Figma links always open in browser, not desktop app

Found a fix, working for me now.
I use Brave browser which has heavy shields and tracking blocking features (other browsers like chrome, safari also have similar blockers).

  1. I disabled the trackers and blockers for the Figma website. (Present beside the URL bar for each website when opened)
  2. Reloaded the web page and I got the Open in Desktop App option
  3. Non-mandatory step: re-install the desktop app post steps 1 and 2.
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Soham, this is the solution - simply brilliant.

It seems it’s not Figma… it’s how the browser handles/blocks links.

On a side note, this also means that I can go back to Brave as my default browser.

It seems it’s not Figma… it’s how the browser and any extensions handle/block links.

Thanks for your comment! Logged into my account in browser and the link was automatically opened in Figma app in less than 1 min :tada: :tada: :tada:

None of this worked for me and I try to prevent sites and apps from tracking me as much as possible. I wrote a simple bookmarklet to open links in the Figma app.

To use this, make a bookmark in your browser for any site—I’d suggest having it as whatever your browser considers a Favorite so it’s easily accessible. Go and edit the link and paste in the following javascript:

javascript:(function() {
  var oldUrl = window.location.href;
  var newUrl = oldUrl.replace(/^https:\/\/www\.figma\.com\//, 'figma://');
  window.location.href = newUrl;

This works on macOS Sonoma. I have no clue how Windows works, but perhaps this works here too.

This absolutely worked for me and has now fixed it when I have Chrome or other browsers open!!!