Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Adobe XD

Adobe is a large multinational computer software company with over 22,000 employees. Its flagship products include Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, XD, Acrobat DC, and the Portable Document Format (PDF). The products are wrapped up and marketed as the Creative Cloud, a subscription-only way of accessing more than 20 desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX, and more.

We are long-standing admirers of Adobe’s products. They develop many high quality proprietary programs. It’s true there are security and privacy concerns in relation to some of their products. And there’s considerable criticism attached to their pricing practices. But the real issue is Adobe Creative Cloud does not support Linux. And there’s no prospect of support forthcoming.

What if you are looking to move away from Adobe and embark on a new world of online freedom, where you are not tracked, monetised and attached to Adobe’s ecosystem. We only recommend free and open source alternatives. Our recommended software don’t necessarily replicate every feature of their Adobe counterparts but they offer sufficient functionality for many tasks.

Adobe XD

Adobe XD is the Adobe prototyping tool for user experience and interaction designers.

Adobe XD features are used for creating wireframes, prototypes, and screen designs for digital products. The software creates user interfaces for mobile and web apps.

What are the best free and open source alternatives? Here’s our recommendations.

1. Pencil

Pencil is an animation/drawing software.

It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics.

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2. Akira

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. The main goal is to offer a valid and professional solution for designers who want to use Linux as their main OS.

Akira is in an early stage of development.

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3. Penpot

Penpot is a design and prototyping platform meant for cross-domain teams. Penpot is web based and works with open web standards (SVG).


Penpot is written in Clojure.

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