Inkscape 0.92.4 Released, How to Install it in Ubuntu 18.04

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Inkscape, free and open-source vector graphics editor, released version 0.92.4 a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10.

Inkscape 0.92.4 features stability improvements and bug-fixes. The key improvements include:

  • Align multiple objects as a group relative to a single object
  • Write image data to standard output and read from it
  • Experience extensions working faster within complex documents
  • See improved speed when deselecting a path with many nodes
  • Ungroup text elements won’t result in changed font size of children
  • Able to print and / or print correct paper size with printers (especially Canon, EPSON, Konica Minolta)
  • See improved performance of the measure tool when grids are visible
  • See proper opacity of partially transparent embedded bitmap images in PDF export
  • Able to Shift/Ctrl-click on control handles of shapes without crashing
  • Build Inkscape with up-to-date poppler library 0.72.0 – useful for Mac users building with Homebrew

Install Inkscape 0.92.4 via Snap in Ubuntu:

Snap is a containerized software package runs in most Linux desktop. It bundles most required libraries and automatic update itself when a new release is available.

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, the official Inkscape snap package can be easily installed from Ubuntu Software Center:

Inkscape snap can be launched either from application menu, or by running command in terminal:

snap run inkscape

Install Inkscape 0.92.4 via PPA in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and higher, the new release is available to install via its official PPA.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or from application menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:inkscape.dev/stable

Type user password (no asterisks feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then upgrade inkscape from an existing release via Software Updater:

or run command in terminal to check updates and install the editor:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install inkscape

Uninstall:

To remove the PPA repository, open Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab.

To remove Inkscape, either use Synaptic package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove inkscape