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Preparation and running Inkscape

  1. Download and install XQuartz from Specific instructions on installing XQuartz and support are found at the XQuartz web site. Note: Inkscape runs on XQuartz. This step and the next are required.
  2. Restart or Log out/in to complete the XQuartz installation.
  3. Add Inkscape to your Applications folder.
  4. Run Inkscape. A prompt will ask about the location of X11. Point to XQuartz in your Applications directory. Note: This first launch of Inkscape can take a while because it will cache fonts installed on your system.
  5. Configure X11's key inputs and clipboard from X11 > Preferences

Known quirks

Because Inkscape runs on X11's architecture, hotkeys use Ctrl instead of Command. This is changing in future versions.


More extensive information can be found on the Inkscape FAQ.