Inkscape extension to assist creating logic circuits symbols, following the 'distinctive shape' of IEEE Std 91/91a-1991 standard.
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Inkscape extension to assist creating logic circuits symbols, following the 'distinctive shape' of IEEE Std 91/91a-1991 standard.

main features

The main features are

  • you can use up to six inputs for each gate (except NOT gate)
  • each input can be set to be inverted (negated)
  • Latch and flip-flop generator, with optional control gates and asynchronous Preset and Clear
  • signal labeling generator with a few commonly used signals pre defined
  • boolean expression editor, with optional LaTeX support and pre defined logic operator functions.

Installation and requirements

This extension was partially developed in Inkscape 0.48 and partially in 0.91 in Linux (Kubuntu 12.04 and 14.04). It should work on both versions of Inkscape. Also, they should work in different OSs too as long as all requirements are installed.

This extension requires another extension to run, inkscapeMadeEasy, which contains several backstage methods and classes.

In order to use logicGates extension, you must also download inkscapeMadeEasy files and put them inside Inkscape's extension directory. Please refer to inkscapeMadeEasy installation instructions. In the end you must have the following files and directories in your Inkscape extension directory.

            |-- textextLib
            |   |--
            |   |-- basicLatexPackages.tex
            |   |-- CircuitSymbolsLatexPreamble.tex      <-- add this file to  textextLib  subdirectoy
            |   |-- textext.inx
            |   |--
            `-- logicGates.inx

LaTeX package requirement

If LaTeX support is enables (see below), you will need in your system the following packages: amsmath, amsthm, amsbsy, amsfonts, amssymb, siunitx, steinmetz

Disabling LaTeX support of inkscapeMadeEasy

Many of the methods implemented in inkscapeMadeEasy project use LaTeX to generate text. To this end I decided to employ the excellent extension textext from Pauli Virtanen

LaTeX support via textext extension requires LaTeX typesetting system in your computer (it's free and awesome! =] ), together with a few python modules (pygtk and Tkinter among others). The later might be a problem for non-Linux systems (precompiled inkscape for Windows as OS X don't come with them).

Since many people don't use LaTeX and/or don't have it installed, inkscapeMadeEasy's LaTeX support is now optional. By default, LaTeX support is ENABLED.

Please refer to on how to easily disable LaTeX support.

.. warning:: Since disabling LaTeX support is a new feature, this project was not yet extensively checked for misplacements/errors when this support is disabled. Please report any issues you find.


The extension can be found under extensions > fsmMLK > Circuit symbols menu.

This extension is presented in three tabs, Logic gates, Latch and F.F. and Signals and Expressions. The extension has three modes of operation. Depending on which tab is on top, the extension will create different elements in your document as soon as you click on Apply button (or check live preview). The modes are

1- If Logic gates tab is on top, then the extension is set to draw logic gates

2- If Latch and F.F. tab is on top, then the extension is set to draw Latches and Flip-flops

3- If Signals and Expressions tab is on top, then the extension is ready to create signals and/or boolean expressions.

Logic Gates tab

Gate checkboxes: You can select the ports to be drawn. More than one gate can be created at once, however they will share the same input configuration (see below)

Number of inputs: Number of inputs of the gate. This parameter does not affect the NOT gate. You can choose any number between 2 and 6

Input config: You can select whether the inputs must be inverted. This field accepts a list of values 1 or 0 separated by commas or spaces, one for each input.

  • 1 stands for regular input
  • 0 stands for inverted input

The first element of this list is associated to the input at the top. If this string has less elements than the number of inputs, the remaining inputs will be set to regular inputs.


Latch and F.F. tab

Type: You can select the type of Latch/Flip-flop.

Size: You can select the size of the symbols. You can choose between 3 sizes, shown below.

Suppress Q and not Q outputs: You can choose any output (Q and NOT Q) to be suppressed.

Control Gate: You can include a control gate, by level (Latch) or edge (Flip-flop)

Control Activation Logic: You can select the type of activation logic

  • active on HIGH (for latches) or on rising edge (for F.F.)
  • active on LOW (for latches) or on falling edge (for F.F.)

Asynchronous Preset: Add asynchronous Preset signal. You can select between active HIGH or LOW.

Asynchronous Clear: Add asynchronous Clear signal. You can select between active HIGH or LOW.

Signals and Expressions tab

This tab is presented in two sections, Signals and Boolean Expressions. The first create signal nodes to add to your logic circuit. The second creates a text element with a boolean expression.

Create Signal section

Create signal: Toggles the signal label creator. Check it draw it.

Signal type: Allows the selection of one type of signal. You can select a few commonly used signal or select Custom to customize its label. (see below)

Custom signal label: Label of the signal. Used only if Custom is selected in Signal type. If LaTeX support is enabled (see Installation and requirements section) the text will be inserted in a mathematical environment $...$

Direction: Direction of the line segment.

Draw line: signal line toggle.

Boolean Expressions section

Create boolean expression: Toggles the boolean expression creator. Check it draw it.

Boolean expression: Boolean expression definition. Commands were created for the basic boolean operators:

Note: The command \NOT has one argument and MUST be enclosed between { }



  • The objects will be created at the center of your screen.