How To Install Inkscape on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Inkscape on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Inkscape on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Inkscape is professional quality vector graphics software that runs on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows desktop computers. It offers a rich set of features and is widely used for both artistic and technical illustrations such as cartoons, clip art, logos, typography, diagramming, and flowcharting.

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 on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Inkscape on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Inkscape on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Install Inkscape from Snap.

To install Inkscape, simply use the following command:

sudo snap install inkscape
  • Install Inkscape from PPA.

Now we add the official PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository
sudo apt update

Once this is done, we will install Inkscape with the following command:

sudo apt install inkscape

Step 3. Accessing Inkscape on Ubuntu.

Once have successfully completed the above installation steps, you can now easily run Inkscape. To do this, just launch Inkscape from “Activities“ or copy & paste the below command on your terminal and execute it:


For example, convert an SVG image file to a high-quality png file on Linux using Inkscape:

inkscape -z -e out.png -w 1000 -h 1000 in.svg

Install Inkscape on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Inkscape. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Inkscape on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help 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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