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Screenshot of Xfig with example drawings
Initial release 1985 (1985)[1]
Stable release 3.2.5c / August 29, 2013 (2013-08-29)[2]
Development status Dormant
Written in C and Xlib
Operating system Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, FreeBSD, Solaris
Available in English and Japanese
Type Vector graphics editor
License Free and open source MIT-like License
Website .org.xfigwww

Xfig is a free and open source vector graphics editor which runs under the X Window System on most UNIX-compatible platforms.

In Xfig, figures may be drawn using objects such as circles, boxes, lines, spline curves, text, etc. It is also possible to import images in formats such as GIF, JPEG, EPS, PostScript, etc. Those objects can be created, deleted, moved or modified. Attributes such as colors or line styles can be selected in various ways. For text, 35 fonts are available.

Xfig saves figures in its native text-only "Fig" format. Xfig has a facility to print figures to a PostScript printer too. A convenient feature is the PSTEX or PDFTEX export format that allows a smooth integration of Xfig-generated images into LaTeX documents.

Most operations in Xfig are performed using the mouse, but some operations may also be performed using keyboard accelerators (shortcuts). The interface is designed for a three-button mouse, although it is also possible to use a two button or a one button mouse with appropriate emulation, for example on a Macintosh under OS X.


  • History 1
  • Imports 2
  • Exports 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Xfig was written by Supoj Sutanthavibul in 1985. Ken Yap ported xfig to X11. In 1989, Brian V. Smith added many features. In 1991, Paul King added many features including overhauling the GUI for version 2.0. In 1997, Tom Sato added Japanese text support, spell checker, and search/replace.[1]


Xfig can import various files as images:[3]


Xfig can export into various formats:[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Credits". Xfig Users Manual version 3.2.5b. 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Updated Xfig and Transfig Software". 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  3. ^ "Drawing Objects". Xfig Users Manual version 3.2.5b. 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
  4. ^ "Printing and Exporting". Xfig Users Manual version 3.2.5b. 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2011-02-03. 

External links

  • XFig Version 3.2.5 User Manual
  • Xfig homepage
  • Native Fig file format
  • WinFIG, an Xfig clone for Windows (shareware with demo version)
  • Applications producing Fig format output files at the Wayback Machine (archived September 26, 2006)

Copied from the Xfig home page with formatting changes. For additional details, check the xfig documentation or home page at

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