Whenever I save my Inkscape drawing as .png (save as -> cairopng), even if there is nothing behind my drawing, it saves it with a background, like this:

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How can I save with a transparent background?


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Just using save as -> png does not apply the transparent background. However, the transparent background is the default when you export:

File -> Export Bitmap -> Export

Make sure to set the file extention to .png. I chose it to only export the page so it doesn't include any of the rubbish off to the side that I don't want included in my file. Drawing exports everything in the file.

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If you want the background colour to be anything different, you can open the Document Properties dialog, and click the Background colour selector:

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And when you have exported you will have your image with the background:


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