How bring Storybook components into Figma?

How bring Storybook components into Figma?
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Why do you need a Storybook?

We immediately chose Storybook for three reasons when we first started thinking about how to solve this problem.

  1. A storybook is a tool we use to build, test, and document our UI.
  2. Storybook’s developers are passionate about their UI quality and speed of development.
  3. Storybook is a well-documented platform that allows us to build an Addon that unlocks valuable value for our users quickly.

Storybooks can be integrated with design tools to accelerate your development workflow. This allows you to identify and fix inconsistencies in your design process earlier, find existing components that can be reused, and compare designs with stories.

Also Read : Figma VS Sketch – What’s Are Critical Differences?

What if you bring a Storybook to Figma?

Storybook allows designers to import live code components and all variants into their existing design tools via Storybook. Storybook is available starting with Figma. They can import a component’s story (aka all variants) and a whole Storybook library in one click. This will allow them to see the user’s view as they design.


Embed Storybook with Figma using the plugin

Storybook Connect allows you to embed Figma component stories using Figma. It is powered by Storybook embeds and Chromatic (a publishing tool developed by the Storybook team).


Install the plugin

It would be best if you had a Storybook published on Chromatic before we can begin. It contains the index, versions, and access control to the plugin.

To install the plugin, go to Storybook Connect.

Figma opens the command palette. In Mac OS, use the command +/; in Windows, use Control +/). Type Storybook Connect to activate it.

Follow these instructions to connect with Chromatic and authenticate.


Links stories to Figma components

Figma components, variants, and instances can be linked to stories.

Visit a Storybook published by Chromatic. It should be on the branch that you wish to link. Copy the URL of the story.

Select the component in Figma. Open the plugin and copy the URL.

Chromatic will update your linked stories automatically to reflect the latest Storybook published on that branch. The link will persist even if you push the new code.


Now in Figma, view the Stories

Once the stories are connected, you can view them by clicking on the link in the sidebar. Click “View story.” You can also open the plugin using the command palette (Mac OS: Command + /; Windows: Control + + /) and then type Storybook Connect.


How does Addon work?

Our goal was to develop a tool that is specifically tailored for component-driven teams, teams that value consistency, quality, speed, and efficiency.


Install design addon

To install the addon, run the following command.

Update your Storybook configuration (in .storybook/main.js|ts) to include the addon.


Link Figma components to stories

Figma will open the file that you wish to embed in Storybook. Files, prototypes, parts, and frames can be embedded.

  • Click the “Share” button to embed a file or prototype. This will generate a unique URL. Click the “Copy link.”
  • In the Share dialog, click “Link to selected frames” to embed a component. Right-click on the frame to go to “Copy/Paste As” >> “Copy Link.”

Add a new parameter called design to Storybook and copy the Figma URL. Example:


View designs from Storybook

Click the “Design” tab within the addon panel to view embedded Figma designs.



Zeplin is a design tool that generates style guides using Sketch, Figma, and Adobe XD.

Connect Storybook with the Zeplin addon. This addon displays Zeplin designs alongside the currently selected story. You can overlay the design image on top of the live component with convenient tooling.

Zeplin’s native application also supports links to published Storybooks.

Related Article : Figma VS Adobe Xd – Which One Is The Best And Better For Your Design?


The benefits of linking your codebase with your design tools

Benefits for designers

You can now see the code components of your developer’s codebase, mapped in Figma. This includes all variants. This will allow you to design with existing components rather than spend time creating new ones. Your designs will not be lost in translation, and your final results will look exactly how you wanted them to.


Benefits for developers

Your designers will be able to use existing components. This allows you to reuse rather than rebuild what is already in your codebase. When you are given a current component with a link to the Storybook or a new component to code from scratch, you will know. You’ll be able to build quickly and accurately using your existing codebase, which is clean and ready to deploy.


Benefits to Founders & MVP Builders

Do you need more design resources? Do you need to ship MVPs quickly? Select an open-source library and let us convert it to Figma components. We will then export the code.



UI UX design system can work easier by synchronizing code and design. Storybook can be integrated with design tools to accelerate your development workflow. By adding Storybook to Figma, you will get a fantastic result in the way of the design process. You now know what you can do, so go ahead and try it.


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