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
- Qt 5.9 or newer (QtGui not required for headless server)
- KF5 Extra CMake Modules
- KF5 KArchive
Client specific dependencies:
- QtColorPicker: optional, bundled copy is included
- QtKeyChain: optional, enables password storage
- KF5 KDNSSD: optional, local server discovery with Zeroconf
- MiniUPnP: optional, automatic port forwarding setup
- GIFLIB: optional, animated GIF export
- LibVPX: optional, WebM video export
Server specific dependencies (you can also take a look at Docker build script):
- libsystemd: optional, systemd socket activation support
- libmicrohttpd: optional, HTTP admin API
- libsodium: optional: ext-auth support
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
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.
SERVERGUI=off: build a headless-only stand-alone serveer.
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.
TESTS=on: build unit tests (run test suite with
KIS_TABLET=on: enable improved graphics tablet support (taken from Krita)
- On Windows, it enables Windows Ink and improved Wintab support. A patched version of Qt should be used. See
pkg/winfor the patch.
- On Linux (or any platform with an X server,) it enables a modified XInput2 event handler.
- On macOS it does nothing and shouldn't be used.
$ cmake .. -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=debug -DKIS_TABLET=on
For instructions on how to build Drawpile on Windows and OSX, see the Building from sources page.