Sketch Version 40.1 (33804) - performance issues

almost 7 years ago from , Senior Digital Product Designer

Ever since I've updated to Sketch 4 and beyond it became slow and causing performance issues. Loading times are painfully slow and it doesn't matter if there are lots or only a couple of artboards, images etc.... Even zooming and panning across became slow. Using a Mac mini late 2014 with 2,6GHz i5, 16gb of memory, ssd hard drive and Intel Iris graphics, running El Capitan 10.11.1.

I do not have performance problems with Os X nor any other graphics software, even Adobe stuff runs smoothly.

Anyone experiencing the same issues?


  • Patrick WestwoodPatrick Westwood, almost 7 years ago

    Running on Mid 2015 '15 Pro, Sierra and I don't seem to have any performance issues.

    3 points
  • Daniel BalazsDaniel Balazs, almost 7 years ago

    Same here. Very laggy and it's a pain to use Sketch.

    3 points
  • John Jackson, almost 7 years ago

    Sketch is a great product, but this is one thing that I absolutely hate about it. I don't like the fact that every release is a hit or miss in terms of performance. Some releases, it's awesome and fast. Other releases, the performance is absolute rubbish. Two releases ago, I could barely use Sketch because of crashing. The next release fixed those issues. Sketch 40, though, has reintroduced some of the performance issues that I was originally dealing with.

    I initially thought it might be the fact that I was running on an older MacBook Pro, but I recently picked up a maxed out 2015 15" MacBook Pro and it didn't change a thing. I really wish they would focus heavily on performance for a little while.

    New features are useless if the product barely runs.

    2 points
  • Evan DinsmoreEvan Dinsmore, almost 7 years ago

    Yes, unbearably bad.

    2 points
  • Scott Johnson, almost 7 years ago

    Yes, several folks on my team are having the same issues. Every few minutes, it freezes and out comes the beach ball. Pretty frustrating.

    This is on a 2015 MBP with 16 GB of RAM.

    2 points
  • Jan SemlerJan Semler, almost 7 years ago

    Macbook Pro Retina Mid 2015 runs slow and lags.

    2 points
  • Mike BusbyMike Busby, almost 7 years ago

    Noticing lots of issues, as well as a load of graphical glitches

    1 point
  • Dakoda Reid, almost 7 years ago

    Happens to me too. Support told me to go back to v39. It's been working perfectly.


    1 point
  • Ix TechauIx Techau, almost 7 years ago

    Devs have confirmed that there is a problem with the combination of Sketch 40 + Sierra + Radeon graphics cards. App slows down and beach ball bonanza all over. Told me a week ago that it would be fixed in "days", but 40.1 did not fix the problem. Some people claim that turning off Mirror helps.

    1 point
  • Gregory Mirzayantz, almost 7 years ago

    Same Issue with 40.3 El Capital 10.11.6 doesn't solve the issue

    Lag seems to happen on larger project files only though

    0 points
  • leanne mclaughlinleanne mclaughlin, almost 7 years ago

    I haven't had any problems on my iMac (27-inch, Late 2013) or my macbook pro (15 inch, Late 2015) both running Sierra. I've only been creating wireframes and UI designs so far but both have quiet a lot of screens and haven't had an issue with lag or zoom (so far).

    0 points
  • tony wtony w, almost 7 years ago

    It runs pretty smooth for me. However, snapping to edges and groups suddenly becoming click-through enabled when disabled in settings, is getting really annoying.

    0 points
  • Mike Abbot, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    This happens without using mirror. I've now updated the system to 10.11.6 and it looks like it solved the issue. Will test it for a few days and share the results.

    0 points
  • Patrick LoonstraPatrick Loonstra, almost 7 years ago

    I have especially performance trouble when Mirror is running for previewing design in my phone. I mentioned it via Twitter to them and they are aware of it. https://twitter.com/buxx/status/778938782569598976

    0 points