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Manual Setup

A manual setup will allow you to edit the code while running the extension. If you are aiming to debug extensions, and are running on Windows, some supplementary instructions are available at windows-manual-setup

  1. Clone the extension source and update submodule pyembroidery

    git clone
    cd inkstitch
    git submodule init
    git submodule update
  2. Python Dependencies

    A few python modules are needed. In some cases this extension uses features that aren’t available in the versions of the modules pre-packaged in distributions, so we recommend installing them directly with pip:

     pip2 install -r requirements.txt

    Info: You might need to remove wxPython and install a platform specific package:
    ⚫ Debian uses python-wxgtk3.0
    ⚫ Ubuntu 16.04: pip install -U -f wxPython

    Info: If you only have Python 2 installed you may be able to use pip instead of pip2.

  3. Install Electron dependencies The Ink/Stitch GUI uses Electron. You’ll need a working NodeJS installation of version 10 or greater. If you don’t have the yarn command, install it with npm install yarn.

    Install Electron and its dependencies:

     cd electron
     yarn install
  4. Prepare INX files

     make inx

    This will create *.inx files for each locale in inx/<locale>.

  5. Symbolically link into the Inkscape extensions directory

     cd ~/.config/inkscape/extensions
     ln -s /path/to/inkstitch
     for i in inkstitch/inx/en_US/inkstitch_*.inx; do ln -s $i; done
     ln -s inkstitch/

    To use another language for Ink/Stitch menus inside Inkscape substitute en_US for another locale in inx/. Ink/Stich dialogs outside Inkscape use the OS language.

  6. Run Inkscape.

    Info: If Ink/Stitch returns ImportError: No module named shapely, then it is likely the version of Python used by Inkscape and the version you installed the Python dependencies for above are different. Configure the Inkscape Python executable by editing preferences.xml. The location of preferences.xml can be found in Inkscape under Edit > Preferences > System > User extensions. You must close Inkscape before editing this file, it is over-written when Inkscape closes.

    In preferences.xml update <group id="extensions" /> to include the correct Python interpreter. For example,

    <group id="extensions" python-interpreter="/usr/local/bin/python2" />

    where, /usr/local/bin/python2 is the value returned by which python2.

Info: Changes to the Python code take effect the next time the extension is run. Changes to the extension description files (*.inx) take effect the next time Inkscape is restarted.