Inkscape Dark Theme for Windows | Version 0.92.4

Inkscape Dark Theme for Windows | Version 0.92.4 1024 602 Nick Saporito

A few years ago I made a post outlining how you could give Inkscape a dark theme. Inkscape has since released several updates that have rendered that old tutorial obsolete, so it’s time for an update of my own. In this post I’ll be demonstrating how you can install a dark theme for Inkscape version 0.92.4 on Windows 10.

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Before you proceed with this tutorial, please make sure that you’re using the correct version of Inkscape, which is 0.92.4. I cannot say for certain that this will work on any other version.

If you don’t know which version you’re running, go to Help > About Inkscape.

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The following is a brief overview of the steps taken. For more in-depth instructions, please refer to the video tutorial at the top of the page.

Inkscape Dark Theme

Before and after dark theme

A before and after of the dark theme

The first step is to download the dark theme package here: Dark-theme-92.zip

This was originally shared on Gnome-Look by Abdullah Ragb, who was kind of enough to let me make a modified version for Windows users, using my own icon theme.

Please note that in the zipped folder there’s a sub folder titled “Original Files”. Those are the default theme files that Inkscape comes with in case you’d like to revert back at any point in the future.

Step 1: Replace Theme File

Go to Local Disc (C:) > Program Files > Inkscape > Share > Themes > MS-Windows > gtk-2.0

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Once you’re in that folder, simply delete the file titled “gtkrc” and replace it with the gtkrc file from the “New Files” sub folder in the Dark-Theme-92 zip. Make sure to copy and paste the folder titled “ui” into that same directory as well.

Step 2: Replace Icons File

Now head over to Local Disc (C:) > Program Files > Inkscape > Share > Icons

Look for a file titled icons.svg and delete it. Now replace it with the icons.svg file from the Dark-Theme-92 zip. If you’d like to use those icon designs for the standard theme Inkscape comes with, you can download a copy for the light theme here.

If you currently have Inkscape running, close out of it and start it up again. Your dark theme should now be active!

Inkscape dark theme

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If you have any questions or input, please leave a comment below. As always, thanks for watching!

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