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A collaborative drawing program
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Drawpile - a collaborative drawing program

Note: This is the development branch that will become Drawpile 2.0. For versions 1.x, see the stable-1.x branch.

Drawpile is a drawing program that lets you share the canvas with other users in real time.

Some feature highlights:

  • Runs on Linux, Windows and OSX
  • Shared canvas using the built-in server or a dedicated server
  • Record, play back and export drawing sessions
  • Simple animation support
  • Layers and blending modes
  • Text layers
  • Supports pressure sensitive Wacom tablets
  • Built-in chat
  • Supports OpenRaster file format
  • Encrypted connections using SSL
  • Automatic port forwarding with UPnP

Building with cmake

Client dependencies:

Server dependencies:

  • Qt 5.4 or newer (QtCore and QtNetwork only)
  • KF5 KArchive
  • libsystemd (optional)
  • libmicrohttpd (optional)

It's a good idea to build in a separate directory to keep build files separate from the source tree.


$ mkdir build
$ cd build
$ cmake ..
$ make

The executables will be generated in the build/bin directory. You can run them from there, or install them with make install.

The configuration step supports some options:

  • CLIENT=off: don't build the client (useful when building the stand-alone server only)
  • SERVER=off: don't build the stand-alone server.
  • TOOLS=on: build dprec2txt command line tool
  • CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=debug: enable debugging features
  • INITSYS="": select init system integration (currently only "systemd" is supported.) Set this to an empty string to disable all integration.

Example: $ cmake .. -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=debug

For instructions on how to build Drawpile on Windows and OSX, see the Building from sources page.

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