I want to reverse the coordinate origin in Inkscape to top left corner. By default (0,0) stays at bottom left. Changing it to top left corner will help me in designing a sprite sheet for my game.

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You can't. There's an ongoing change to address this an additional work on making it user-configurably. https://bugs.launchpad.net/inkscape/+bug/170049

It's targetted to the 0.49 release so perhaps if you try a "nightly" it'll have what you're after?

Edit: In version 1.1 (from the inkscape.dev PPA on launchpad.net, as of 2022-02-06) there is an option in Edit > Preferences > Interface to set the "Origin at upper left ...", if this is unchecked then the origin is at the lower-left, i.e. like an ordinary x-y graph. So, checking that option will result in the behaviour requested.

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    Holy Mackerel, the ticket is still open and it’s already 2015. Well, is there a workaround? Feb 21, 2015 at 18:11
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    and its 2016 and still nothing there... is inkscape actually considered alive?
    – SCBuergel
    May 10, 2016 at 11:06
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    It's very much alive, as you can see from looking at the bug link, it just seems that this is not being prioritised as you'd like. Indeed there is a patch from one dev attached to that bug report, just that the lead devs decided not to implement a fix in that way. It seems, I'm just a user btw, that it requires a deep refactoring to address this issue.
    – pbhj
    May 20, 2016 at 15:57
  • It is now 2020 and Inkscape is version 0.92. I have not found out how to set a new origin of the ruler. Does anyone know more?
    – CatMan
    Jul 26, 2020 at 20:24

In Inkscape 1.0 the coordinate system is reversed, so that the top left corner is (0, 0) by default.

You can download the beta version from the official site, or install it with snap:

snap install inkscape --edge

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