The Ipe extensible drawing editor

Ipe is a drawing editor for creating figures in PDF or (encapsulated) Postscript format. It supports making small figures for inclusion into LaTeX-documents as well as making multi-page PDF presentations that can be shown on-line with Acrobat Reader.

Ipe's main features are:

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You can find more information about Ipe features in the manual.

Download the current Ipe version

The current version of Ipe is Ipe 7.2.7.

I'm making four downloads of Ipe available: a binary distribution for Windows, a binary package for Mac OS X, a binary AppImage for Linux, and a source package that should compile on any recent Unix system.

Linux AppImage

Several Linux distributions (including Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, Arch Linux) offer an ipe package, which you can install through the distribution's package manager.

It takes a while for a new Ipe version to make into a distribution, especially the long-term stable distributions. If you want to use the new features of the cutting edge Ipe version, you can either compile Ipe yourself, or use this AppImage:


An AppImage is a package for Linux that requires no compilation, no installation, and works on all Linux distributions (assuming it's not too ancient).

Simply download the file and make it executable (for instance, you can say chmod 0755 ipe-x.y.z-x86_64.AppImage on the command line).

To start Ipe, just click on the AppImage, or execute it from the command line like this:

$ ./ipe-7.2.6-x86_64.AppImage 

If you want to use the Ipe command line tools, such as ipetoipe, iperender, ipescript, pdftoipe, etc., just prefix the command with the AppImage:

$ ./ipe-7.2.6-x86_64.AppImage ipetoipe -pdf ~/test.ipe
Note that you will have to use absolute paths for the filename arguments of all tools. This is necessary because the AppImage must change directory before executing the code inside.

If you want to start Ipe itself with command line parameters, you would have to say:

$ ./ipe-7.2.6-x86_64.AppImage ipe ~/test.ipe

If you want to build an Ipe AppImage yourself, here is the recipe.

Windows binary package

Unzip this package somewhere on your Windows computer. This package requires at least Windows XP (zoom and pan gestures on the canvas need at least Windows 7).

Mac OS X binary package


Download this disk image and copy "" onto your Mac running OSX 10.9 or higher.

If you are still using OSX 10.6 to 10.8, you can use Ipe 7.1.10 from here: ipe-7.1.10-mac.dmg

May the source be with you


This includes sources to build Ipe, as well as the Ipe documentation. See the install.txt file for instructions.

Sponsor Ipe development

You now have the opportunity to join the community that sponsors Ipe's development.


After the manual, your second source of useful information, example files, or answers to frequently asked questions is the Ipe 7 Wiki. The idea is that Ipe users add useful tips and tricks, or anything related to Ipe here.

Mailing lists

There are two mailing lists for Ipe. The first mailing list is used solely to announce new versions of Ipe, and perhaps new ipelets that may be interesting to a broad audience. Traffic on this list is very light, as most messages on this list come from me. You can subscribe to the announcement list here.

The second list is used to discuss Ipe. You can subscribe here. Please don't use it to report bugs—the bug tracker is much better at that.

Both lists are maintained by René van Oostrum. Thank you!

Reporting bugs

Before reporting a bug, please verify that you have the latest Ipe version, and check that the problem is not explained in the frequently asked questions on the Ipe 7 Wiki. Please do not send bug reports directly to me (the first thing I would do with your report is to enter it into the bug tracker).

To report bugs, please use the Ipe bug tracker (click on New issue).


The extensible drawing editor Ipe is "free," this means that everyone is free to use it and free to redistribute it on certain conditions. Ipe is not in the public domain; it is copyrighted and there are restrictions on its distribution as follows:

Copyright © 1993–2018 Otfried Cheong

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the Gnu General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

As a special exception, you have permission to link Ipe with the CGAL library and distribute executables, as long as you follow the requirements of the Gnu General Public License in regard to all of the software in the executable aside from CGAL.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but without any warranty; without even the implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. See the Gnu General Public License for more details.

Other downloads

Older Ipe versions can be found on

Several separate programs are available from the ipe-tools repository on GitHub. These are available in source form only (A binary for pdftoipe is included in the Ipe Windows binary distribution).


svgtoipe converts SVG figures to Ipe format. It cannot handle everything in SVG, but should work for geometric objects and gradients. This program is actually a Python script.


pdftoipe converts arbitrary PDF files to Ipe's XML format, or at least it tries to. You'll need the poppler library to compile it.

Matplotlib backend

Matplotlib is a Python module for scientific plotting. With this backend, you can create Ipe figures directly from matplotlib.


figtoipe converts figures made with Xfig to Ipe's XML format. It does not handle all the features of Xfig. figtoipe was improved and is currently maintained by Alexander Bürger. Thank you!


If you still have figures that were made with Ipe 5, you can use this program to convert them to the format understood by Ipe 6. You can then run ipe6upgrade to convert them to Ipe 7 format. The source to ipe5toxml is in the public domain.