Get Inkscape for OS X

Inkscape 0.92

Inkscape 0.92 is available via MacPorts both as an X11 build and as a native Quartz build. If you have MacPorts installed, you can build the X11 version using

sudo port install inkscape

or the Quartz version using

sudo port install inkscape +quartz

Packaged installers are available for MacOS X versions 10.4 (Tiger) to present 10.12 (Sierra). See here for detailed installation instructions.

➔ Read the Release Notes for Inkscape 0.92

Inkscape 0.91

Download for MacOS

This .dmg file is for Mac OS X 10.7-10.10 and requires XQuartz.

For OS X version 10.5 and 10.6 only: download this .dmg file (requires XQuartz).
The package for 10.5 and 10.6 is missing support for Visio and WPD/WPG files due to an oversight by the packagers.

➔ Read the Release Notes for Inkscape 0.91

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 the computer or log out and back 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/Utilities directory. Note: This first launch of Inkscape can take a while because it will cache fonts installed on your system.
  5. Configure X11's input and pasteboard settings in X11 > Preferences: Configure settings Configure settings

Known quirks

Because Inkscape runs on X11's architecture, keyboard shortcuts use Ctrl (^) instead of Cmd (⌘) as modifier key. This will change in future versions.


More extensive information can be found on the Inkscape FAQ.