In Inkscape 1.0beta1 (32d4812, 2019-09-19) for macOS, the center of rotation can only (afaik) be set by dragging the crosshair.

I'd like to know how to manually input a specific location (coordinates) for the center of rotation to ensure that rotated objects end up in their intended location.

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This is what I would do, snapping the rotation center to a guide's origin:

rotate around specific coordinate in Inkscape


In a bit of testing and research, I found a reference that may be of value.

The suggestion is:

That's something you can already do thanks to the XML editor. The rotation center attributes are inkscape:transform-center-x and inkscape:transform-center-y.

It's relatively easy to make this work. I tried it out without complication.

  • Ah, didn't know about those parameters. Still a pain if you're rotating multiple objects at once that aren't a group, but at least they can be precisely set.
    – Andrew Fan
    Dec 25, 2019 at 1:59
  • @AndrewFan You could always request it as a feature, perhaps as an option in the Tranform panel.
    – Billy Kerr
    Dec 25, 2019 at 10:49

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