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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.


inkscape can be installed from the official repositories. The development version is available in the AUR as inkscape-gitAUR.


Tooltips unreadable with KDE Plasma

Under KDE's system settings go to colors > options and disable "Apply colors to non-QT-applications". Restart Inkscape if was running before the change.

Pan using spacebar and mouse does not work

By default, libinput disables the mousepad when typing. You can disable this by adding the following line to the InputClass section of /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/30-touchpad.conf:

Section "InputClass"
    Option "DisableWhileTyping" "0"

Cannot change keyboard shortcuts

To be able to change keyboard shortcuts, create a copy of the shortcut file that you can edit:

mkdir -p ~/.config/inkscape/keys
cp /usr/share/inkscape/keys/default.xml ~/.config/inkscape/keys/

and restart the application.

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