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Inkscape's code is undergoing a major rewrite with the dual goals of making it more powerful and flexible for the user while making it easier for the developer. This is a long term process and it will be awhile before we see the full benefits. As a first step, we've started to use the latest Gtk 3 application code which has resulted in some changes in how the command line works.
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Starting after the release of the 0.92.x series, Inkscape's code is undergoing a major rewrite with the dual goals of making it more powerful and flexible for the user while making it easier for the developer. This is a long term process and it will be awhile before we see the full benefits.  
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As a first step, we've started to use the latest Gtk 3 application code for Inkscape 1.0 which has resulted in some changes in how the command line works.
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For the command line parameters for Inkscape versions up to 0.92.x, please check the corresponding output of <code>inkscape --help</code> on the command line.
  
 
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=What can you do with the command line?=

Revision as of 01:33, 21 November 2018

Background

Starting after the release of the 0.92.x series, Inkscape's code is undergoing a major rewrite with the dual goals of making it more powerful and flexible for the user while making it easier for the developer. This is a long term process and it will be awhile before we see the full benefits.

As a first step, we've started to use the latest Gtk 3 application code for Inkscape 1.0 which has resulted in some changes in how the command line works.

For the command line parameters for Inkscape versions up to 0.92.x, please check the corresponding output of inkscape --help on the command line.

What can you do with the command line?

This is (not yet) a complete list.

Print out information

  • Help (list of command line options): inkscape --help or inkscape -?
  • Inkscape version: inkscape --version
  • Extension directory: inkscape --extensions-directory
  • List of available verbs (very long): inkscape --verb-list
  • List of available actions: inkscape --action-list

Query geometry information

  • Find the x position of a set of objects: inkscape --query-id="MyTriangle,MySquare" --query-x my_file.svg
This will return, for example:
200,300
  • Query the geometry of all objects: inkscape --query-all
This will return, for example (id,x,y,width,height):
MySvg,0,0,600,600
MyGroup,100,100,300,300
MyTriangle,120,120,100,80
MySquare,150,150,50,50

Export files

  • Simple export of a PNG: inkscape --export-type="png" my_file.svg
This will produce a PNG with a name my_file.png
  • Export one object from the file to a PNG: inkscape --export-type="png" --export-id="MyTriangle" my_file.svg
This will produce a PNG with a file name my_file_MyTriangle.png which tightly wraps the object. Objects that extend into the exported area will be shown.
  • Export one object from the file to a PNG, hiding all other objects: inkscape --export-type="png" --export-id="MyTriangle" --export-id-only my_file.svg
This will produce a PNG with a file name my_file_MyTriangle.png which tightly wraps the object. Only the triangle is shown.
  • Export more than one object at a time to PNG files: inkscape --export-type="png" --export-id="MyTriangle,MyRectangle" my_file.svg
This will produce two PNG files, one tightly wrapping the triangle, the other the rectangle.
  • Export more than one object to SVG files: inkscape --export-type="svg" --export-id="MyTriangle,MyRectangle" --export-id-only my_file.svg CRASH: FIXME
This will produce two SVG files, one with just the triangle, the other with just the rectangle.