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Open Source Sketch Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Sketch is Pencil Project. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Sketch and 11 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Sketch are Penpot, Akira, Alva and Graphite Editor.

Sketch alternatives are mainly Vector Graphic Apps but may also be UI Design Tools or Prototyping Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Sketch.
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  1. Pencil is a standalone app that lets you create diagrams or UI mockups. It doesn't have collaboration/multi-user features.

    Discontinued

    The last release/commit was in October 2019.

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    Most users think Pencil Project is a great alternative to Sketch.

    it's free and does the basics of ux/ui design and stencils/models are free as well

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    joaozitopolo

    Pencil is projected to design apps and sites. That proposal lets Pencil a valuable alternative to Sketch.

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    Buggy, I get it's free and the developers have done an amazing job for free software but it really isn't good enough to replace sketch if you want to use it for a daily tool that your job depends on.

    If you your a product owner or an engineer and just want to get an idea put together it's fine. But it's not a UX designer's main tool solution.

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    Very poor interface to start even a small project

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    Easy, multiplatform, open source

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    Penpot

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted

    Penpot is the first Open Source design and prototyping platform meant for cross-domain teams. Non dependent on operating systems, Penpot is web based and works with open web standards (SVG). For all and empowered by the community.

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    randomperson

    For free and open-source enthusiasts that won't go near proprietary software like Sketch or Figma, Penpot is the most advanced option out there.

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    Akira

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • GTK+

    Akira is a native Linux Design application built in Vala and GTK. Akira focuses on offering a modern and fast approach to UI and UX Design, mainly targeting web designers and graphic designers.

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    Almost everyone thinks Akira is a great alternative to Sketch.
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    Alva

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Alva works with your production frontend components, adding up-to-date, responsive, and interactive designs to your living styleguide.

    Discontinued

    The project is no longer maintained: https://github.com/meetalva/alva/issues/852 Last version, 0.9.1, released in January 2019, can be still downloaded from GitHub

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    Almost everyone thinks Alva is a great alternative to Sketch.

    It's reeeeeally good. Not just another bloated svg editor, like Sketch. Use this one, ditch the rest.

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    saeed69

    It is awesome, modern and opensource!

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    Graphite Editor

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    Graphite is an open source, cross-platform digital content creation desktop and web application for 2D graphics editing, photo processing, vector art, digital painting, illustration, data visualization, compositing, and more.

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    Webchemy

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    Webchemy is an open-source cross-platform web-app for creating idea sparking sketches. Based on the desktop application Alchemy, Webchemy takes some of its drawing tools and brings them to the web.

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    Ella

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Ella (an acronym for Elegant Light Linux Animator) is a light animation software intended to achieve a aim of the Linux world : a functionnal and WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) 2D animation sofware.

    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed. Last version, 0.4.2, released in 2012, can be still downloaded from Launchpad.

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    DrawBerry

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    DrawBerry provides all the same features of commercial applications such as Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape; except in a free, easy to use, lightweight, and powerful application which is also open-source.

    Discontinued

    The project is no longer updated. Last version, 0.8.1, released in 2009, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    Emblem

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    • GitLab

    Emblem is a browser-based, game design tool for creating and editing vector graphics using Blender style controls.

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    BitMappery

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    A photo editing tool running inside your web browser.

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