Inkscape Recovery: How to Recover Lost/Unsaved Inkscape Files

This is a complete guide for Inkscape crash recovery in Windows & Mac OS X. One, find Inkscape autosave location so you can recover lost Inkscape work closed without saving; or download an Inkscape recovery software to recover lost Inkscape files due to crash or other disasters.

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How to Recover Lost/Unsaved Inkscape Files

This post shows you the practical ways to recover unsaved and deleted Inkscape files. Look down for details.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Recover unsaved Inkscape file You can rescue the unsaved files from the Autosave backup file if the Inkscape Autosave feature is activated. Go to "Edit" > "Preferences" > "Input/Output" > "Autosave"....Full steps
Fix 2. Recover deleted Inkscape file If you have lost some saved Inkscape files by accidental deletion, or other reasons, you can resort to a professional file recovery tool...Full steps

"Last night, I was in the middle of drawing a picture, and Inkscape crashed all of a sudden, only giving me three options: search for a solution to the crash and close Inkscape, close Inkscape and determine the solution. I chose the third one, and Inkscape closed with my word unsaved. After I resumed the program, my previous work did not show up. My work has closed without saving because Inkscape crashed! Is it possible to recover unsaved Inscape files after the crash?"

Being a professionally qualified vector graphics editor software, Inkscape allows users to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and more, and most of which are large. For this reason, Inkscape crashes a lot with dire horrible consequences that users will lose the Inkscape file unsaved. If you are looking for a way for Inkscape crash recovery, follow the guides in Part 1. If you need to recover the deleted Inkscape file, you can use the data recovery software in Part 2.

Part 1. How to Recover Unsaved Inkscape File

Since Inkscape 0.48, you can easily rescue the unsaved files from the Autosave backup file if the Inkscape Autosave feature is activated. If you're editing a file while the software shuts down unexpectedly, Inkscape will attempt to save the document when it crashes.

To check if the Autosave is in use, go to "Edit" > "Preferences" > "Input/Output" > "Autosave".

If Inkscape saves documents successfully, the automatic backup location is C:\Documents and Settings

The documents are called: "New document 1.2019_03_03_12_34_29.0.svg"

1. On Unix (Linux, Mac OS X, *BSD, etc.), Inkscape Autosave location is:

  • Your home directory as filename..#
  • /tmp/filename..#
  • The current directory as filename..#

2. On Windows, Inkscape tries to save in %UserProfile%:

  • XP/2003: C:\Documents and Settings\
  • Vista/7: C:\Users\
Notice:
Not every time you can use the Autosave for Inkscape crash recovery. To avoid unexpected data loss, you can do the following operations when using Inkscape.
1. Update Inkscape to the latest version.
2. Turn on the Autosave feature with a short interval and safe location for saving files.
3. Get into the habit of keeping files manually at all times.

Part 2. How to Recover Deleted/Lost Inkscape File

If you have lost some saved Inkscape files by accidental deletion, hard drive formatting, virus attack, or other reasons, you can't resort to the Autosave function anymore but ask for help from a professional file recovery tool.

EaseUS data recovery software is a professional data recovery program that supports hundreds of file formats of files, including Inkscape, and Illustrator. In the same way to recover lost Illustrator file after a crash, you can recover deleted or lost Inkscape files after the crash without effort.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Office file recovery software on your computer. Choose the exact location where you lost the Office files and click the Scan button.

select the office file location

Step 2. The software will immediately start scanning the drive and very soon the deleted files will show up. When the process is over, you can filter the Office files by clicking "Filter" > "Documents".

scan lost office files

Step 3. Select the Office files (e.g. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and click the Recover button. You can browse for a different location to save the recovered files.

select office files and recover

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