How to delete and reinstall Inkscape in Ubuntu and Linux Mint

fix corrupted inkscape installation ubuntu

I was trying to install Inkscape on my Ubuntu test PC via Terminal, but Ubuntu says that “inkscape is already the newest version”, “0 upgraded, 0 newly installed”. But I couldn’t locate the program in the ‘Applications’ nor was able to launch it from command-line by ‘inkscape’ command. It showed error as “The program ‘inkscape’ is currently not installed. You can install it by typing: sudo apt-get install inkscape”.

fix corrupted inkscape installation ubuntu

With in no time, I understood something is wrong my inkscape installation. It must be corrupted. The only way is to completely uninstall inkscape and reinstall it as fresh installation. I proceeded as follows and it worked!

Completely Uninstall Corrupted Inkscape

STEP 1: Launch ‘Terminal’ and run the command:

cd /etc/apt/sources.list.d/

STEP 2: Remove inkscape PPA sources using ‘rm’ command with * wild character.

sudo rm inkscape*

You have to enter root password when prompted.

STEP 3: Now purge inkscape.

sudo apt-get purge inkscape

STEP 4: Clean inkscape:

sudo apt-get clean

STEP 5: Update PPA repository sources:

sudo apt-get update

STEP 6: Finally install inkscape again.

sudo apt-get install inkscape

Enter root password and ‘y’ when prompted.

After installation is complete, you can launch Inkscape from ‘Applications’ or via Terminal with command:

inkscape

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