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If you are looking how to create, share or update library components, head over to the Libraries section.

To add a new Library, choose Add Library… in the Preference tab and select the .sketch Library document.

An annotated image showing the different parts of the Sketch interface.
  1. Workspace Libraries, Remote Libraries and Local Libraries will be displayed in separate sections.
  2. Toggle visibility of your Libraries in the Mac app using the checkboxes, this is handy when you have lots of Libraries to manage.
  3. Control-clicking on a Library Add Library in the list will bring up options to show it in the Finder, open it, view it in the web app or remove it altogether.
  4. The More options menu gives you the same options for any Library you’ve selected as if you have control-clicked on it.
  5. Add Library lets you add Libraries from anywhere on your computer via the standard macOS open dialog.

How to Restore Missing Libraries

If you see a warning in your Library preferences about a missing Library, this means the Mac app can’t find that .sketch Library document.

If you know you still have the document, Control-click the Library, or click the More options icon at the bottom of the list with the Library selected, choose Locate…, and select the library again.

Removing and disabling Libraries

To delete a Library, control-click on the Library you want to uninstall and select Remove Library…. Although you can’t delete Libraries in your Workspace from the Preference window, you can always disable them.

When you disable a Library, you won’t see it in the Insert Menu or Insert Window. This can be helpful to organize your workflow and only show those libraries you are currently working with. You can always enable a Library back.

Note: Removing a Library that any of your Sketch documents are using will unlink any Symbols in that document and move them into the local Symbols page. This is destructive and you can’t undo this process.

Last updated on 05 May 2021

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