I recently installed Inkscape on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, and I'd like to use the builtin latex support, but when I go to Extensions > Render > Mathematics > pdflatex, the button is grey, so clicking triggers no event.

I installed texlive using the ctan installer and not via apt.

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My inkscape version was installed using snap, so I replaced it with an apt install:

Remove the snap install : sudo snap remove inkscape Then install inkscape version 1.0 or higher :

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

Be sure to include the path to latex in your .bashrc file, and run inkscape from the command line : when you run inkscape from the Dock, it's harder to control the value of the PATH system variable.

  • The only thing that bugs me still with this solution is that I have to launch inkscape from a Terminal : indeed the path to latex is configured in my .bashrc, and gnome's launcher ignores my .bashrc script.
    – titus
    Dec 27, 2020 at 16:30
  • can you also specify running Inkscape from the terminal in your main answer? Jan 30, 2021 at 3:29

You can install textext, which is not bundled in inkscape by default. It works for me.


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