Inkscape Dark Theme for Windows Mac and Linux | 3-Click Installation

Inkscape Dark Theme for Windows Mac and Linux | 3-Click Installation 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be going over how you can install the Inkscape dark theme found in version 1.0 as well as older versions 0.92.4 and 0.92.5. Before you proceed with this tutorial, please make sure that you know which version of Inkscape you’re working with and follow the instructions for that particular version.

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

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Inkscape Dark Theme for Version 1.0 and Up

On May 5th, 2020 Inkscape released version 1.0. You can read more about all of the new features on the Wiki page here. One of the more highly anticipated features introduced in version 1.0 is a built-in dark theme!

To activate Inkscape’s dark theme in versions 1.0 and above, open the Inkscape Preferences menu (control + shift + p) and then navigate to Interface > Theme and check the box that reads “use dark theme.”

You can see how the new Inkscape dark theme works in the following video I made where I briefly went over some of the new features in version 1.0 (the dark theme segment starts at the 00:47 mark.)

The written instructions are as follows.

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Step 1: Open Inkscape Preferences

The new dark theme in Inkscape version 1.0 is located in the Inkscape Preferences menu, which can be accessed by navigating to Edit > Preferences, or by pressing control + shift + p on your keyboard.

Here’s a snapshot of the Preferences menu…

Inkscape preferences menu

Step 2: Select Your Preferred Theme

With the Preferences menu opened, navigate to Interface > Theme and check the box that reads “Use dark theme“.

Choosing the dark theme in Preferences

Here’s how the new dark theme looks in Inkscape version 1.0…

New Inkscape dark theme

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There’s also other themes to choose from, as well and some redesigned icons, so be sure to browse through the library to find what you like best!

Inkscape Dark Theme for Version 0.92.4 and 0.92.5

Inkscape versions 0.92.4 and 0.92.5 do not come with a dark theme built in, so we’ll have to install it manually. Check the video tutorial below, or proceed to the written instructions.

Here is how the dark theme looks with updated icons…

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

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.

UPDATE 3/5/2019: Many of you have remarked that you’d like the work space (the white canvas) to be dark as well, so I’ve created another brief tutorial for how to do so here.

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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128 comments
  • Anonymous

    on the inkscape (application)>edit>preference>interface the “theme” does not appear. i have followed every single steps and have repeated the whole process many times but i still got nothing. my version is inkscape 0.92.4. hope you can help me :<

    • Nick Saporito

      There is no theme option in that version of Inkscape. The theme option is in version 1.0 and above. For your version of Inkscape you’d have to use the method that I went over for your version. It’s towards the bottom of the post.

  • John D. Kittles

    I’m doing the Celtic Knot tutorial and I’m stuck at the Stroke the Path part of the tutorial. You mentioned in your overview of Inkscape 1.0 the Stroke to Path stays filled. How does it become unfilled so I can finish the tutorial? Thanks and keep up the outstanding work.

  • WTF Panda

    Hi Nick! I’m a new fan of yours! BTW, the version of Inkscape I downloaded is 1.0 (4035a4fb49, 2020-05-01), is there still a way I can change it to dark mode in this version? I tried follow thru your instructions however, it shows a different folder under one folder. I tried to look for the file name but I can’t seem to find it.

      • Vish

        Hi Nick, Thank you so much for the amazing tutorial videos! I was able to get a dark theme in Inkscape 1.0 by changing preferences but what about the icons? How do I get the icons and icon behaviour shown in your videos on Inkscape 1.0?

          • Franz

            Hi Nick! Thank you for your amazing work on your videos, courses and all the tips & guidelines.
            I’m using Inkscape version 1.0 and I get to use the built in dark mode but how do I get the same icons you use in version 0.92.4 & 0.92.5?
            Blessings to you

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