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 12.1 platform.

Package Information



The tarball inkscape-1.3.2.tar.xz will extract to the directory inkscape-1.3.2_2023-11-25_091e20ef0f/.

Inkscape Dependencies


Boost-1.84.0, double-conversion-3.3.0, GC-8.2.6, Gsl-2.7.1, Gtkmm-3.24.8, libsoup-2.74.3, libxslt-1.1.39, Poppler-24.02.0, popt-1.19 and Wget-1.21.4 (to download the test dependencies)



Aspell-, dbus-1.14.10 (to run inkscape from scripts), Doxygen-1.10.0, gspell-1.12.2, GraphicsMagick, libcdr, libvisio, libwpg (or libwpd)

Installation of Inkscape

First, fix a build failure caused by libxml2-2.12.0:

sed -i '/uri.h/a #include <libxml/xmlmemory.h>' src/object/uri.h

Install Inkscape by running the following commands:

mkdir build                       &&
cd    build                       &&

      -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release  \
      ..                          &&


This package may occasionally fail when building with multiple processors. See Using Multiple Processors for more information.

This package does not come with a working test suite.

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+-3.24.41 installed (for the icon cache) and desktop-file-utils-0.27 (for the desktop cache) and issue the following commands as the root user:

gtk-update-icon-cache -qtf /usr/share/icons/hicolor &&
update-desktop-database -q

Command Explanations

-DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release: This switch is used to build the release library without any debug `assert` in the code.

-DWITH_DBUS=ON: use this if you wish to use inkscape in interactive scripts which manipulate images.


Installed Programs: inkscape and inkview
Installed Library: (in /usr/lib/inkscape)
Installed Directories: /usr/lib/inkscape, and /usr/share/inkscape

Short Descriptions


is a SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) editing program


is a simple program for displaying SVG files

provides the routines used by inkscape and inkview