Using skpm as a build system

Sketch allows arbitrary plugins written in CocoaScript to run. skpm is a utility to create, build and manage Sketch plugins. It takes care of transforming your JavaScript into CocoaScript and makes sure the context it is running in is as close as possible to what you are used to when writing JavaScript.


Important: Node.JS > V6.x is a minimum requirement.

npm install -g skpm


Creating a new plugin

skpm create my-plugin --template=airbnb/react-sketchapp

A note on templates

The purpose of skpm templates are to provide opinionated development tooling setups so that users can get started with actual plugin code as fast as possible.

💁 Tip: Any Github repo with a 'template' folder can be used as a custom template: skpm create <project-name> --template=<username>/<repository>

Build the plugin

Once the installation is done, you can run some commands inside the project folder:

npm run build

To watch for changes:

npm run watch

Additionally, if you wish to run the plugin every time it is built:

npm run render

View the plugin's log

To view the output of your console.log, you have a few different options:

  • Using the sketch-dev-tools
  • Open and look for the sketch logs
  • Look at the ~/Library/Logs/com.bohemiancoding.sketch3/Plugin Output.log file

Skpm provides a convenient way to do the latter:

skpm log

  -f, -F        The `-f` option causes tail to not stop when end of file is
                reached, but rather to wait for additional data to be appended
                to the input.                       [boolean] [default: "false"]
  --number, -n  Shows `number` lines of the logs.                       [number]

Custom Configuration


To customize Babel, you have two options:

  • You may create a .babelrc file in your project's root directory. Any settings you define here will overwrite matching config-keys within skpm preset. For example, if you pass a "presets" object, it will replace & reset all Babel presets that skpm defaults to.

  • If you'd like to modify or add to the existing Babel config, you must use a webpack.skpm.config.js file. Visit the webpack section for more info.


To customize webpack create webpack.skpm.config.js file which exports function that will change webpack's config.

 * Function that mutates original webpack config.
 * Supports asynchronous changes when promise is returned.
 * @param {object} config - original webpack config.
 * @param {boolean} isPluginCommand - wether the config is for a plugin command or a resource
module.exports = function(config, isPluginCommand) {
  /** you can change config here **/