How to Install Inkscape 1.0 Beta in Ubuntu 18.04/19.04

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Inkscape, an open-source vector graphics editor, release version 1.0 beta 1 a few weeks ago. Now you can install it easily in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher.

Key features in Inkscape 1.0 beta:

  • Theming support
  • Origin in top left corner
  • Canvas rotation and mirroring
  • On-Canvas alignment of objects
  • Better HiDPI screen support
  • Controlling the width of PowerStroke with pressure sensitive graphics tablet
  • Fillet/chamfer LPE and (non-destructive) Boolean Operation LPE
  • New PNG export options
  • Centerline tracing
  • New Live Path Effect selection dialog
  • Faster Path operations and deselection of large number of paths
  • Variable fonts support
  • Complete extensions overhaul
  • Command line syntax changes
  • Native support for macOS with a signed and notarized .dmg file

How to install inkscape 1.0 beta in Ubuntu:

Inkscape 1.0 beta1 has been made into edge channel of Snap store.

1. Open Ubuntu Software, and then search for Inkscape. There are 2 Inkscape packages, go check the package details, and choose the one from Snap Store.

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2. The snap package, which runs in sandbox, is by default installed from the stable channel. You have to:

  1. click on the name of channel
  2. choose switch to edge channel
  3. finally click install the software.
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For those who are familiar with command line, simply open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run single command to do the job:

sudo snap install inkscape --edge

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NOTE:

Installing the 1.0 beta snap will remove the stable version of Inkscape snap package. As a workaround, you may install the latest Inkscape stable package via PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:inkscape.dev/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install inkscape

About ml

ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.

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