Learn how to share design specs with developers.

Design specs empower you to share design properties of your files with the developers. By sharing the design specs, you provide key information like object height, width, size, alignment, relative spacing between two icons (objects), colors, and typography.

When you share the design specs as public links, you can also restrict access through password protection. To password-protect an already shared design spec, see Password protect existing prototype links.

When you share design specs as secure private links, you can invite internal and external reviewers and set permissions to reshare them further. Reviewers can add, remove, or accept requests from other set of reviewers who want to access or view the secure private link.

To share design specs:

  1. Open the Adobe XD file that you want to share with the developers.

  2. Click Share to switch to Share mode. 

  3. In the Link Settings pane, set a design spec title.

    Share for Development options
    Share for Development options
  4. From View Setting, select Development, and choose the output of your form factor (Web, iOS, or Android).


    XD sets the default units of measurement based on the option chosen in the share dialog box.

    • iOS: Default unit is pt, assets are available in 1x, 2x, and 3x.
    • Web: Default unit is px, assets are available in 1x and 2x.
    • Android: Default unit is dp.

    These default units are not editable.

  5. Click Create Link to generate a sharable link. You can also access it from the URL picker list () in the Property Inspector in the Share mode.

  6. If you want to create a public link: 
    • Click the link to open the design specs in the default browser.
    • Click Copy Link to copy the public link and send it to developer for inspection.
  7. If you want to create a secured private link to be shared, select Only invited people in the Who Has Access settings.

  8. Add your reviewers in the Invite option and set permissions to reshare.

    • Can view lets reviewers view and add comments for the design specs shared.
    • Can share, the default permission lets reviewers reshare the design specs. Reviewers can add, remove, or accept requests from other reviewers who want to access or view the published private link.
  9. Click Invite.

  10. You can continue updating your design even after you have shared the design link. You can update the existing link with the changes you have made, and click Update Link

    To create a new link to the design specs, from Manage Links, click New Link

If you have any issues with sharing or viewing shared design specs, see Workarounds for common design spec errors.

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