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Since: XD 19+ (some APIs added later)

The interactions module and related APIs provide read only information about the document's interactive prototype mode, including:

  • The blue "wires" seen in XD's prototyping UI, known as "interactions," which specify gestures/events which trigger actions to occur in the prototype. Accessible as a single consolidated global listing via this module's allInteractions API, or you can access information from specific nodes in the scenegraph via SceneNode.triggeredInteractions and Artboard.incomingInteractions.

  • Designers can author multiple prototype or interaction flows in a single document and publish unique shareable links for each flow. Developers can access all document flows using the flows API. With multiple flow support the homeArtboard API is being deprecated as XD no longer has a single home artboard restriction.

  • Properties that affect Artboard scrolling behavior: Artboard viewportHeight and node fixedWhenScrolling.

Tip Interactions are a fast-changing area in XD. APIs here have a higher likelihood of becoming deprecated, or lagging behind new XD features, than other parts of XD's plugin APIs.


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1// Get all interactions in the entire document (grouped by triggering node)
2var allInteractions = require("interactions").allInteractions;
4// Get interactions triggered by the selected node
5var nodeInteractions = selection.items[0].triggeredInteractions;
7// Get all interactions leading to a particular artboard
8var artboard = ...
9var interactionsToArtboard = artboard.incomingInteractions;
11// Print out details of one particular interaction
12var interaction = ...
13console.log("Trigger: " + interaction.trigger.type + " -> Action: " + interaction.action.type);


Typedef Interaction#

An interaction consists of a Trigger + Action pair and is attached to a single, specific scenenode.

triggerTriggerUser gesture or other event which will trigger the action.
actionActionAction that occurs.


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2 trigger: {
3 type: "tap"
4 },
5 action: {
6 type: "goToArtboard",
7 destination: /* Artboard node */,
8 preserveScrollPosition: false,
9 transition: {
10 type: "dissolve",
11 duration: 0.4,
12 easing: "ease-out"
13 }
14 }

Tip Note: Interaction objects are not plain JSON -- they may reference scenenodes (as seen above) and other strongly-typed objects.

Typedef Trigger#

Event which triggers an interaction.

typestringOne of the trigger types listed below.

Tip Note: Additional trigger types may be added in the future. Always be sure to have a default case for unknown triggers when working with Interaction objects.


When the user clicks or taps on a scenenode.


When the user drags or swipes a scenenode. Can only trigger a goToArtboard action with the autoAnimate transition style.


Once a set amount of time elapses (this trigger type only exists on Artboard nodes). Additional Trigger properties:

delaynumberDelay time in ms.


When the user speaks a specific voice command. Additional Trigger properties:

speechCommandstringPhrase the user speaks to trigger this command.

Typedef Action#

Action performed when the trigger occurs.

typestringOne of the action types listed below.

Tip Note: Additional action types may be added in the future. Always be sure to have a default case for unknown actions when working with Interaction objects.


Navigate the entire screen to view a different artboard. Additional Action properties:

destinationArtboardArtboard to navigate to.
transitionTransitionAnimation style with which the view transitions from the old Artboard to the new one.
preserveScrollPositionbooleanIf both Artboards are taller than the viewport, attempts to keep the user's current scroll position the same as in the outgoing artboard.


Displays a second artboard overlaid on top of the current one. Additional Action properties:

overlayArtboardArtboard to show on top.
transitionTransitionAnimation style in which the second Artboard transitions into view. Only certain transition types are allowed for overlays.
overlayTopLeft{x:number, y:number}Position of the overlay Artboard, in the current/base Artboard's coordinate space.


Reverse the last "goToArtboard" or "overlay" action, replaying in reverse whatever transition it used.


Speak with audio output to the user. Additional Action properties:

speechOutputstringPhrase to speak to the user.
localestringLocale determines the pronounciation and accent of the digital voice. Includes both language and region (e.g. "en-us").
voicestring"Persona" of the digital voice to use. Available personas vary by locale.

Typedef Transition#

Animation style with which "goToArtboard" and "overlay" actions transition from/to Artboards.

typestringOne of: "autoAnimate", "dissolve", "push", "slide", "none"
fromSidestring(If type = "push" or "slide"). One of: "L", "R", "T", "B"
durationnumberLength of animation in seconds.
easingstringOne of: "linear", "ease-in", "ease-out", "ease-in-out", "wind-up", "bounce", "snap"

Typedef FlowInfo#

Information related to a particular flow

namestringAuto-generated or user-defined label for a particular flow.
homeArtboardArtboardArtboard from which a particular flow or a prototype experience begins.
urlstringURL is the latest published link associated with a particular flow and can be null in case no link is published for that flow.

NOTE: All url returned via flows are related to published flows and are usually a subset of the URLs returned via getSharedArtifacts. However, the reverse may or may not always hold true.


▸ homeArtboard: ?Artboard

The starting Artboard seen when the interactive prototype is launched.

Deprecated: XD 33 - Please use flows which supports multple flows.

Since: XD 32

In case there are multiple interactive prototype experiences (flows), implying multiple home artboards, this API only returns the top-left artboard among all of those home artboards.

Kind: static property of interactions Read only: true

See: Artboard.isHomeArtboard


▸ flows: Array<FlowInfo>

Since: XD 33

Returns a collection of information on all flows across the entire document.

A flow is a series or set of artboards starting from one artboard (called a home artboard), which are connected to other artboards or screens via wires or interactions. A document can have zero or multiple (one or more than one) flows and can therefore have zero or multiple home artboards. Each entry in the return array represents a FlowInfo object.

Kind: static property of interactions Read only: true


▸ allInteractions: Array<{triggerNode: SceneNode, interactions: Array<Interaction}>

Returns a collection of all interactions across the entire document, grouped by triggering scenenode. Each entry in this array specifies a triggerNode and the result of getting triggerNode.triggeredInteractions.

May include interactions that are impossible to trigger because the trigger node (or one of its ancestors) has visible = false.

Tip Currently, this API excludes some types of interactions: keypress/gamepad, scrolling, hover, component state transitions, or non-speech audio playback.

Kind: static property of interactions Read only: true

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