Inkscape Dark Theme for Windows | Version 0.92.4Inkscape Dark Theme for Windows | Version 0.92.4 https://logosbynick.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/inkscape-92-dark-theme-windows-1024x602.png 1024 602 Nick Saporito Nick Saporito https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/d9a1bc4f29b2352da1ce14ad033328ab?s=96&d=mm&r=g
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.
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
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!
If you have any questions or input, please leave a comment below. As always, thanks for watching!
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Downloaded and it looks wonderful on windows 10 build 1809, however, clicking an icon dosen’t indent or show darker. I have no idea whether something is on or off. It just remains the same, whether using either set of icons. Works perfect when reverting back to original theme. Any thoughts? Also, I am running the dark theme in windows if that makes any difference.
Thank you Nick!
The install instructions were easy to follow and the Dark theme works. It is very beautiful.
I came across one tiny problem: On my 27″ 4K monitor, the icons are a bit small. (I use windows 10 version 1803 and have the display scaling set to 150% as recommended by MS.) When I start Inkscape, the tool-, toolbox- and snapping icons don’t scale along with the rest, like the text in the UI. SO I have wonderful, new icons that are very small.
I have found a workaround: If I set the display scaling to 100% before I start Inkscape and then, while it runs, change the scaling back to 150%, the icons end up with a normal size.
I hope that scaling will work better with Win10 version 1809.
Thank you once again. Great work!