Reset Default Inkscape Settings – 3 Steps

Inkscape Reset Defaults 1.0.x and 0.9x versions
Sometimes its just easier to reset Inkscape to defaults.

UPDATE FOR INKSCAPE 1.0.X Users: Since updating from the 0.92 version I’ve found that my preferences.xml file is in a new location. It may be because I’ve tinkered around installing and uninstalling different versions of Inkscape; it could also be from upgrading my Mac to Catalina 10.15.7 and then forced to use the beta Inkscape 1.0 version. Either way, I’ve noticed that the deleting the preferences.xml file in the original 0.92 location doesn’t reset Inkscape so at the end of this article I show how to reset Inkscape preferences for Inkscape 1.0.x versions. The original instructions will still work with earlier versions for those that haven’t upgraded Inkscape.

Inkscape is one of the best free open source editors to use for creating, editing and photoshopping amazing visual content. But it can be challenging to learn the nuances of this wonderful editor. One of the first items I learned was how to reset Inkscape to default settings. I’d gotten myself into a bit of a bind with some of the configurations I’d done with some Inkscape filters and objects. While I could have undone my configuration, I was in a hurry and didn’t want to backtrack out of the changes. I just wanted a quick way to reset Inkscape to the default settings. My problem was that I use a Mac and not Windows; there seems to be a lot more help available for Windows users than Mac users.

I found an easy solution. Here’s the quick reset method I used but be sure that Inkscape is shutdown or closed when you do this.

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Method #1 Mac Terminal: Reset Inkscape Defaults

1. Open a terminal window. 2. Change directory to /Users/yourhomefolder/.config/Inkscape 3. Delete the preferences.xml

Method #2 Finder: Restore Inkscape To Default Settings.

You could browse to this but you might need to unhide hidden folders and files on Mac; that could depend on your version of OS as I haven’t tested this much. However, on High Sierra, it does also work.

Browse to your hard-drive device. Click it to open.

preference file - browse-to-inkscape-directory

Since the .config will be hidden from view by default the easy method is to use Finder. On the Finder menu, Click the “Go” and select “Go to folder” and search for “/Users/your-home-directory/.config/Inkscape”. It should open up to the Inkscape directory where you can right-click the preferences.xml file and delete it.

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inkscape preference file location mac

Once you re-open Inkscape, the preference.xml file will be recreated with Inkscape defaults.

Reset Inkscape 1.0.x default settings – Preference.xml file location change

It’s that straightforward.

For Inkscape 1.0 versions, the best and easiest method to find the correct preference.xml file is to open finder and search for preference.xml. I looked for the file with the most recent modified date; I don’t guaranteed the location will be exact as I’ve reinstalled Inkscape multiples times and with multiple versions, both from DMG files as well as source tar files. In my case the newest preferences.xml file was located here. I deleted it and then re-opened Inkscape.

Inkscape 1.0.x Preference.xml File Location

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