Merge branch into main file
Who can merge branches
Only people with an editor role in an organization or workspace can access the branching feature.
Anyone with can edit access to the main file can merge branches.
When you want to apply your branch changes to the main file, you can merge the branch. If you have multiple branches and contributors, we recommend coordinating merges to reduce errors or disruption.
If you have view only access to the main file, you will need to request a branch review from someone with edit access.
If you have edit access to the main file, you can go ahead and merge the branch. You can still choose to request a review from a collaborator.
Caution: If you have an active memory limit banner in your file, you can't review and merge changes. Figma will disable the Review and merge changes setting. To get updates from the main file or merge a branch, you need to reduce your memory usage.
Open branch review
- Open the branch you want to merge.
- Expand the menu next to the file/branch name in the toolbar.
- Select Review and merge changes to open the branch review modal.
- You may need to review updates from the main file and resolve any conflicts. Click Resolve conflicts to start the process.
At the moment, you need to merge all updates from the branch into the main file. There isn't a way to select or merge specific changes.
- View a list of components, instances, or layers that have been , , or . Figma groups changes by page.
- Select an object or page to view changes. You can choose to view these side by side or as an overlay.
- View the layer, frame, or component name at the top of the modal.
- Use the buttons to:
- Zoom out
- Zoom in
FITZoom to fit
- Use and arrows at the bottom to move between changes if there is more than one change.
- Click in the top left to go back to the summary.
Side by side
Side by side view allows you to see both designs at the same time. This is the default display option.
- The left side shows what your object looks like before your changes (the main file).
- The right side shows what that object look will look like after the merge (the branch).
Overlay allows you to compare the before and after by placing them on top of one another.
- The layer underneath is the element before the branch is merged (the main file).
- The top on top is the element after the merge (the branch).
You can drag the toggle left or right to adjust the opacity of the after object.
Click Merge to apply changes from the branch to the main file. This will also archive the branch.
Figma will show a notification at the bottom of the screen to confirm the merge. There is an option to add a name and description for the merge in the file's version history.
- Click Edit merge description.
- Add a Name for the merge.
- Give the merge a Description.
- Click Save to apply.
You can also come back and add or edit this description in the file's version history.
It’s possible to undo merges and updates by restoring a previous version of the branch or main file. This also applies if you notice something doesn’t look right after a merge or update. Incomplete updates and merges →