Select or delete multiple layers at once – Inkscape

The title is pretty much self-explanatory.

How do you select and or delete multiple layers at once in Inkscape?

I’ve tried holding CTRL and SHIFT while selecting layers, but to no avail. For some reason my Google Search is only yielding results for Gimp, Illustrator, Photoshop–basically everything but Inkscape. I’ve tried looking on YT–same story. :/


You’re right, this can’t be done with the GUI however if your desire is high enough you can easily (and quickly) open up the SVG file in a text editor and delete the layer nodes manually.

I’d save the file as plain SVG rather than the Inkscape flavour and you’ll see that layers are actually group elements <g> with the layer name as an id. You’ll be deleting from the start of the <g> tag up to and including the closing </g>. In doing so you will delete any content on that layer. Empty layers won’t have the closing </g>.

You can ruin your file doing this so I’d recommend some source control of your choosing before you start.

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