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Inkscape 0.91 on Fedora 24
Inkscape 0.91 on Fedora 24
Initial releaseNovember 2, 2003; 15 years ago (2003-11-02)
Preview release0.92.3 (March 11, 2018; 8 months ago (2018-03-11)) [1] Edit this at Wikidata
Written inC++ with gtkmm, Python (extensions)
Operating systemFreeBSD
PlatformIA-32 and x64
Size81.6 MB
Available in90 languages[2]
TypeVector graphics editor
LicenseGNU General Public License, version 3 or later[3]

Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor; it can be used to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and complex paintings. Inkscape's primary vector graphics format is Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG); however, many other formats can be imported and exported.[4]

Inkscape can render primitive vector shapes (e.g. rectangles, ellipses, polygons, arcs, spirals, stars and 3D boxes) and text. These objects may be filled with solid colors, patterns, radial or linear color gradients and their borders may be stroked, both with adjustable transparency. Embedding and optional tracing of raster graphics is also supported, enabling the editor to create vector graphics from photos and other raster sources. Created shapes can be further manipulated with transformations, such as moving, rotating, scaling and skewing.


Inkscape began in 2003 as a code fork of the Sodipodi project.[5] Sodipodi, developed since 1999, was itself based on Raph Levien's Gill (GNOME Illustration Application).[6]

The Inkscape FAQ interprets the word Inkscape as a compound of ink and scape.[7][8]

Four former Sodipodi developers (Ted Gould, Bryce Harrington, Nathan Hurst, and MenTaLguY) led the fork; they identified differences over project objectives, openness to third-party contributions, and technical disagreements as their reasons for forking. With Inkscape, they said they would focus development on implementing the complete SVG standard, whereas Sodipodi development emphasized developing a general-purpose vector graphics editor, possibly at the expense of SVG.[9]

Following the fork, Inkscape's developers changed it greatly: they changed the programming language from C to C++; adopted the GTK+ (formerly GIMP Toolkit) toolkit C++ bindings (gtkmm); redesigned its user interface, and added a number of new features.[10] Notably, Inkscape's implementation of the SVG standard, although incomplete, has shown gradual improvement.[11]

Since 2005 Inkscape has participated in the Google Summer of Code program.[12]

Up until the end of November 2007, Inkscape's source code repository was hosted by SourceForge. Thereafter it moved to Launchpad.[13] In June 2017 it moved to GitLab.[14]

Other Languages
Alemannisch: Inkscape
العربية: إنكسكيب
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čeština: Inkscape
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español: Inkscape
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italiano: Inkscape
עברית: אינקסקייפ
ქართული: Inkscape
қазақша: Inkscape
lietuvių: Inkscape
magyar: Inkscape
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Nederlands: Inkscape
日本語: Inkscape
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polski: Inkscape
português: Inkscape
română: Inkscape
русский: Inkscape
Scots: Inkscape
shqip: Inkscape
Simple English: Inkscape
slovenčina: Inkscape
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کوردی: ئینکسکەیپ
српски / srpski: Инкскејп
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Inkscape
suomi: Inkscape
svenska: Inkscape
tetun: Inkscape
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