Getting Started

To get started with using Sketch, please refer to this guide for downloading, installing, and registration.


Minimum Requirements

In order to use the latest version of Sketch, you must be running macOS High Sierra (10.13.4) or newer. Sketch is small in size, so you don’t need to have gigabytes of free space, and runs perfectly on any machine from MacBook Air to Mac Pro.

Downloading Sketch

If you haven’t done so already, you can download a 30-day free trial of Sketch here.

To help keep your “Downloads” folder clutter-free, when launching Sketch from there, you’ll be given the option to move it into your “Applications” folder automatically.

Your free trial will start as soon as you launch the app and will run for 30 calendar days, regardless of how often you open or use Sketch. To continue using Sketch once your free trial is up you’ll need to purchase a license or register it with a Sketch for Teams account.

Purchasing Sketch

You can purchase a personal license for the Sketch Mac app from our store in your country’s currency. When you purchase a persona license you will receive an email with your license key.

If you’re looking to order multiple copies of Sketch for your company or business, then we offer special volume pricing depending on your quantity. If you’re in education, you can apply for a discount of 50% via our education store and one of our friendly support staff will get back to you with your request.

If you ever lose your license key or accidentally delete the email we’ve sent you, then don’t worry. You can always recover your information through the License Manager.


Launch the Sketch Mac app and click the Register Now notification in the top-left corner of the window. From here, you can select whether you’re registering using a personal license key or a Sketch for Teams account.

For personal licenses, select the Personal License tab, copy-and-paste in the license key from your email, and (optionally) sign in or create an Sketch Account for Sketch Cloud.

If you’re registering with your Sketch for Teams account details, select the Sketch for Teams tab in the registration window, enter your Sketch Account details and choose Sign In.

Using Sketch on Multiple Macs

When you purchase Sketch, your license entitles you to use Sketch on one computer only. If you have multiple Macs, or people using Sketch, you can either purchase a volume license at a discount, or add more seats to an existing license key.

Moving Sketch to a New Mac

If you have formatted your device or you want to use Sketch on a new Mac, you’ll need to unlink your device or sign out of your Sketch Account (if you’re part of a Team). To do this, choose Sketch › Preferences… and head to the Account tab, from there choose either Unlink Device or Sign Out depending on whether you’ve registered with a persona license or with a Sketch Account.

On your new Mac, you can register Sketch by following the instructions above.

Older versions of sketch

If you’re running an old version of macOS you’ll need to download a compatible version of Sketch. Similarly, if you no longer pay for updates, you’ll only be able to use the latest version of Sketch that your license is valid for. To download older versions of the app, go to our Updates page and scroll until you find the version you need, then download and install it using the instructions above.

Sketch Beta

Sketch updates are released frequently and, as part of the testing process for new releases, there are often beta versions of the app available. If you want to try out the latest features and improvements before they’re released you can download the Sketch Beta here. If you find any regressions in the beta, we’d love it if you could submit a detailed bug report. To report bugs or send feedback, simply click on Help in the Sketch Beta menu and choose Contact Customer Support.

Remember, as with any other pre-release beta, use it at your own risk!

Contacting Support

Need further help getting started with Sketch? If you ever come across any issues relating to registering Sketch, or anything else, then you can find more helpful information here as well as in our Support section.

We hope you enjoy using Sketch!

Last modified on Jun 21, 2019

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