Inkscape For Mac Os X

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Inkscape is professional quality vector graphics software which runs on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows desktop computers. Using a web browser, go to the page in where you download the Inkscape installer for the Mac. Click the box labelled “ Mac OS X 10.7 Installer (xQuartz) ” to download the.dmg file, which contains this installer. Mac OS X 10.7 Installer (xquartz) dmg. Build Inkscape on your Mac with MacPorts MacPorts Inkscape is Free and Open Source Software licensed under the GPL. Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. SVG is an open, industry-standard XML-based format for vector graphics developed by the W3C. Most vector editors these days can import and export SVG, and modern browsers (such as Firefox and Opera) can display it. Free download Inkscape Inkscape for Mac OS X. Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for Linux, Windows and macOS.

Inkscape and the Gimp are trusty tools in my daily tool box for various vector and bitmap image editing. Being open source applications, they have firm roots in the Linux world, but luckily they are also available for Windows and Mac OS X. No wonder I have them installed on my MacBook too.

The problem

On OS X, Inkscape and the Gimp are not completely native applications, but they depend on This extra layer makes the user experience unfortunately less streamlined than with native applications. Especially the keyboard interaction of an out of the box setup can be clunky.


For example: in Inkscape on Linux, the ALT key is used for some operations (kerning) and handy shortcuts (cloning), while in OS X you need the OPTION/ALT key for entering accented and other special characters (e.g. 'é', 'ü', 'î' or '€' on my querty keyboard). So how do we combine these features (I need both) in Inkscape on OS X? With my default/out of the box installation of Inkscape, I only had the ALT key as a shortcut key like in Linux. Entering accented characters was not possible unfortunately. Really annoying because I really need to use those from time to time in my native language Dutch.

Another problem is how to do copy/paste between native OS X application and Inkscape. For example, you're designing something like a flyer in Inkscape and you need to copy over some text from an email or text document. Typing everything over manually feels so medieval, doesn't it? Apart from the interaction problem, there is also the usability problem that application typically use CONTROL-C and CONTROL-V for copy/paste, while the native OS X applications use COMMAND-C and COMMAND-V.

The solution (kind of)

A real solution for this kind of problems would be native applications (and some nice people are working on that), but as long we're stuck with an layer in between, I'm afraid we'll have to cry ourselves asleep with some workarounds.

A well put google query can get you somewhere. And that's what I've done too. You can find many clues for example here:

My setup tweaks

Mainly for my own reference, I keep a checklist to document the various tweaks I did to my setup.

  • On most sources I found, people suggested to disable the options 'Emulate three button mouse', 'Follow system keyboard layout' and 'Enable key equivalents under X11' on the 'Input' tab of the preferences. I'm not completely sure of the precise meaning of these options, but it appears to be a good idea to keep them disabled.

  • The ALT key conflict can be fixed by exploiting the fact that there are two OPTION/ALT keys: a left and a right one. This can be done by creating (or editing if you already have one) a X11 keymap modification file .xmodmap in your personal home directory. Create or edit this file .xmodmap and add the following (lines beginning with '!' are comments):

    After restarting (and Inkscape), you should be able to do both font kerning or cloning (with the left OPTION/ALT key) and entering accented characters with help of the right OPTION/ALT key.

  • Switching the CONTROL and COMMAND key, so you can do copy/paste with COMMAND-C/COMMAND-V can also be done with some tweaks in your .xmodmap file:

    Again, a restart of is required for these changes to take effect.

  • Enabling 'syncing' between the OS X pasteboard and the X11 clipboard is possible on the 'Pasteboard' tab of the preferences:

    Note that I only enabled the option 'Update CLIPBOARD when Pasteboard changes', which means that I can only copy text from OS X applications to Inkscape.If you enable 'Update Pasteboard when CLIPBOARD changes' too, youcan also copy text from Inkscape to OS X applications,but then copy/pasting within Inkscape will stop working . Because I almost never need to copy from Inkscape to OS X and need copy/paste within Inkscape a lot, it was a no-brainer to keep this option disabled. Moreover, you can always temporarily enable the option without the need to restart Inskscape or X11. Handy.

The XQuartz project is an open-source effort to develop a version of the X.Org X Window System that runs on OS X. Together with supporting libraries and applications, it forms the that Apple shipped with OS X versions 10.5 through 10.7.

Quick Download

XQuartz-2.7.11.dmg2.7.112016-10-29For OS X 10.6.3 or later
X11-2.6.3.dmg2.6.32011-07-20For OS X 10.5.x (final Leopard release)

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Important Info for 10.5 Users

OS X Software Updates have included some of the work done by the XQuartz project, but for various reasons, Apple cannot ship the latest and greatest version offered by the XQuartz site. Since the XQuartz X11 package clobbers Apple's, their software update will clobber the XQuartz X11 package. Because of this, you may experience conflicts after doing a Software Update from Apple. Please re-install the latest XQuartz X11 release for Leopard after installing a system software update to OS X 10.5.x Leopard.

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An XQuartz installation consists of many individual pieces of software which have various licenses. The X.Org software components’ licenses are discussed on theX.Org Foundation Licenses page.The quartz-wm window manager included with the XQuartz distribution uses the Apple Public Source License Version 2.