How to install Inkscape on Ubuntu 20.04

Inkscape is a great free and open-source vector graphics editor program forused to create vector images, mainly in Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format that won’t blur when you resize them. It’s an alternative to premium applications like Adobe Illustrator.

What I like most about Inkscape is it’s User Interface is great and easy to use and one can make awesome SVG easily within a few minutes with the help of Inkscape. Even though Inkscape is completely free, it offers many features and tools available in paid competitors.

Inkscape is an cross-platform application for GNU/Linux, Windows and MacOS X. It can import and export various file formats, including SVG, AI, EPS, PDF, PS and PNG. Inkscape provides various tools and numerous shapes, paths, text, clones, markers, transparency effects, transformations, gradients, groups and patterns.

Inkscape offers a large amount of features you need for artistic and digital illustrations and vector design such as clip art, cartoons, typography, logos, diagramming and flowcharting.

Key Features of Inkscape

  • Perfectly compliant SVG format file generation and editing
  • Color selector (RGB, HSL, CMYK, color wheel, CMS)
  • Color picker tool
  • Dashed strokes, with many predefined dash patterns
  • Path simplification, with variable threshold
  • Grouping objects
  • Shape tools: rectangles, ellipses, stars/polygons, spirals
  • Command line options for export and conversions
  • Many more..

This article explains three methods of installing Inkscape on Ubuntu 20.04.

Choose the installation method that is most appropriate for your environment.

Method 1: Installing Inkscape as a Snap Package

The easiest way to install Inkscape on Ubuntu 20.04 is by using the snap packaging system.

A snap package is a type of universal Linux package that you can enjoy irrespective of the distro. Its an self-contained software packages that include the binary all dependencies needed to run the application.

All you need is the snap service pre-configured, In the case of Ubuntu 20.04, it comes with snap pre-installed.

If snapd package is not already installed then you can install it by running following command.

$ sudo apt install snapd

Note: Snap packages can be installed from either the command-line or via the Ubuntu Software application.

This is actually the Snap version of the Inkscape. It can be used on any Linux distribution that has Snap support.

Open your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and type the following command to install the Inkscape package.

$ sudo snap install inkscape

At this step, you have successfully installed Inkscape application on Ubuntu 20.04 system.

If you are not comfortable with the command line, open Ubuntu Software, search for “Inkscape” and install the application.

Type the following command to update Inkscape package.

$ sudo snap refresh --list

Method 2: Installing Inkscape via PPA Repository

If you want to install the most recent version of Inkscape, you can use the PPA repository.

Personal Package Archives (PPA) are software repositories designed for Ubuntu users and are easier to install than other third-party repositories. PPAs are often used to distribute pre-release software so that it can be tested.

Step #1

First of all open the terminal from system application launcher and type the following command to add the Inkscape PPA to your system.

$ sudo add-apt-repository

Step #2

Then, execute the following commands to install Inkscape package on your Ubuntu system.

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install inkscape

Once installed, launch it from your system application menu.

Method 3: Installing Inkscape via AppImage

Before installation let’s understand what is AppImage.

What is AppImage?

We have .deb packages for Debian/Ubuntu based Linux distributions and .rpm for Fedora/SUSE based Linux distributions.

While these packages provide a convenient way of installing software to their respective distribution users, it is not the most convenient for the application developer.

The developers have to create multiple packages for multiple distributions. This is where AppImage comes into picture. AppImage is a universal software package format.

By packaging the software in AppImage, the developer provides just one file to rule them all. End user can use it in most modern Linux distributions.

Step #1

Click on following button to download the latest stable version of Inkspace AppImage executable file for Linux.

Step #2

The downloaded file name would be something like: Inkscape-3bf5ae0-x86_64.AppImage

By default, the downloaded AppImage file won’t have the execution permission. You will have to change the permission on the file to make it executable and You don’t need root privilege to do that.

Now type the following command to make the AppImage executable.

$ chmod u+x Inkscape-3bf5ae0-x86_64.AppImage

Step #3

Once you have made the AppImage file executable, just double click on it to run it Or run the following command to install through terminal.

$ ./Inkscape-3bf5ae0-x86_64.AppImage

That’s It.

Starting Inkscape

In the Activities search bar type “Inkscape” and click on the icon to launch the application.

Inkspace User Interface:

How to Uninstall Inkscape from Ubuntu 20.04

For some reason, If you want to uninstall Inkscape application, refer following methods.

Method #1

If you have installed Inkscape via Snap type the following command:

$ sudo snap remove inkscape

Method #2

If you have installed the appication via PPA then uninstall by running the below commands.

Step #1

It’s most likely that you added the PPA using add-apt-repository command. You can use the same command to remove the PPA as well. Just give it --remove option in the command.

$ sudo add-apt-repository --remove

Step #2

As of now we removed the PPA. What about the applications installed using these PPAs? Will they be removed as a result of removing the PPA? The answer is NO.

So this is when ppa-purge comes in picture. It not only disables the PPA but also uninstalls all the programs installed by the PPA or revert them to original version provided by your distribution.

So type the following command to install the ppa-purge package and uninstall the Inkscape package.

$ sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge

Method #3

If you have installed Inkscape via AppImage:

Since the software is never installed, there is no need of uninstalling it. Just delete the associated AppImage file and your software is removed from the system.


I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to install Inkscape on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

If anyone does have any questions about what we covered in this guide then feel free to ask in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer those.


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