Sketch: Live Preview in Second Monitor?

8 years ago from , Product Designer

I have connected a monitor to my Macbook. I want to have the same Sketch document (or artboard) open in both the screens. On my laptop, I'd be zooming in and working on the details. On my external monitor, I'd like to see a live preview at 100% zoom. Basically, Sketch Mirror, for desktop.

Is this possible?

The keyword here is "live". The preview has to update without me having to press any key combination.

I could find anything on Google. Any kind of help would be appreciated :)


  • Guy MeyerGuy Meyer, 8 years ago

    I don't think that functionality exists, but the latest Sketch beta allows you to view Sketch art boards in a browser. That should work when it's released. I don't know if it will support live refreshing though.

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    • Shrihari Sankaran, 8 years ago

      I just downloaded and tried that feature in the latest beta. Surprisingly, it does what I wanted. It refreshes the preview without me having to even save it. Pretty sweet :)

      There's a slight lag though. But that's something I can live with for now.

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      • Micah Daigle, almost 8 years ago (edited almost 8 years ago )

        How? Using the "Local Sharing" option? If so, it's really distracting to me, because it zooms out of the artboard and then back into it every single time I change something. Am I missing another feature?

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  • Sherizan SheikhSherizan Sheikh, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    What can be done is to have a script saving the sketch file after every action you make, even zooming in/out and you can have the exported file (.png or whatever) in normal Mac Preview mode in your other screen that is already refreshing itself after each save. Kinda doable if you ask me :)

    If not try Sketch Mirror :)


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    • Shrihari Sankaran, 8 years ago

      Thank you Sherizan for your suggestion. I would have tried doing this, if not for the Sketch Beta. As mentioned in another comment, the latest Sketch beta allows you to view Sketch artboards live in a browser. Works pretty nicely :)

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      • Siniša ŠašićSiniša Šašić, over 6 years ago

        When you got a larger no. of artboards it won’t even load them all, and the lag is more than significant. Unusable for a fast-pace productivity.

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