Why won’t Inkscape run on my MacBook Pro?
Question by Erin Guindon /

I have downloaded Inkscape, and it downloaded properly. But when I try to open the application it doesn’t open. Not sure what the problem is – anyone got any ideas?

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  • Austin Halsell

    Everyone telling you about X11/XQuartz is right in that it is need to run Inkscape and is not included in OS 10.8. However, I”m surprised that no one’s mentioned Gatekeeper. It’s simple, you can two-finger/right click on the Inkscape icon in the Applications folder and click Open. It should have a warning pop-up about it not being from a recognized/licensed developer or something, just click ignore and the app will run. You should only have to do this once. You can bypass Gatekeeper automatically by going to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > ‘General’ Tab and clicking Allow from…Anywhere. Gatekeeper might be what’s keeping you from running it if it isn’t X11/XQuartz.

  • Jay Yang

    hi erin, are you still having trouble w/ this? please let us know of the version of inkscape and your OS and if you have X11/XQuartz installed. g’luck

  • Sashritha Peiris

    If you are running mountain lion do this. Go to launchpad (press F4 key). Then click on the folder called “Other”. Then click on the app called X11 or Xquartz (depending which one is there). Then it will tell you how to download X11 or Xquartz. You need X11 or Xquartz to run inkscape

  • Vivek Kumar Yadav

    Inkscape requires XII/XQuartz that is not included with Mountain Lion and that is the basic reason that it doesnt work. You must install XII/XQuartz and reboot before installing Inkscape.

  • Mac Witty

    Check out their Wiki http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/Installing_Inkscape

    If you did it right – then delete the app (with app delete or other deleting app) an reinstall it

  • Ahamed Yaseen

    Check the version of software….

  • Junil Maharjan

    may be it has a compatibility issue. check the requirements of inkscape.

  • Jim Chambers

    What OS X version are you using. Inkscape requires XII/XQuartz that is not included with Mountain Lion. You must install XII and reboot before installing Inkscape.

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