Ipe is a drawing editor for creating figures in PDF format. It supports making small figures for inclusion into LaTeX-documents as well as making multi-page PDF presentations.
Ipe's main features are:
You can find more information about Ipe features in the manual.
If you want to develop Ipe scripts or ipelets, you'll need the Ipe library documentation.
I'm making four downloads of Ipe available: a binary distribution for Windows, a binary package for Mac OS X, binary packages for several Linux-distributions, and a source package that should compile on any recent Unix system.
You can also install Ipe as a flatpak—this will work on many Linux distributions, also older ones for which we don't build packages anymore.
Unzip this package somewhere on your Windows computer. This package requires at least Windows 7.
Download the following disk image and copy Ipe.app onto your Mac running Mac OS 10.10 or higher.
Security warning: When you try to normally open a newly downloaded version of Ipe, MacOS will show a security warning that says that it cannot verify the developer and that it cannot check for malicious software. This is the normal behaviour of MacOS. Control-Click the Ipe icon, then choose "Open" from the shortcut menu.
For Apple computers with Intel processor: ipe-7.2.28-mac-intel.dmg
For Apple computers with ARM processor ("Apple silicon"): ipe-7.2.28-mac-arm.dmg
For MacOS, IpePresenter is provided as a separate app. Copy IpePresenter.app onto your Mac:
For Apple computers with Intel processor: ipepresenter-7.2.28-mac-intel.dmg
For Apple computers with ARM processor ("Apple silicon"): ipepresenter-7.2.28-mac-arm.dmg
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 it into a distribution, especially the long-term stable distributions. Thanks to the wonderful openSuse build service, I can provide Ipe installation packages for some recent Linux distributions, currently Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, and openSuse. (On archlinux, you can rely on the official package, which is always quite up to date.)
Before you install these packages, remove any old Ipe version you installed through your distribution's package manager!
If your Linux distribution is not mentioned below, or if your Linux release is older, you can install Ipe as a flatpak. (For instance, since Ipe 7.2.27 Ipe relies on Qt6, so we cannot provide packages for Ubuntu 20.04, Debian 11, or Fedora 36 anymore.)
For these Debian-based distributions, download a DEB-package according to the following table.
|Ubuntu 22.04 and Mint 21||ipe_7.2.28-1_amd64.deb|
$ sudo gdebi ipe_7.2.28-1_amd64.debTo remove Ipe again, use
$ sudo apt-get remove ipe
For these distributions you need to download an RPM-package, according to the following table.
This includes sources to build Ipe, as well as the Ipe documentation. See the install.txt file for instructions.
Are you an Ipe fan? You can show everybody by wearing the Ipe T-shirt, and sponsor Ipe development at the same time.
You now have the opportunity to become a member of 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.
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!
Ipe now comes with a companion program IpePresenter. IpePresenter is a presentation tool to show PDF presentations (made with Ipe or with the beamer Latex package)—see the IpePresenter homepage for details.
IpePresenter is included in the binary packages for Ipe on Windows and Linux, and is also available as a separate binary package (without Ipe) for Windows and MacOS.
Before reporting a bug, please verify that you have the latest Ipe version, and check that the problem is not explained in the FAQ. 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 © 1993–2023 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.
Several separate programs are available from the ipe-tools repository on GitHub. These are available in source form only.
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.
Do you prefer to create your presentations in Ipe? But your bosses/colleagues/clients keep asking for Powerpoint files?
Fear no more! Poweripe is a Python script that translates an Ipe presentation into a Powerpoint presentation.
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.
ipepython is an extension module for Python 3 that allows you to read and write Ipe documents and to process all the information inside.
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.