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Inkscape is a vector graphics editor application. It is distributed under a free software license, the GNU GPL. Its stated goal is to become a powerful graphics tool while being fully compliant with the XML, SVG, and CSS standards.[1]


inkscape can be installed from the official repositories.

Without GNOME dependencies

Inkscape has quite a few GNOME dependencies, that can be annoying to users of other environments. However, if you do not want these, you can compile inkscape-nognomeAUR from the AUR.


Build error with libpng 1.2.x

If inkscape fails to build with the following error:

In file included from /usr/include/libpng12/png.h:474,
from sp-image.cpp:44:
/usr/include/libpng12/pngconf.h:328: error: expected constructor, destructor, or type conversion before '.' token
/usr/include/libpng12/pngconf.h:329: error: '__dont__' does not name a type

You should be able to solve that by simply commenting the two mentioned Lines in /usr/include/libpng12/pngconf.h out:

//__pngconf.h__ already includes setjmp.h;
//__dont__ include it again.;

(I have got no idea what else those changes influence, so you might want to undo them after inkscape is built. This could be related to Debian Bug#522477 and might get fixed in libpng 1.4)

Related pages

Multimedia in Arch Linux

Inkscape Homepage

Inkscape at Wikipedia