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I installed Inkscape-0.48.3.1 via MacPorts to my Mac OS X 10.9.1 System. I Can start it from the Terminal using the command inkscape, which starts inkscape fomr the location /opt/local/bin/inkscape.

How can I link Inkscape to SVG files? I'd really like to open SVG-files by double clicking on the file.

When installed via Macports, Inkscape does not appear in the drop-down of the "open with" dialog. An entry is only added, when I install Inkscape using the installer from the Inkscape website. The problem is, that this version does not run properly under Mavericks (10.9.1). Sor far I could not find a way the this location to the dropdown menu or add a launcher to the panel.

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To answer your first question:

If you control-click (right-click) on an SVG file, select "Get Info" from the menu. A window will open, with several sections. One is "Open with:". You may need to click the triangle next to it, but you should see a selector where you can choose the program which should open the file when it is double-clicked.

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Since you want the same behavior for all .SVG files, press the "Change All..." button, and it should work.

  • Unfortunately this does not work. Inkscape only appears in the drop-down menu, when I install it using the installer from the inkscape website. The problem is, that this version does not run properly under Mavericks (10.9.1). Thus I installed Inkscape using Macports, which adds Inkscape to /opt/local/bin/inkscape. I could not find a way the this location to the dropdown menu or add a launcher to the panel. – R_User Dec 19 '13 at 9:43
  • If you click "Other..." at the bottom of the drop-down, a standard open-file dialog window opens. Even if you can't navigate to the folder, you can press command+shift+g and type in /opt/local/bin where the inkscape binary should be. Another option (but, less elegant) would be to make an alias or unix link from the /Applications/ folder to the macports binary. Off-topic; but, thanks for the heads-up about Inkscape+10.9 -- I was just about ready to install it on all the computers at my office. – Kent Dec 19 '13 at 23:11

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