In this guide you'll start your first Alva project and connect a publicly available component library.
We fully support macOS and Windows systems and provide untested images for various Linux platforms.
Next, locate the Alva image in your Downloads and double-click on the file to start the installation process.
Alva should install into your applications folder. Depending on your operating system and
its configuration the exact location may vary. E.g. for macOS it is
Find the Alva logo and double-click it to start. Alva should greet you with the following screen:
Create File and then switch from
Library view in the top left panel. You find a continously growing list of public component libraries.
Alva Website Design library and click on
That’s it – you connected your first Design System with Alva!
Go back to the
Design view. You find the library's components in the bottom left panel. Locate the
Text component and drop it onto the element pane right above the component list.
After you've selected the newly added text component, have a look at the right side of Alva. That is where all the properties – like settings – of the component are shown. In our case there is just a single one – the text value. Let’s change that to
Let’s add another component. Besides dragging a component, we can just double-click on the Box Component. The Box Component has way more properties. Let’s change the
400px and the background-color to
As you may have already found out, elements that support children elements have a small arrow on the left side. You can drag and drop elements into them. Let’s move the text element into the box element!
Hooray! You learned the essentials of working with Alva. Let’s jump to the next topic – how to integrate your design drafts into the prototype.