Is there a way to copy live path effects from one object to another in Inkscape?

Inkscape has a feature called “Live Path Effects” (PATH > PATH EFFECTS). This allows you to apply a style to a path and have said style update live a you update the path.

It’s nice, but has one limitation for me in that you have to apply it individually to each object one-by-one. This can be tedious.

Is there a way to copy a path effect and it’s settings from one element to another?


As of Inkscape 0.91, yes you can copy and paste path effects.

  1. Apply whatever path effects you want to one path.
  2. Copy that path Ctrl+C.
  3. Select the path(s) to which you want to apply the copied path’s effects.
  4. Click Path > Paste Path Effect Ctrl+7.

This will preserve any settings you have on the path effects as well.

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