free vector graphics editor

Inkscape is a vector graphics (pictures made from lines instead of dots) drawing program published under the GNU General Public License. Its stated goal is to become a really good drawing tool while being able to fit in with standards for SVG graphics. Inkscape was first made for Linux, but now it is cross-platform and runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and other Unix-like operating systems. As of 2007, Inkscape is actively being made better, and new features are added all the time.

current Inkscape Logo
current Inkscape Logo
Developer(s)The Inkscape Team
Initial releaseDecember 12, 2003; 17 years ago (2003-12-12)
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inC++ (using gtkmm)
Operating systemOS X, Unix-like, Windows
Size35.7 MB
Available in40 languages
TypeVector graphics editor
LicenseGNU General Public License


Inkscape began in 2003 as a fork (break-off) of the Sodipodi project. Sodipodi, developed since 1999, was itself based on Raph Levien's Gill (Gnome Illustration Application).


  • Benjamin, Donna (February 22, 2010), Beginning Inkscape (1st ed.), Apress, p. 400, ISBN 1-4302-2513-0, archived from the original on September 17, 2010, retrieved February 26, 2013
  • Kirsanov, Dmitry (September 29, 2009), The Book of Inkscape: The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics Editor (1st ed.), No Starch Press, p. 476, ISBN 1-59327-181-6
  • Bah, Tavmjong (May 6, 2011), Inkscape: Guide to a Vector Drawing Program (4th ed.), Prentice Hall, p. 504, ISBN 0-13-705173-5