Differences between the Framer desktop and web app

While the macOS desktop and web versions of Framer contain many of the same features, some things are specific to each version. Framer for web is available for free, with additional features in the Starter plan, while desktop is only included with the Pro plan and above. If you’re a current subscriber, learn more about what happens to your existing Framer license.

We have no plans to deprecate Framer desktop (previously known as Framer X) and where technically possible, we do plan to achieve parity between web and desktop. In many cases, we consider the desktop app to be a worthy companion to the web version of our product.

The table below describes current features that are specific to either the web or desktop client.

Desktop onlyWeb only
Web Exports/PreviewsLive collaboration
Installing packages from NPMCommenting
Git integrationFigma importing
Asset exportingPrototype view
Using local fonts*Project dashboard

Note: support for local fonts is scheduled to come to Framer Web soon.

File format

Files created with the desktop app have their own file format of .framerx and live locally on your Mac.

They can easily be uploaded to the web version from the Import menu on the Framer Web dashboard. Conversely, Framer desktop files can be uploaded to the web by navigating to File and clicking Download.

Files created with the desktop app have their own file format, .framerx, and live locally on your Mac.

These files can easily be uploaded to the web app from the Import menu on the Framer Web dashboard. To open a Framer Web project on the desktop app, open the project on web and choose to Download the project from the menu.