Extension requirements

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For info about what effects can do, screenshots, and how to make your own go to Aarons Site If you are interested in opening special file formats through extensions, see GettingExtensionsWorking.

Python Effects

on Debian GNU / Linux

   apt-get install python python-lxml

on Microsoft Windows

From version .44 onwards, Inkscape now includes Python in the download, and has effects enabled by default. The latest stable Inkscape version includes Python 2.6.5.

on Mac OS X

Starting with version 0.46, Inkscape contains the python packages needed for the extension system. All python extensions should work out of the box. However in case you still have trouble you can install them in their regular location.

Compiling from source

If you prefer, you can install them from source, it is really easy.

  1. download the source code for sourceforge numpy repository and/or lxml download section
  2. unpack the .tar.gz file
    tar -xzf numpy***.tar.gz lxml***.tar.gz
  3. for each one cd into the newly created directory
  4. build C extensions and install (the install is system wide so you need administrator privileges)
    sudo python setup.py install
    and type your password.

The packages are installed in the site-packages directory of your Python install. This is /Library/Python/2.*/site-packages for the stock install of Python on Mac OS X.

Perl Effects

on Debian GNU / Linux

   apt-get install perl libxml-xql-perl

on Gentoo GNU / Linux

   emerge -a XML-XQL

on Microsoft Windows

   install ActivePerl
   install XML::XQL::DOM (perhaps like this?)
       1: install prereqs with ppm:
	    install xml-dom
	    install parse-yapp
	    install datemanip
       2: download xml-xql from:
       3: open command prompt and locate perl"s lib directory with:
	    perl -e "print qq(@INC)"    (mine was C:/Perl/site/lib)
       4: unpack xml-xql archive
       5: copy contents of XML-XQL-*\lib\XML into C:\Perl\site\lib\XML
       6: copy XML-XQL-*\XQLParser\Parser.pm to C:\Perl\site\lib\XML\XQL

Plugin Effects

I have absolutely no idea. Please record your success here. :)

What if it doesn't work?

Run Inkscape from the console

Use the error messges printed to the console to diagnose the problem (very often missing dependencies)

On Windows you will have to redirect output to a text file like this: "inkscape > output.txt"