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Ipe AppImage recipe

This is a recipe for building an AppImage for Ipe, based on the fantastic work of Thomas Leitz - I only tinkered with a few details and added the Voronoi ipelet and pdftoipe.

Ipe requires pdflatex to be installed in order to render text elements. It is not included in the AppImage so you need to have a LaTeX distribution installed on your system. You can find informations about LaTeX and how to install it at www.tug.org.


  • Download the latest AppImage for Ipe

  • Make the AppImage executable, e.g. in the terminal run chmod a+x ipe-x.y.z-x86_64.AppImage

How to use the Ipe AppImage

  • To start Ipe, just click on the AppImage file.

  • You can also start Ipe from the command line by executing the AppImage:

$ ./ipe-7.2.6-x86_64.AppImage
  • If you want to use the Ipe command line tools, such as ipetoipe, iperender, ipescript, just prefix the command with the AppImage:
$ ./ipe-7.2.6-x86_64.AppImage ipetoipe -pdf ~/test.ipe
  • If you want to start Ipe with a command line argument, proceed as for the tools:
$ ./ipe-7.2.6-x86_64.AppImage ipe -sheet presentation ~/mytalk.pdf

Note that you will have to use absolute filenames in the arguments to the command line tools, because the AppImage changes directory before executing the code.

How to create an AppImage for Ipe

The AppImage for Ipe is created inside a fresh installation of CentOS 6.7. In order to build the AppImage follow these steps

  • Install CentOS 6.7 either on a PC or inside VirtualBox or any other virtualization program.

  • Start the Terminal and run git clone https://github.com/otfried/ipe-tools

  • Change directory with cd ipe-tools/appimage

  • Download and compile the needed tools and libraries with ./setup.sh.

  • Start Ipe compilation and packaging process with ./recipe.sh. This creates ipe-7.x.y-x86_64.AppImage inside the current directory.