Publish Library is suddenly extremely slow

I’ve got a Design System file which I use to publish my components to a main design.

After some pretty benign changes across several components, it now takes a couple minutes for the list of changed assets to populate & another several minutes for the compile & publish step to go through. For long chunks of time, this panel is entirely unresponsive and clicking Publish or Cancel doesn’t do anything.

How can I troubleshoot to identify what is causing this?

EDIT: Steps I’ve tried so far - logging out, clearing cache, using desktop app instead, attempting to undo the changes I’d made (not sure I did all of them, it’s hard to work in the file since it’s suddenly very unresponsive in general).


…randomly faster a couple hours later :man_shrugging:

Hi @Colin_Fogle ,
Glad to hear it works now!

FYI, this can happen as every browser has its own active memory limit. This can differ across devices but the general understanding is there’s an active memory limit of 2GB for each tab in a browser.

If you’re working with large files and libraries in Figma you may run into these limits.

To continue to use affected files, you will need to reduce your memory usage. This can involve splitting up large files, removing hidden layers, or reducing large assets.

You can find some tips in our article to reduce memory usage in files if this happens again: here

Hope it helps!

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sometimes, even if i create a brand new design system file with 4-5 simple components like buttons, inputs etc., it still takes a lot of time to publish it. Even if i clear cache, restart the computer and do it.

These days longest part of my process is waiting for component library to finish publishing. I leave work by putting the library to publish at the end of the day and then come back next day.

FYI: i use the latest M3 Macbook Pro with the highest specs, i use the Figma app on most stable macOS update. So the issue is not with my computer or internet or browser.

Arriving here via Google… Hi, also having problems with slow library publishing lately. Currently publishing an icon library, this might take a while :sob:, but it used to take seconds:

Hi there,

Sorry to hear it’s happening! Have your had a chance to take a look at this tip?

I hope it helps!


Hi, yeah. I’m using the desktop app and the file was pretty small. Only about 2000 icons were in there, so I thought the issues are not related.

Hi @KaiMagnusMueller ,

Thanks for sharing. If you still see that, could you reach out directly to the support team with a copy of your file: They can look into it.

Please make sure you use the email associated with your Figma account, include links to the file in question, and share access with Don’t worry, inviting us to view your file won’t impact your billing.

Please note that it seems the support team is receiving higher volume of cases than usual, so it might take longer time!

Thanks for patience,