How To Install Inkscape on openSUSE

Install Inkscape on openSUSE

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Inkscape on openSUSE. Inkscape is a powerful, free, and open-source vector graphics editor that allows users to create stunning designs, logos, and illustrations. This versatile tool is compatible with various operating systems, including openSUSE, a popular Linux distribution known for its stability and flexibility.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Inkscape vector graphics editor on openSUSE.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: openSUSE (Leap or Tumbleweed)
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • You will need access to the terminal to execute commands. openSUSE provides the Terminal application for this purpose. It can be found in your Applications menu.
  • You’ll need an active internet connection to download Inkscape and its dependencies.
  • You’ll need administrative (root) access or a user account with sudo privileges.

Install Inkscape on openSUSE

Step 1. It’s also essential to ensure that your system is up-to-date. To update your openSUSE system, open a terminal and run the following command:

sudo zypper refresh
sudo zypper update

Step 2. Installing Inkscape on openSUSE.

  • Installing Inkscape via openSUSE Repositories

Now search for the Inkscape package in the repositories by running:

sudo zypper search inkscape

Install Inkscape by executing the following command:

sudo zypper install inkscape

The package manager will resolve any dependencies and prompt you to confirm the installation. Press y and then Enter to proceed.

Once the installation is complete, you can launch Inkscape from the applications menu or by typing inkscape in the terminal.

  • Compiling Inkscape from Source

In some cases, you may want to compile Inkscape from source code, particularly if you need access to the latest development features or want to customize the build options. Compiling from source requires a bit more technical knowledge and time, but it offers greater flexibility and control over the installation process.

First, install the necessary build dependencies by running the following command in the terminal:

sudo zypper install cmake gcc-c++ libgtkmm-3_0-devel libgsl-devel libboost-devel libpng-devel libjpeg-devel libxml2-devel libxslt-devel libpoppler-glib-devel libpoppler-private-devel libpoppler-devel librevenge-stream-devel librevenge-generators-devel libcdr-devel libvisio-devel libwpg-devel libmspub-devel libcdr-tools libvisio-tools

Download the Inkscape source code from the official GitLab repository. You can do this by cloning the repository using Git:

git clone

Navigate to the directory containing the Inkscape source code:

cd inkscape

Create a build directory and navigate into it:

mkdir build
cd build

Configure the build using CMake:


Compile the source code using the make command:


Once the compilation is complete, install Inkscape by running:

sudo make install

To ensure that Inkscape is properly integrated with your system, you may need to set up file associations and desktop shortcuts manually. Consult the Inkscape documentation or community forums for guidance on these post-installation steps.

  • Installing Inkscape via Flatpak

Flatpak is a universal packaging system that allows you to install and run applications in a sandboxed environment, independent of the host system. To install Inkscape using Flatpak on openSUSE, follow these steps:

sudo zypper install flatpak

Add the Flathub repository, which hosts a wide range of Flatpak applications, including Inkscape:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

Once the installation is complete, you can launch Inkscape from the applications menu or by running:

flatpak run org.inkscape.Inkscape

Install Inkscape on openSUSE

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Inkscape. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Inkscape vector graphics editor on your openSUSE system. For additional or useful information, we recommend you check the official Inkscape website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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