In order to get the latest version of Inkscape, one has to use BZR.

How can I install inkscape using BZR and properly install it on my System?.

Detailed step by step guide would be preferable.


First install the build dependencies, you can do this simply by asking apt for the dependencies, first you need to make sure the source code section of software sources is set up:

Then install the dependencies:

sudo apt-get build-dep inkscape

Then you want to pull the source, in this case we don' t need the entire history for the project so we'll just do a lightweight checkout, this can still take a while:

bzr co --lightweight lp:inkscape

Then we need to cd into the directory and build it

cd inkscape
sudo make install

This will build Inkscape and install it into /usr/local/bin/inkscape by default.

  • Thank you very much Jorge, however i get an error when attempting to get the dependencies see my edit. – Uri Herrera Jul 3 '12 at 0:51
  • @UriHerrera: the error you pasted above was due to you typing inkspace, rather than inkscape – Jeremy Kerr Jul 3 '12 at 1:07
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    OMG.. feel like a noob.. Does this replace the installed inkscape (if it is installed) with the version from bzr?. – Uri Herrera Jul 3 '12 at 2:49
  • It should, launch it in a terminal and check the version # – Jorge Castro Jul 3 '12 at 3:38

Warning: Third party PPA, proceed with caution. More details on that here and here.

I just did a quick search on Launchpad, and discovered this PPA, which appears to have daily builds of inkscape available. Instructions on how to add the PPA are available here, the PPA you want to add is ppa:cafuego/inkscape.

  • Thanks! I'm surprised i didn't found it. This is awesome!. – Uri Herrera Jul 3 '12 at 0:57

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