Install Ink/Stitch on Linux

Video Guide

We also provide beginner tutorial videos on our YouTube channel. Watch the installation process for Linux.

Requirements

That’s it! All python libraries and external dependencies are bundled (using the excellent pyinstaller), so you shouldn’t need to set anything else up.

Installation

Download

Download the release archive for your prefered language.

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Latest release: 19.08.2020 Ink/Stitch v1.29.1

Extract Files

Go to Edit > Preferences > System (Inkscape 0.9) or Inkscape > Preferences > System (Inkscape 1.0) and check where your User Extensions folder is.

Extensions folder location

Extract the Ink/Stitch archive directly into this folder.

$ cd ~/.config/inkscape/extensions
$ unzip ~/Downloads/inkstitch-v1.29.1-linux-en_US.zip

The file structure should look similiar to this (just a lot more files):

File Structure

Run Ink/Stitch

Restart Inkscape.

You will then find Ink/Stitch under Extensions > Ink/Stitch.

Upgrade

Delete the old extension files first. Go to the extension directory and remove each inkstitch* file and folder.

Then, proceed as above.

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Troubleshoot

Ink/Stitch doesn’t run / is greyed out

Confirm installation path

Check if files were possibly extracted into a sub-directory. You should see a lot of files starting with “inkstitch” directly inside the extension folder, beside of one folder called “inkstitch”.

Confirm Ink/Stitch Version

Verify if you have downloaded Ink/Stitch for Linux (Download)

Confirm ownership/permissions

Some users report false ownership/permissions can cause this issue.

Ink/Stitch dialogues disappear after a few seconds

This issue can be caused by wayland. Start Inkscape with the following command: export GDK_BACKEND=x11 && inkscape.

This workaround has to be used until we moved all Ink/Stitch applications to the electron environment.

I installed Ink/Stitch in my native language, but the dialogue windows are displayed in English

Incomplete Translation

It is possible, that not all strings have been translated. This is indicated by some strings of text beeing in English and others in your native language. If you like to complete the translation, have a look at our description for translators.

Language Setting

We have to distinguish between the Extension menu in Inkscape and the dialogue windows. The selection of the ZIP file causes only the Extension menu to be in a certain language. The dialgoue windows are build differently. They will use the language of your operating system. If Ink/Stitch is uncertain, which language to support, it will fallback on English. You can tell Inkscape explicitly to use your native language as follows:

  • Go to Edit > Preferences > Interface (Ctrl + Shift + P)
  • Set your language
  • Restart Inkscape

Preferences > Interface