Inkscape
Inkscape
0.92.2

3.3

Inkscape free download for Mac

Inkscape

0.92.2
09 August 2017

Drawing app, capabilities similar to Illustrator/Freehand/CorelDraw.

Overview

Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Supported SVG features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. Inkscape also supports Creative Commons meta-data, node editing, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and more. It imports formats such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and others and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.

Inkscape's main goal is to create a powerful and convenient drawing tool fully compliant with XML, SVG, and CSS standards. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

What's new in Inkscape

Version 0.92.2:
  • Mesh Gradients are now supported.
  • Many SVG2 and CSS3 properties are now supported (e.g. paint-order, mix-blend-mode). Not all are available from the GUI.
  • The new Object dialog allows to select, label, hide and lock any object in the drawing from a dialog that lists them all
  • Selection sets make it possible to 'group' objects together regardless of document structure
  • Guides can now be locked to avoid accidental movement
  • Several new path effects have been added, among them Envelope/Perspective, Lattice Deformation, Mirror and Rotate Copies
  • There are several new extensions (e.g. a seamless pattern extension) and a new filter (colorblindness simulation) included in the release, many old extensions have been updated or got new features
  • Spray tool and measure tool received a set of nifty new features
  • Interactive smoothing for lines created with the Pencil tool
  • BSplines (and more) are available for the Pen tool
  • Checkerboard background can be used to more easily see object transparencies

Requirements for Inkscape

  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later

57 Inkscape Reviews

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Thomas-Duvrai
18 April 2014

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A NATIVE version that does not require X11 is coming and the developers need our input! The quite stable "experimental" builds are here: https://code.launchpad.net/~suv-lp/inkscape/osxmenu I'm an Illustrator user and now I'm happily learning Inkscape. Quite frankly, while nothing can compete against free, this app is really outdoing itself, and with a bit of creativity the possibilities are endless. While some things are more easily done in Illustrator, others are definitely easier in Inkscape. Oh, and did I mention that this is without a doubt the best native SVG editor out there...
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Version 0.48.2
ash-f
23 June 2019
Functionality is good but requiring Macports make this unusable for many people. Also XQuartz shell is very cranky. Mac users need native version ASAP!
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Version 0.92.2
Derekcurrie
13 April 2019
v0.92.4 is the current version of Inkscape. You can download it and read about it here: https://inkscape.org/release/inkscape-0.92.4/
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Version 0.92.2
timbreese
25 March 2019
Great free functionality but a steep learning curve. Control + keyboard shortcuts are hard to adjust to.
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Version 0.92.2
fabiola-monteiro
25 January 2019
Doesn't even launch on Mojave...
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Version 0.92.2
DragonMaster
24 January 2019
Will not launch in Mojave.
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Version 0.92.2
Jimw
04 November 2017
Does not seem to be compatible with High Sierra 10.13.1 as crashes on my machine at launch. However it could be my machine.
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Version 0.92.2
blackbirdy-1
18 August 2017
A good effort, if a bit odd.
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Version 0.92.2
Tom-Fulery
23 April 2015
I've been waiting for the promised Inkscape Mac native version for years, ever since Adobe bought & killed Freehand because Illustrator couldn't compete with it. Inkscape was always awkward on a Mac because it used X11 & Windoze key commands & the clunky Windoze interface. But now Inkscape .91 runs almost like a native Mac app--once I made two changes: 1. I altered the XQuartz (X11) keyboard commands to use the Command key instead of the Control key. This means I can use Inkscape without constantly stumbling around the keyboard. I makes my workflow much smoother & more efficient. You can learn to to do this here: http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20070206110939423 2. I upgraded the butt-ugly Inkscape Windoze GUI theme to a snazzy dark grey GTK theme & tool set, which makes it look & almost like native Mac software. There are several sites that show you how to do this. Just Google "Inkscape Mac GTK themes & toolsets". Making the above changes took about half an hour & now Inkscape .91 runs beautifully on my Mac. It's very stable & really does almost everything Illustrator does, only it's WAY better because it's Open Source & totally FREE.
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Version 0.91
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Pir-anha
Pir-anha
19 January 2016
Thanks for the tips -- I used to run Inkscape under X11 a few years ago, but it was an enormous memory hog and just too cumbersome. I'll give it another try based on your recommendation -- I generally prefer to support Open Source software, but without some nod to at least looking and behaving a little native, software I love using on Linux alas often doesn't cut it on the Mac..

I'm especially looking forward to the symmetry tools -- the corresponding plugin costs $245 for Illustrator!
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timbreese
timbreese
25 March 2019
Thanks so much for the tip on changing the keystrokes! That was driving me crazy!
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Albert-it
13 August 2014
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Version 0.48.5
Thomas-Duvrai
18 April 2014
A NATIVE version that does not require X11 is coming and the developers need our input! The quite stable "experimental" builds are here: https://code.launchpad.net/~suv-lp/inkscape/osxmenu I'm an Illustrator user and now I'm happily learning Inkscape. Quite frankly, while nothing can compete against free, this app is really outdoing itself, and with a bit of creativity the possibilities are endless. While some things are more easily done in Illustrator, others are definitely easier in Inkscape. Oh, and did I mention that this is without a doubt the best native SVG editor out there...
Like (8)
Version 0.48.2
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LuukLuuk
LuukLuuk
26 April 2014
Thanks, I'll try the native version! As I didn't like X11 I was looking for an alternative, so here it is :)
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Rondfranks
Rondfranks
24 July 2014
Sounded like a great idea, but the only thing that happened when I ran this version was the Inkscape icon on the dock bounced up and down for a minute or two until I force quit the app. Hopefully it will load properly in an update in the near future.
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Maeric
Maeric
06 January 2015
Thanks for the heads-up on this. I got the latest build and it works with only a bug finding a specific font. Imported a complex FreeHand pdf and it rendered very well.

Nice to have another option than AI and good to see Inkscape as a native Mac app.
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