I have a long SVG path that I want to split/ break-apart. both options fills white gaps between nodes unnecessarily. please I want to keep white spaces as is before and after splitting the path.

I am using Inkscape

I used both Path > Split Path & Path > Break-apart, but they insert black nodes at white gaps as in the figure. I do not want them.

enter image description here

  • @s.ouchene Oh, sorry. Your comment wasn't there yet when I started writing my answer.
    – Xrott
    Aug 26, 2023 at 14:13

1 Answer 1


The 'Break Apart' operation also separates sub-paths that define holes in shapes, effectively filling them in.

The 'Path → Split Path' operation added in more recent versions of Inkscape (1.2+) does the same as 'Break Apart' but preserves holes in paths.

Demo from the official release notes:

Break Apart vs Split Path animation

If you already have paths broken apart and for some reason can't undo the operation, then select both the outer shape and the holes and use 'Path → Combine' to re-add the holes to the shapes.

  • I'll update my inkscape now, and give it another try
    – MdRaafat
    Aug 26, 2023 at 14:09
  • Issue solved by Updating to Inkscape 1.3.0
    – MdRaafat
    Aug 26, 2023 at 14:16
  • @Xrott - what a useful new feature!!
    – Billy Kerr
    Aug 27, 2023 at 10:26

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.