Inkscape fails to launch on OS X 10.8 and later Apple no longer includes X11/Xquartz with OS X. The first time you try to launch an X11-based application on OS X 10.8 or later, the system will notify you that you need to install XQuartz first, and will provide a link to the official download site for XQuartz. For Mac OS X 10.4 or later, although you'll need to install the X11 server. The first time that you run Inkscape, it will take a few minutes to start up. Mac OS X Leopard users have a version of Inkscape adapted to their system. Click here to download it. Using Homebrew. If you are using Homebrew instead, you can still use the above guidelines with small modifications. List of packages to install with brew. Inkscape for Mac OS X freeware - A free and open source graphic editor with the properties of editing vector graphics - free download.

Inkscape version 1.0.1 patches crashes & bugs

Sept. 6, 2020

Inkscape's team of developers has patched bugs and crashes, and generally improved on version 1.0 in this latest release, version 1.0.1. You'll find a few features, too, along with translation updates for more than a dozen languages.

Built with the power of a team of mostly volunteers, this open source vector editor represents the work of many hearts and hands from around the world, ensuring that Inkscape remains available free for everyone to download and enjoy.

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Start with Inkscape

  • Introduction
  • Installing Inkscape
  • Getting Around in Inkscape
  • Drawing with Geometrical Shapes
  • Freehand Drawing
  • Color
  • Text
  • Advanced Techniques
Inkscape

For Inkscape to run properly on a Mac, you will first need to install XQuartz, then Inkscape.

How to install XQuartz

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  1. Using a web browser, go to XQuartz's website, which is xquartz.org or xquartz.macosforge.org.
  2. Click the XQuartz dmg icon to download it.
  3. Once it's fully downloaded, go to the folder your browser is set for files to be downloaded into — usually it's the Downloads folder (System/Users/nameofuser/Downloads) — and double-click the XQuartz.dmg file to open it.
  4. A new window will appear. Double-click the XQuartz.pkg icon to open it.
  5. Another new window, which enables you to install XQuartz, will appear. Follow the steps and instructions in this window.
  6. Restart your Mac. You can either shut down or log out of it.

How to install Inkscape

  1. Using a web browser, go to the page in Inkscape.org where you download the Inkscape installer for the Mac.
  2. Click the box labelled 'Mac OS X 10.7 Installer (xQuartz)' to download the .dmg file, which contains this installer.
  3. A new window showing the installer downloading will appear in your browser window.
  4. Once it's fully downloaded, go to the folder your browser is set for files to be downloaded into — usually it's the Downloads folder (System/Users/nameofuser/Downloads) — and double-click the installer to open it.
  5. Click and drag the Inkscape icon to the Applications icon as instructed in this window. This will install Inkscape to your Mac.

Setting Up Inkscape

  1. Open Inkscape by double-clicking its icon in the Applications folder.
  2. Click OK in this window, which appears the first time Inkscape is opened.
  3. Wait for Inkscape to open. This might take a few minutes, since Inkscape is caching the fonts in your system. The next time you open Inkscape, it will not take nearly as long to show up. As soon as Inkscape does open, its interface will appear inside XQuartz.
  4. Open Inkscape's/XQuartz's preferences.
  5. Click the Input tab, and configure its settings to this.
  6. Click the Pasteboard tab and configure its settings to this.
  7. Close Preferences. You are now ready to use Inkscape.

Other Ways to Install Inkscape

You can also build Inkscape in your Mac using Homebrew or MacPorts.

How to install Inkscape with Homebrew

  1. Install Homebrew by doing the following:
    1. Open Terminal in System/Applications/Utilities.
  2. In Terminal, do either of the following:
    • If you've never installed Inkscape with Homebrew before, type:
    • If you have installed Inkscape with Homebrew before, type:

How to install Inkscape with MacPorts

  1. Install Xcode. Read this guide on how to do it, since there are different ways of installing Xcode for different versions of OS X.
  2. Install MacPorts. Read this guide on how to do it, since there are different ways of installing MacPorts for different versions of OS X.
  3. Open Terminal in System/Applications/Utilities.
  4. In Terminal, type either of the following:
    • For the X11 version of Inkscape:
    • For the Quartz version of Inkscape (be warned this might be less stable):