Exporting to Code 🚚
All you need to know about Sketch2React's different ways of exporting to code.

Export to Capacitor.js

Wanna go directly to iOS & Android? Who wouldn't 😺πŸ’ͺ
You now also can export directly to iOS & Android project via something awesome called Capacitor.js​
    Make sure you have all links between pages working and that you have visited each page once (it gets added to our export bundle that way)
    Click on the Download button πŸ‘‰ Download Capacitor project
    Unzip the folder we created for you
    Make sure you compress the images, we 🧑 TinyPNG​
    Drag the entire folder onto e.g., Visual Studio Code
    Open up a New Terminal in VSC
    Type npm install and hit enter

Install Xcode Command Line Tools & CocoaPods

This is crucial to do before you go to the next step of installing either the iOS or Android platforms.
    Download and install the Xcode Command Line tools. You can do this directly from within Xcode or you can just fire up the mighty Terminal app and add this installation snippet:
xcode-select β€”install
    Download and install CocoaPods, easiest is just by adding this snippet directly in the Terminal:
sudo gem install cocoapods

Choose between iOS or Android

Now comes the part where you choose which platform to install for use with Capacitor. You can choose between iOS or Android, we have added both to the config.json file.

For iOS

Just follow these instructions.

For Android

Just follow these instructions.

How to export to React

Follow these instructions to the point and you’ll be exporting to React code and components in super little time. We promise πŸ‘

Adding things to export

    Open up Sketch2React app.
    Go to File, Link Sketch-file (⌘L) or just drag and drop the Sketch file
    Your Sketch file needs to have our markup rules (components etc)
    Before anything can be exported to code, you need to add each artboard/page to our export bundle. You do that by visiting each page in your design, it adds itself automagically to our bundle after each page load. Neat right?
    Press Download icon
    Press React and save the .zip somewhere locally on your computer.

Known issues

Don’t save to Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive. Or use at your own risk of being really annoyed πŸ˜…
Once you begin installing all the packages that are included in our React export, these services will most likely hickup. Or send you automated emails complaining you have to many files 😸
This is because we use Create React App (among other things) and it contains an amazingly amount of really small files. Size-wise we’re talking about approx 220MB of downloaded packages.
iCloud seems to be working fine with these many small files, no crash so far and the syncing seems to be working great between computers linked to the same Apple ID.
🏎️ Cool, now let’s move on to the really exciting part…
Now comes a couple of steps that first can seem very odd and very unfamiliar. Specially if you have never installed thingies via the Terminal. We have streamlined this as much as we can but hey, this is a real design to code environment, you can’t cheat your way through this 😸

πŸ–οΈ Node.js

For our React export to work you first need to install Node.js.
    Node.js is an open source server environment
    Node.js is free
    Node.js runs on various platforms (Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, etc.)
    Node.js uses JavaScript on the server
Download the latest build from here​

How to export to React (Terminal)

First of all, make sure you have admin rights to your computer or nothing of the below things will ever work.
    Open Terminal app. You know that weird little app you maybe have been in contact with when doing funky stuff to your Mac πŸ˜† It’s actually really friendly, don’t be afraid. But weird yes.
    Write cd and do a blank space
    Go to your dl Sketch2React .zip, unzip and drag drop the entire folder onto your Terminal window. Drop it precisely after the words cd + your blank space. It should look something like this cd /users/
    Hit Enter β†©οΈŽ

How to install all required packages (Terminal)

    Write npm install and hit enter β†©οΈŽ
    Since you have entered the correct cd installation of all required packages should begin

How to start your development server (Terminal)

    Write npm start and hit enter β†©οΈŽ
    It will take up to one minute and then you will see this message in the Terminal will open up your default browser with localhost:3000
    Done! Now continue with your development outside of Sketch, do all changes directly in code.

How to create a build (Terminal)

    If the server is running, press Control+C to stop it
You can’t create a build while the server is running!
    Write npm run build and hit enter β†©οΈŽ
It will create a optimized build of your entire project. It takes a bit of time, just chill, stand up, look out your window or something πŸ˜„

Building for Relative Paths

By default, Create React App produces a build assuming your app is hosted at the server root.
Here’s how you change that.
Open up package.json and enter this very path below version:
"homepage": "http://mywebsite.com/relativepath",
In our case here, we changed it to our own relative path.

Export to HTML

    First of all, make sure you visit each and every page within our code app that you want to be included in your Export Bundle. Wait for the Your Artboard was added to the export bundle message to appear, it will take a few seconds per artboard, we're just making sure all the good stuff gets included 😺
    Go to the Side Bar in our app and click Download
    Save to great place
    You know have a .zip file with all of your files, assets neatly organized in separate folders
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