Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Freehand, or Xara X. What sets Inkscape apart is its use of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), an open XML-based W3C standard, as the native format.

The design process may begin by doodles on a napkin, a sketched mindmap, a photo of a memorable object, or a mockup in software which really wouldn’t work to complete the project. Inkscape can take you from this stage to a final, professional-grade design format which is ready for publication on the web or in physical form.


  • Drawing: pencil tool, pen tool, and calligraphy tool.
  • Shape tools: rectangles, ellipses, stars/polygons, and spirals.
  • Text tool.
  • Embedded bitmaps.
  • Clones including a tool to create patterns and arrangements of clones

Software Info

Name Inkscape
Supported Platforms , ,
MTE Reviews Getting Started with Inkscape