Importing other File Formats

Inkscape can import and open a large variety of file formats. The availability of some import file formats depends on other programs installed on your computer. Third-party Inkscape extensions can be used to import additional file formats.

When you import certain file formats, Inkscape may open a dialog asking you to specify import options for the file.

For some file formats, Inkscape is only able to import a subset of all available features of that file format.

Commonly available import file formats

(ordered by file extension)

Adobe Illustrator (via pdftocairo) (*.ai)
Adobe Illustrator file import via pdftocairo
Adobe Illustrator 8.0 and below (*.ai)
Adobe Illustrator files created with Illustrator 8.0 or older
Adobe Illustrator 9.0 and above (*.ai)
Adobe Illustrator files created with Illustrator 9.0 and newer
Adobe Illustrator SVG (*.ai.svg)
SVG file exported from Adobe Illustrator
ani (*.ani)
file format for animated mouse cursors on MS Windows
wmf (*.apm)
same as Windows Metafiles (*.wmf)
bmp (*.bmp)
Windows Bitmap image file format
Corel DRAW Compressed Exchange files (*.ccx)
Corel DRAW exchange file format
Corel DRAW Compressed Exchange files (UC) (*.ccx)
Corel DRAW exchange file format
Corel DRAW 7-X4 files (*.cdr)
Corel DRAW file format version 7-X4
Corel DRAW 7-X4 files (UQ) (*.cdr)
Corel DRAW file format version 7-X4
Corel DRAW 7-13 template files (*.cdt)
Corel DRAW template file format version 7-13
Corel DRAW 7-13 template files (UC) (*.cdt)
Corel DRAW template file format version 7-13
Computer Graphics Metafile files (*.cgm)
standardized graphics format for vector and raster data
Corel DRAW Presentation Exchange files (*.cmx)
Corel DRAW exchange file format for presentations
Corel DRAW Presentation Exchange files (UC) (*.cmx)
Corel DRAW exchange file format for presentations
ico (*.cur)
non-animated cursors file format for MS Windows
ACECAD Digimemo File (*.dhw)
ACE CAD digital notepad notes file
Dia Diagram (*.dia)
Diagram file format from Dia
AutoCAD DXF R13 (*.dxf)
dxf CAD file format from AutoCAD, version 13
Enhanced Metafiles (*.emf)
proprietary Windows vector file format that only supports straight lines
Encapsulated PostScript (*.eps)
embeddable printer graphics file
GdkPixdata (*.gdkp)
pixel data files for GTK
gif (*.gif)
graphics interchange format, a common raster file format (animations not supported in Inkscape)
GIMP Gradient (*.ggr)
gradient file from Gimp, gradient will be available in the Fill and Stroke dialog
HP Graphics Language file (*.hpgl)
plotter file format
icns (*.icns)
Apple icon image file format
ico (*.ico)
Windows computer icon file format
jpeg2000 (*.j2k)
see *.jp2
jpeg2000 (*.jp2)
standardized compressed raster image file format
jpeg2000 (*.jpc)
see *.jp2
jpeg (*.jpe)
see *.jpeg
jpeg (*.jpeg)
Joint Photographic Experts Group compressed raster image file format
jpeg (*.jpg)
see *.jpeg
jpeg2000 (*.jpf)
see *.jp2
jpeg2000 (*.jpx)
extended jpg2000 file format, see jp2
pnm (*.pbm)
portable bitmap file format (black and white only)
pcx (*.pcx)
ZSoft picture exchange raster graphics file format
pnm (*.pgm)
portable graymap file format (grayscale)
Adobe PDF (*.pdf)
standardized document exchange file format
Adobe PDF (via pdftocairo) (*.pdf)
standardized document exchange file format, import via pdftocairo library
HP Graphics Language Plot file [AutoCAD] (*.plt)
plotter file format
png (*.png)
portable network graphics, a lossless raster image file format
pnm (*.pnm)
portable anymap file format (see also pbm, pgm and ppm)
pnm (*.ppm)
portable pixmap file format (RGB)
PostScript (*.ps)
printer graphics language file format
qtif (*.qif)
see *.qtif
qtif (*.qtif)
Quick Time image file format
ras (*.ras)
Sun (Solaris) raster file format
sK1 vector graphics files (*.sk1)
native file format of sk1 vector editor
Scalable Vector Graphic (*.svg)
SVG files, such as the files Inkscape generates
Compressed Inkscape SVG (*.svgz)
gzip-compressed SVG file with all editor data
tga (*.targa)
see *.tga
tga (*.tga)
Truevision Advanced Raster Graphics Array image file
tiff (*.tif)
see *.tiff
tiff (*.tiff)
Tagged Image File Format (raster file format)
Microsoft Visio 2013 drawing (*.vsdm)
drawings created in MS Visio 2013
Microsoft Visio 2013 drawing (*.vsdx)
drawings created in MS Visio 2013
Microsoft Visio XML Diagram (*.vdx)
diagrams created in MS Visio
Microsoft Visio Diagram (*.vsd)
diagrams created in MS Visio
wbmp (*.wbmp)
Wireless Application Protocol Bitmap Format (black-transparent raster graphics)
Windows Metafiles (*.wmf)
improved version of .wmf with support for Bézier curves
WordPerfect Graphics (*.wpg)
graphics exported from Word Perfect
Microsoft XAML (*.xaml)
Microsoft’s graphical user interface description language file format
xbm (*.xbm)
X BitMap file format for cursors (black and white)
xpm (*.xpm)
X PixMap file format for cursors (color, successor of *.xbm)