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Section C.4. Shell Mode

C.4. Shell Mode

In order to save the load time (even without a GUI, Inkscape still takes some time to start), you can perform multiple command-line tasks using one instance of the program running in the shell mode. For example, this can be used on a server where PNG export requests come from the users and are routed to a shell-mode Inkscape instance for a quick response.

To enter the shell mode, run Inkscape with a single parameter, --shell. You will get a prompt where you can type your commands. There's no special syntax for the shell mode commands; each command is simply a valid command-line invocation of Inkscape, but without the Inkscape program name. For example, if you do:


  

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