Axure Cloud is a hosting service for easily sharing your Axure RP prototypes with others. The service is free and allows you to upload up to 1,000 projects with RP files of up to 400 MB each. Each project is assigned its own unique URL, and projects remain hosted until deleted by their creator.
Hosting on Axure Cloud also facilitates testing on mobile devices. You can navigate to your hosted projects from your mobile device's web browser, or you can use the Axure Cloud mobile app to download and run prototypes directly on your device.
In addition, Axure Cloud includes a number of useful features to help with your prototyping process:
Axure Cloud discussions allow for in-context feedback on your designs. Stakeholders can comment on-screen or off.
Element inspection allows you to view and copy CSS, content, and layout information for widgets in your designs — perfect for handing design specifications off to design and development teams.
Password-protect your prototypes and choose whether they're available to anyone with the link and password or only to individuals you have added to the project's workspace.
Publishing Projects from Axure RP
Click the Share icon at the top-right of the Axure RP interface or go to Publish > Publish to Axure Cloud in the top menu.
In the Publish Project dialog, name the project and choose which of your workspaces to place it in.
If you need to make changes to the HTML generator settings before publishing the project, click the gear icon at the top-right of the Publish Project dialog.
Click Publish to publish the project. If you aren't currently logged in to an Axure Cloud account in Axure RP, you'll be prompted to log in or to create a new account.
Note: If you receive a connection error at this step, check out the article on troubleshooting Axure Cloud connection issues.
Once the file upload is complete, you'll be given the URL for the hosted project.
Publishing Projects from app.axure.cloud
Navigate to app.axure.cloud in your web browser and either log in or create a new account.
In the panel to the left, select the workspace you want to add the new project to, and then click New Project at the top-right of the workspace.
Click New Axure RP Project on the screen that appears, and give the project a name and a password (optional).
Click Choose File to browse for the RP file you want to publish.
Click New Axure RP Project to publish. You will be taken to the project's overview, where you can view and copy the project's share link.
Publishing Projects from the Axure Cloud Desktop App
The Axure Cloud desktop app is a desktop version of the interface you see when you log in to app.axure.cloud in your web browser. The steps for working with each are the same with one exception: You can publish Sketch artboards to Axure Cloud via the Axure Cloud desktop app.
Note: The Axure Cloud desktop app is currently available on macOS only.
Publishing Sketch Artboards to Axure Cloud
You can publish your designs from Sketch to Axure Cloud for free! Not only does this make it easy to share your designs with teammates, but it allows workspace members to inspect elements in your Sketch artboards to view their CSS, text and image content, and layout information.
Set Up Your Environment
Launch the app and log in to your Axure Cloud account, or create a new one.
Create a New Artboard Project in the Axure Cloud Desktop App
- In the Axure Cloud desktop app, select the workspace you want to add the new artboard project to, and then click New Project at the top-right of the workspace.
On the screen that appears, select New Artboard Project.
Give the project a name. You can optionally assign it a device type and/or password as well.
Click New Artboard Project to create the project on Axure Cloud.
Publish Your Artboards from Sketch
- In Sketch, select the elements you want to publish to Axure Cloud.
- In the top menu, go to Plugins > Axure > Export selection to Axure Cloud. You'll be taken back to the Axure Cloud app.
In the Axure Cloud app, select the artboard project you created in the previous section and click Upload.
Once the upload is complete, you'll be taken to the project's overview, where you'll see a thumbnail for each artboard. You can view and copy the project's share link in the sidebar to the right.