There are many things to adore about Sketch, one of its most loved features is that it makes it very easy to create plugins, made possible by JSTalk, that will extend the functionality even further and the great thing is that the ever-growing community that has a packed full of plugins that you can download and use.

If you’re an experienced Sketch user, then the chances are you already use or know about these plugins, but if you’re new to the whole Sketch app, and not quite sure where to start, so in this post I will have you up and running with the some of the most essential free plugins in no time.

Before you start downloading these plugins, you will need to install Sketch Toolbox, the plugin manager for Sketch that makes it simple to find, download and install the below plugins and many more.

1. Sketch SelectPlus

Sketch app plugin to deep select different categories / types of layer, it can be bitmaps, shapes(Rectangle, Oval, Triangle, Polygon, Star), symbols, text, etc. With the deep selection, layers can be selected at any levels.

2. Override It

Overrideit is sketch plugin that allow designers to search in overridelist and overrides dropdowns, and with many other features.

3. Flow Exporter plugin for Sketch 49+

This plugin exports prototype flows (artboards you link together) to HTML, which you can then host using any web host (such as Firebase Hosting) and share with users, design stakeholders, etc.

4. Textbox fit Content

This plugin sets the height of a selected text layer or all text layers in a selected group to it’s content’s height.

5. Move to library

With this plugin you can now move symbol from your project to any library and re-attach all the symbol instances to this library. also it keep the overrides without any problems and it work with abstract that have libraries not in your local machine.

6. Sketch Auto Translate Plugin

Plugin for Sketch to translate Text Layers and Symbol Overrides via Google Translate.

7. Map Generator 2.0 

Map Generator better than ever!Design beautiful map interfaces, mobile applications and more in less time with Map Generator 2.0. Now powered by Google and Mapbox.  With Map Generator 2.0 it has been build from scratch and the developers with the plugin introduced a new map provider (Mapbox) and a few other enhancements to boost your creation process.

8. Sketch Cache Cleaner

Sketch Cache Cleaner is an app that deletes hidden Sketch history files that can take a lot of space on your hard drive and that you would probably never use.

9. Appalette

A Sketch plugin that lets you find the color palette of (almost) any App.

10. Chromatic Sketch

Create good-looking and perceptually uniform gradients and color scales (using Chroma.js and the Lab color space)

11. Sketch Syntax Highlighter

Automatically highlight the syntax 
of any code snippet, right within Sketch.

12. Looper

Looper is a sketch plugin that helps automate duplication of groups and layers. One can control properties like Rotate, Scale and Opacity while duplicating. This powerful combination enables artists and designers to create interesting geometric and organic patterns.

13. Artboard presets for social media images

This is a Plugin for Sketch App that adds artboard presets for the most common image dimensions of different social media platforms.

14. Bitmap Compressor

A Plugin for Sketch that compresses your bitmap assets, to keep filesize to a minimum. This Plugin requires Sketch 3.8. Please note that the compression is lossless, so no pixels will be harmed by running this Plugin : )

15. Typesettings

Create typesettings once and use them anywhere. Set character spacing and line height of text layers based on the font family, font weight, font size, and letter casing. Better yet, let the plugin do it for you automatically when you allow it to from the plugin preferences.

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15 Free Plugins for Sketch App