ipe is available as an AppImage which means "one app = one file", which you can download and run on your Linux system while you don't need a package manager and nothing gets changed in your system. Awesome!
Running ipe on Linux without installationUnlike other applications, AppImages do not need to be installed before they can be used. However, they need to be marked as executable before they can be run. This is a Linux security feature.
Download the ipe AppImage and make it executable using your file manager or by entering the following commands in a terminal:
chmod +x ./*.AppImage
Then double-click the AppImage in the file manager to open it.
If you want to restrict what ipe can do on your system, you can run the AppImage in a sandbox like Firejail. This is entirely optional and currently needs to be configured by the user.
If you would like to update to a new version, simply download the new ipe AppImage.
Integrating AppImages into the system
If you would like to have the executable bit set automatically, and would like to see ipe and other AppImages integrated into the system (menus, icons, file type associations, etc.), then you may want to check the optional appimaged daemon.
Note for application authors
Thanks for distributing ipe in the AppImage format for all common Linux distributions. Great! Here are some ideas how to make it even better.
Pro Tips for further enhancing the ipe AppImage
Please consider to add update information to the ipe AppImage and ship a
.zsync file so that it can be updated using AppImageUpdate. Tools like appimagetool and linuxdeployqt can do this for you easily.
The screenshot for ipe has been automatically taken during a fully automated test. You can specify the URL to a nicer one by shipping an AppStream metainfo file.