In Inkscape, is there a way to automatically calculate the space / area a shape occupies? I am representing data in complex shapes and I need a way to scale them accordingly.

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To automatically obtain the area of a shape in pixel, cm and so on simply select the shape, go to Extensions > Visualise Path > Measure Path ... and select the desired output. It does not work for objects though (for example rectangles drawn with the Create rectangles and squares tool). Convert them to paths before (Path > Object to Path).

  • The indications are all good, but nothing happens either with Length, Area, or Center of Mass. I have Inkscape 0.91.
    – emonigma
    Nov 3, 2018 at 17:43
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    It works for me on Inkscape 0.92.3. However, it does not appear to support anything other than regular paths. For example, I was not able to get results for an entire group, but it worked for individual paths once I ungrouped them.
    – cxw
    Apr 3, 2019 at 11:56
  • Just great. Thank a lot +1. I was calculating rooms surfaces in an office plane and that made the task a piece of cake. Jan 31, 2022 at 18:44
  • Yes, Works like wonder in Inkscape 0.92 ! Had to install python-lxml and python-numpy as prerequisites for the area-finder to calculate... but that helped us four friends divide six plots of land in ratios of 21:21:37:69 like a magic wand ! Wish the Egyptians and Romans had something like this too !!!
    – Partha D.
    Sep 16, 2022 at 18:46

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