Figma is predominantly a browser-based software, which means it can be run on all full desktop operating systems (MacOS, Windows, Linux, etc), as well as Chrome OS .
Figma also has desktop applications available for both MacOS and Windows. Learn more about the requirements of using Figma's Desktop Apps: http://help.figma.com/getting-started/figma-desktop-app
For live device previewing, you can also download the Figma Mirror app, which is available on both iOS and Android devices.
In this article, we'll cover:
- Minimum Browser Requirements.
- Supported Graphics Cards.
- Using Figma on a mobile device.
Minimum Browser Requirements
Figma uses webGL (Web Graphics Library) to handle rendering, this has very low graphical requirements which means it runs well on most browsers.
Having trouble? Try updating to the latest version of your browser - we recommend enabling automatic updates to keep things up-to-date!
The minimum browser requirements are:
- Chrome 49+
- Firefox 45+
- Safari 10+ (Apple - macOS)
- Edge 14+ (Windows)
You can find out what browser and operating system version you're using via What's my Browser.
Note: We no longer support any versions of Internet Explorer.
Supported Graphics Cards
On Windows and Linux, OS and device driver updates are often required to keep performance optimal.
On MacOS (Apple), any OS releases will update Safari and provide any bug fixes related to WebGL.
Any graphics cards from Intel, Nvidia and AMD should be from 2012, or later. While earlier graphics cards may work, we can't guarantee performance or ensure the drivers are up-to-date or supported. The minimum requirements are as follows:
- Intel HD Graphics 4000 and above
- Nvidia 330m and above
- ATI Radeon HD 4850 and above
While Figma doesn’t restrict graphics cards, some browsers will blacklist certain versions. To work around this, please read our Configuring your browser guide.
Dedicated versus integrated graphics cards
Some newer laptops will have both a dedicated card (e.g. Nvidia or AMD) and an integrated graphical processor (e.g. Intel or AMD). Enabling the dedicated graphics card with Figma can result in improved performance (up to 8 times faster). This will affect battery consumption, so we recommend switching back to the integrated card when extending battery life is more important.
If you have a dual-GPU laptop, here are some ways to choose the dedicated GPU:
- macOS > gfxcardstatus app - allows you to switch the graphics card, https://gfx.io/
- Windows > Nvidia control panel (Windows): set chrome.exe to use discrete graphics card.
- Windows > AMD control panel (Windows) - set chrome.exe to use discrete graphics card.
Using Figma on Mobile Devices
Figma has predominantly been designed and built around the desktop experience.
If you have a mobile device, like a Smartphone or Tablet, then you can access a pared back version of Figma, which will display a view only version of your files.
You can also view Prototypes on a mobile browser by opening a Prototyping link on your mobile device. As the address bar will obstruct and prevent some actions from being performed, we can't guarantee a seamless experience.
The minimum requirements on mobile browsers are:
- Safari on iOS 10, 11, 12
- Chrome on Android 7.0 - 9.0
If you don’t want to download the Figma Mirror app, then you can still view a live device preview by heading to head to figma.com/mobile-app in your mobile browser.