Introduction to Inkscape

Inkscape is a what you see is what you get Scalable Vector Graphics editor. It is useful for creating, viewing and changing SVG images.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.10 platform.

Package Information

Inkscape Dependencies


Boost-1.63.0, GC-7.6.0, Gsl-2.3, Gtkmm-2.24.5 (or Gtkmm-3.22.0 and gnome docking library for the experimental gtk+-3 build), libxslt-1.1.29 and popt-1.16



Aspell-, dbus-1.10.14, Doxygen-1.8.13, Poppler-0.51.0, libcdr, libvisio, libwpg, NumPy (for the testsuite and at runtime for some extensions) and lxml-3.7.2 (for the testsuite, and at runtime for some of the extensions)

Optional Runtime Dependencies (for some of the Inkscape extensions)


User Notes:

Installation of Inkscape

Install Inkscape by running the following commands:

./ &&

IMAGEMAGICK_CFLAGS=-I/usr/include/ImageMagick-6 \
IMAGEMAGICK_LIBS="-lMagickCore-6.Q16HDRI -lMagick++-6.Q16HDRI -lMagickWand-6.Q16HDRI" \
./configure --prefix=/usr &&


To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install


This package installs icon files into the /usr/share/icons/hicolor hierarchy and desktop files into the /usr/share/applications hierarchy. You can improve system performance and memory usage by updating /usr/share/icons/hicolor/index.theme and /usr/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache. To perform the update you must have GTK+-2.24.31 or GTK+-3.22.7 installed (for the icon cache) and desktop-file-utils-0.23 (for the desktop cache) and issue the following commands as the root user:

gtk-update-icon-cache &&

Command Explanations

IMAGE_MAGICK_CFLAGS= ... IMAGE_MAGICK_LIBS= ...: The configure script looks for ImageMagick-6 using the normal unversioned pkgconfig file names which are also used by the newer ImageMAgick-7 - in BLFS we patched it to rename those files, so these variables will allow configure to find the things it needs.


Installed Programs: inkscape and inkview
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directory: /usr/share/inkscape

Short Descriptions


an SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) editing program.


is a simple program for displaying SVG files.

Last updated on 2017-01-15 20:39:15 -0600