How to Install Inkscape on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor used to create vector images, primarily in Scalable Vector Graphics format. It is a fantastic tool for anyone who wants to create their artwork, whether just starting or looking to get more creative with their work. It has many features that will help make any design come alive, including scalability and import/export options so it can be used anywhere! Other formats can be imported and exported, and Inkscape can render primitive vector shapes and text.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Inkscape on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using three installations method of APT, Flatpak, and Snap to install the graphics editor using the command terminal.

Update Ubuntu

The first step is to make sure your system is up-to-date to avoid issues during the installation and for good practice. This is done by opening your terminal and using the following command.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Inkscape – APT Method

Ubuntu Repository

By default, Inkscape is available on the Ubuntu 22.04 repository. The advised version to install for users who are happy with the stable version for minor use and do not require the latest advancements or constant updates; see newer features as Ubuntu LTS is slower to release these builds.

In your terminal, use the following command to begin the installation.

sudo apt install inkscape -y

Inkscape PPA

Alternatively, most users that want the latest stable version without resorting to Flatpak or Snap versions can import the stable or nightly Inkscape PPA.

First, make sure the following dependencies are installed.

sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https -y

For users who would like to install the stable version, use the following command to import the PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:inkscape.dev/stable -y

Optionally, import the nightly version.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:inkscape.dev/trunk -y

Only import one PPA; if you import both, then the highest version, the development version, will be automatically selected.

Next, run an APT update to reflect the new changes.

sudo apt update

Next, install Inkscape using the following command.

sudo apt install inkscape -y

Install Inkscape – Flatpak Method

The second option is to use the Flatpak package manager, which is not installed on Ubuntu distributions, given Snap, which is Flatpak’s rival, is owned by Canonical and Ubuntu. However, Flatpak is still available to install from Ubuntu’s default repository.

The extra benefit of using Flatpak installations is that you will always have the most up-to-date version compared to Ubuntu which focuses on stability with older versions that only see updates for security issues or serve bugs.

First, install the Flatpak manager; this can be skipped if you already have it installed.

sudo apt install flatpak -y

For users installing Flatpak for the first time, it is often recommended to reboot your system. Failure to do this can occur with odd issues arising, such as paths not being generated for icons.

reboot

SKIP THE REBOOT IF FLATPAK IS INSTALLED.

Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal:

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Now install the software using the following flatpak command.

flatpak install flathub org.inkscape.Inkscape

Install Inkscape – Snap Method

The third method will be installing the Inkscape with Snapcraft. The Snapcraft package manager should be installed on Ubuntu-installed systems unless removed previously.

Currently, all three methods are up-to-date and are separated by a matter of a day or so when it comes to updates, so it is a choice of which package manager you prefer to use.

First, re-install Snapd if you have removed it previously.

sudo snap install snapd -y

Ideally, it is worth rebooting when installing third-party managers; if you experience issues, please do this.

Next, install the snap core to avoid any conflicts.

sudo snap install core

Next, some packages come in classic, so you need to create a symlink to enable classic snap support.

sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap

Now install the snap package with the following command.

sudo snap install inkscape

How to Launch Inkscape

Now that you have the application installed, launching can be done in a few ways.

In your terminal type:

inkscape

If you would like to launch and use the terminal at the same time, send it to the background:

inkscape &

Alternatively, Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance:

flatpak run org.inkscape.Inkscape

However, this isn’t practical for desktop users, and you would use the following path on your desktop.

Activities > Show Applications > Inkscape.

Example:

How to Install Inkscape on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

The first time you open Inkscape, you will see a quick setup window where you can do some customizations, such as going from light to dark mode before you begin using the software.

Example:

How to Install Inkscape on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Now you will arrive at the Time to Draw screen to begin to draw.

Example:

How to Install Inkscape on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

How to Update/Upgrade Inkscape

Depending on the method of installation used, the following commands can be used to update.

APT Update Method

sudo apt upgrade && sudo apt upgrade

Flatpak Update Method

flatpak update

Snap Update Method

sudo snap update

How to Remove (Uninstall) Inkscape

Use one of the following commands to suit the original installation method for users who no longer require the application.

APT Remove Method

sudo apt autoremove inkscape -y

For users that installed Inkscape using one of the PPA’s, use the following.

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:inkscape.dev/stable -y

Remove the Inkscape nightly PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:inkscape.dev/trunk -y

Flatpak Remove Method

flatpak uninstall --delete-data org.inkscape.Inkscape

Next, run the following command for any leftover clean-up.

flatpak remove --unused

Snap Remove Method

sudo snap remove inkscape

Comments and Conclusion

In the guide, you have learned to install the Inkscape on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS using APT, Flatpak, or Snap.

Inkscape is a versatile tool that can create various types of graphics. It’s essential to understand the basics of using the software so you can create high-quality images for your projects. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to produce stunning vector art with Inkscape.



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