Auto Layout by Anima

Responsive design for designers

v0.11.5 is compatible with Sketch 49.0.0

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📐 Responsive Design for Sketch

Auto-Layout is a plugin for Sketch that enables designers to design fully responsive artboards.

☝️ Features

  • 📍 Pins (Constraints) - Learn more
  • 🗄 Stacks (Flexbox) - Learn more
  • ⚡️ Updates in real time when dragging layers
  • 🖥 Easily generate an overview of all screen sizes
  • 💎 Supports Symbols
  • 📱 Supports Web/iOS/Android
  • 🚀 Export a live, responsive website using Launchpad plugin (included)

📺 Videos

📝 Blog posts

  • 📐 Auto-Layout Read
  • 🗄 Stacks (Flexbox) Read

🏃🏼 Install with Sketch Runner

  • With Sketch Runner, just go to the install command and search for Auto Layout. Runner allows you to manage plugins and do much more to speed up your workflow in Sketch. Download Runner here.

Install with Sketch Runner

Installation via Sketch Plugin Manager:

  1. In the 'Catalog' tab of the Sketch Plugin Manager window, click in the 'Search' field and type 'Auto Layout', to filter the list.
  2. You will see the 'Auto Layout' plugin listed at the top of the list. Click the 'Instal' button inside it.

📖 Documentation



Simple pinning allows to pin a layer to its parent with the following:

  • Top
  • Right
  • Bottom
  • Left
  • Center Horizontally
  • Center Vertically

When selecting a pin, Auto-Layout will set the pin constant value as the current pixel value.

For example if a layer is 20px from the right and you select Pin to Right, the right pin constant value will be set to 20px.

Once a pin is set, Auto-Layout will enforce the pin value when the artboard is resized.

For example if you pinned a layer to the right by 20px, you can resize the artboard by dragging its right side and you'll notice the layer always stays 20px from the right.

Pin to Parent

  • A Layer is always pinned to its Parent
  • A parent can be either an Artboard or a Group
  • Pinning betweein siblins can be achieved using Stacks

Layer in an Artboard

Layer in a Group


  • To reveal the advanced pinning panel click Pins
  • You can pin a layer either by pixels or by percent.
  • Pixels values are in the left text boxes, Percent values are in the right text boxes.
  • Use the Toggle button to select which type of pinning.

Pinning by Pixels

Pinning by Percent


Width & Height

You can set a Layer width and height by checking the width and height checkboxes.
When you check the width or height box, Auto-Layout will set the current value as the constraint value. The taken value will be either by pixels or by percent, depending on the current toggle state.

Min & Max

You can set the miniumum or maximum value of the width or the height of a Layer

Once set, the layer width or height will never exceed the min/max values, no matter what the Artboard size is.

To keep the layer pinned to the left rather from the right, set the width to % and uncheck Right pin.

Custom Height

In some cases you want to extend the height of an artboard further than the default platform screen sizes, in order to show how the design looks when the user scrolls down.

Auto-Layout will automatically recognize artboards that do not have default screen sizes and will never decrease their height to less than their original height.


  • A centered Layer is always centered to its Parent
  • A parent can be either an Artboard or a Group

Center Horizontally

You can center a layer horizontally to its parent.

Center Vertically

You can center a layer vertically to its parent.


What is a Stack?

A Stack is a special type of Group that defines the layout of its child Layers.

A Stack Group icon has a special Blue color and an indicator of its Direction.

How to Stack?

To Stack layers  or groups, select them and click the Stack button in Auto-Layout panel.

Stack Properties

A Stack has 3 properties:

  1. Direction: Defines if stacking of child Layers is Horizontal or Vertical.
  2. Alignment: Can be Top/Center/Bottom/Spread
  3. Spacing: Defines the spacing between each child Layer.


Defines if stacking of child Layers is Horizontal or Vertical.


Can be Top/Center/Bottom/Spread


Defines the spacing between each child Layer.

Stack Nesting

Stacks can be nested


Scaling Text Background

Sketch file


Walkthrough Video (29:09) by Pablo Stanley

Walkthrough Video (7:36) by Chris Slowik

Flex Grid Video (25:25)

Dynamic Buttons Blog Post by Giusè


You can toggle all artboards by clicking the Orientation toggle button.


Presets are pre-defined Artboard sizes of real world screen sizes devices.
Once you've defined Auto-Layout on your design, you can easily change Artboard sizes to these presets.


| Device | Width | Height | Scale | |:---------:|:--------:|:---------:|:-----:| | iPhone 4 | 320 | 480 | 2 | | iPhone SE | 320 | 568 | 2 | | iPhone 7 | 375 | 667 | 2 | | iPhone 7+ | 414 | 736 | 3 | | iPad Air | 768 | 1024 | 2 | | iPad Pro | 1024 | 1366 | 2 |

** Scale means that the number of pixels is multiplied according to the scale value.**

  • For example in iPhone 7 the screen size is 375x667 points, but 750x1334 actual pixels since Scale is 2.


| Device | Width | Height | |:-----------------:|:--------:|:---------:| | Android Phone | 360 | 640 | | Android Tablet 7' | 600 | 960 | | Android Tablet 9' | 768 | 1024 | | Android Desktop | 1280 | 850 |


| Device | Width | Height | |:----------------:|:--------:|:---------:| | Desktop HD | 1440 | 1024 | | Desktop | 1024 | 1024 | | Tablet Portrait | 768 | 1024 | | Mobile Portrait | 320 | 1024 |


Presets Editor

The Plugin comes with a default collection of presets mentioned above. However you can easily add, edit, import and export your own presets.


  1. Click “Platform” -> “Custom”
  2. The “Presets Editor” shows up, click “Import”
  3. Navigate and select the collection json file
  4. Done!


So you’ve made the effort to create a perfect collection of presets and now your colleagues are jealous. Lucky enough you can become the hero of the day by just exporting your collection and sharing it with them.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Present Keyboard Shortcuts settings

You can use the Default shortcuts or assign your own.

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About this plugin

AnimaApp published this plugin 3y ago.

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