How to install Inkscape 1.3.2 on a Chromebook

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing Inkscape 1.3.2 on your Chromebook. Inkscape is a powerful, open-source vector graphics editor that's perfect for creating illustrations, logos, and other scalable artwork. Whether you're a professional designer or just starting out, Inkscape offers a robust set of tools to bring your creative visions to life.

Compatibility Note

Before we begin, it's important to note that this tutorial is specifically for Chromebooks with Intel or AMD processors that support Linux Apps. Unfortunately, this method won't work on Chromebooks with ARM64 architecture CPUs. If you're unsure about your Chromebook's processor, you can check our lists of Intel-based Chromebooks and AMD-based Chromebooks.

Video Tutorial

We've prepared a video tutorial to guide you through the installation process. Feel free to follow along with the video as you complete the steps below.

Installation Steps

Here are the commands you'll need to run in your Chromebook's Linux terminal to install Inkscape:

  1. sudo apt update - This updates your package lists to ensure you're getting the latest versions.
  2. sudo apt install kmenuedit fuse libnss3 - This installs necessary dependencies for Inkscape.
  3. wget - This downloads the Inkscape AppImage.
  4. chmod 755 Inkscape-091e20e-x86_64.AppImage - This makes the AppImage executable.
  5. ./Inkscape-091e20e-x86_64.AppImage - This runs Inkscape.
  6. kmenuedit - This opens the menu editor, allowing you to add Inkscape to your app launcher.

Each of these commands plays a crucial role in the installation process. The first two prepare your system, the next two download and prepare the Inkscape application, and the last two help you run and integrate Inkscape into your Chromebook's interface.

Additional Resources

To help you along the way, we've prepared a Google Doc with more detailed instructions and screenshots. This can be particularly helpful if you're new to using the Linux terminal on your Chromebook.

Why Inkscape?

Inkscape is a fantastic tool for anyone interested in vector graphics. Unlike raster graphics editors (like GIMP or Photoshop), Inkscape creates images that can be scaled to any size without losing quality. This makes it ideal for creating logos, illustrations, and other graphics that might need to be used at various sizes.

Some key features of Inkscape include:

  • A wide array of drawing tools
  • Support for various file formats, including SVG
  • Ability to create and edit complex paths
  • Text tools for both artistic and regular text
  • Extensive color management capabilities

By installing Inkscape on your Chromebook, you're opening up a world of creative possibilities right at your fingertips.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues during the installation process, here are a few things to try:

  • Ensure your Chromebook's Linux environment is up to date by running sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade before starting the installation.
  • If you get a "command not found" error, make sure you've typed the command correctly and that you're in the correct directory.
  • If the AppImage doesn't run, try moving it to your home directory first with mv Inkscape-091e20e-x86_64.AppImage ~/ and then running it from there.

Remember, if you run into any problems or have questions, don't hesitate to reach out through a YouTube comment on our tutorial video. We're here to help!


Installing Inkscape on your Chromebook can greatly enhance your creative capabilities. Whether you're a professional designer or a hobbyist, having access to a powerful vector graphics editor like Inkscape can open up new possibilities for your projects.

For more information about Inkscape and its capabilities, visit the official Inkscape website.

Enjoy exploring the world of vector graphics with Inkscape on your Chromebook!

Additional Resources

If you're interested in learning more about Chromebooks and their capabilities, check out these resources:

Happy designing!