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Adobe Illustrator Alternatives for Linux

Adobe Illustrator is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Inkscape, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Adobe Illustrator and 14 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Adobe Illustrator are Gravit Designer, MyPaint, Vectr and Karbon.

Adobe Illustrator alternatives are mainly Vector Graphic Apps but may also be Image Editors or Digital Painting Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Adobe Illustrator.
This page was last updated May 10, 2022
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  1. Inkscape

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Windows S
    • BSD
    • Snapcraft
    • FLATHUB
    • PortableApps.com
    • X11
    • MacPorts
    • XQuartz

    Unlike Illustrator, Inkscape is completely free and open source, and it uses Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) as its native format. This lightweight app is usually recommended if you don't have a powerful computer, as it also has many of the useful features from illustrator, including layers, grouping objects, drawing, shape, calligraphy, pencil tools, path simplification with variable threshold, bitmaps, and boolean operations. Plus, you can open or import a wide range of file formats including SVG, PDF, EPS, CDR, or even AI (Adobe Illustrator).

    Inkscape vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Inkscape is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
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    paulocoghi

    It's feature complete, professional and as capable (or even more capable) than Illustrator

    Top positive comment  7 months ago
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    5

    It's fast and has super tools which you can do your tasks speedily and without any complex

    Top positive comment  10 months ago
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    ShnitzelKiller

    Inkscape has very bad performance (especially on mac), due to jank in the rendering code, and being optimized for CPU rather than GPU rendering, probably due to being a very old piece of software. It doesn't seem like this will be fixed anytime soon, based on the discussions taking place which are years old at this point.

    Top negative comment  11 months ago
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    Primarily it is free and open-source and has support for Linux, which proprietary software typically don't support (especially Adobe software) and it stores its format as svg, which is good if you want to use it on-the-go for certain situations

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    danielcastelli

    More akin to Corel Draw than lllustrator, but a great alternative anyway

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    orangespock

    Inkscape feels way too old

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    -12

    working with gradients is much much easier than illustrator. keyboard control is much easy and fast than of illustrator

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  2. Excellent alternative to Illustrator since it allows you to edit vector graphics directly from the browser without the need to download any software. It has online storage space similar to Dropbox or OneDrive where you can save your designs as well as upload existing graphics and add them to your current design. In addition to this, Gravit has several free design templates at your disposal, an extensive library of icons (approximately 29,000), more than 1,000 photos, and Google fonts support. You can also collaborate simultaneously on the same file thanks to its teamwork tools. Please note that some features such as the CMYK workspace will require a premium paid account.

    Gravit Designer vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Gravit Designer is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
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    It is a simple yet powerful vector editing program suitable for vector artists, web designers, publishers, logo designers, etc. It also features non-destructing boolean operations (better pathfinder), showcase mode, multiple strokes and fills, global palettes, and more, surprisingly without any clutter.

    Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago
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    rvanarsdale

    Entirely free. Easier to use than Inkscape, better with vectors than Krita, and available on more platforms than Sketch. It's a little slow and gummy when you've made a very complicated picture, but it's honestly the best possible alternative I've found. Thank you, and thanks to Gravit.

    Top positive comment  about 5 years ago
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    this is wonnderful webside

    Positive comment about 2 years ago
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    It's free, and also easy to use. Some advanced features are lacking, but the dev team is constantly adding new ones.

    Positive comment almost 4 years ago
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    Good components, easy and free.

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    transition from Illustrator is very easy

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    lindsayshaver33

    Intuitive, many of the same basic and intermediate functions as Adobe Illustrator. Icons/illustrations provided are great! Love the cloud storage capabilities too.

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  3. The biggest difference with Illustrator is that MyPaint works with bitmaps instead of vector graphics. It's open source software designed mainly to illustrate and draw with a digitizer tablet. It has a simple interface, where almost all the basic drawing functions are assigned to keyboard shortcuts, which improves workflow speed. In addition, you can hide the entire graphical interface and focus all attention on the drawing without being distracted by unnecessary or complex buttons or palettes. It's a good option if you are interested in digital illustration without too many overwhelming features.

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    Dmitrii_Kunicin

    the application is suitable for use by children, simple

    Positive comment about 1 year ago
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    Illustrator is a vector graphics tool, MyPaint is a raster graphics tool.

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    richcarrera

    It works with bitmap, Illustrator with vector graphics. it has more similarities with photoshop than with Illustrator.

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  4. Vectr is completely free and browser-based, offering a quick and easy way to get started with vector editing through an intuitive interface. Since it's browser based, each image has a custom URL that you can share with others to be reviewed and collaborate in real time with multiple people. You can export your finished work as an SVG, PNG, or JPEG file. Its features are much more simple than those offered by Illustrator, so it's really not recommended for very complex projects. However, it is an excellent choice if you are a beginner with vector editing software.

    Vectr vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
    Most users think Vectr is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
    ibuddy66

    Vectr has a great user interface and has lots of tools to fine tune designs. They have plenty of numerical value boxes to get better results with what you want and have an easy to learn interface. I have used it for quite a few projects. Great to make new icons with too! Love it!

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    Cannot open existing ai- and eps-files. Exporting is very limited.

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  5. Karbon

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • KDE Plasma Workspaces

    Karbon, component of Calligra Suite , is the scalable vector drawing application in KDE. It allows artists to create complex drawings without losing image quality when zooming in on, or resizing the drawing.

    Most users think Karbon is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.


  6. Raster & vector graphic editor with many tools and filters, written in Lazarus (Free Pascal). Portable, 32bit (under 3mb) & 64bit (3.55mb) versions, ORA format & 16384x16384 image support. In app 3D import & rendering.

  7. Boxy SVG

    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Windows

    Boxy SVG is a vector graphics editor simillar to Adobe Illustrator, Sketch and Inkscape. Made with and for the modern Web Platform. Can do illustrations, icons, banners, mockups, charts, buttons and more.

    Boxy SVG vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Boxy SVG is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.

    No import or export of ai and eps

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  8. Apache OpenOffice Draw

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Draw, part of the Apache OpenOffice suite, is a graphics editor that gives you the tools to communicate with visuals and diagrams. With a maximum page size of 300cm by 300cm, Draw is powerful tool for posters, graphs, charts, and more.

    Apache OpenOffice Draw vs Adobe Illustrator opinions
    Some users think Apache OpenOffice Draw is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator, some don't.

    More of a flowchart designer than a vector illustrator

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  9. sK1

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    sK1 is an open source cross-platform vector graphics editor like CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator, or Freehand. The major feature of sK1 is a professional precise printing and prepress ready PDF output.

    Most users think sK1 is a great alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
  10. KolourPaint is a simple painting program to quickly create raster images. It is useful as a touch-up tool and for simple image editing tasks.

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