It is recommended to use Homebrew to install the dependencies for Boxes.py. See brew.sh on how to install Homebrew.
Install Python 3 and other dependencies:
brew install python3 git
brew install pstoedit
brew install pkg-config
Install required Python modules:
pip3 install Markdown affine shapely
Download Boxes.py via Git:
git clone https://github.com/florianfesti/boxes.git
Local web server on port 8000:
Command line variant (CLI):
System-wide with Inkscape extension¶
To install Boxes.py system-wide with the Inkscape extension, following steps are required:
Install Inkscape with Homebrew Cask (requires XQuartz):
brew install inkscape
From the root directory of the repository, run:
boxesservercan be executed like other commands and the Inkscape extension should be available.
When using the Inkscape extension something like the following error might occur:
Traceback (most recent call last): File "/Users/martin/.config/inkscape/extensions/boxes", line 107, in <module> main() File "/Users/martin/.config/inkscape/extensions/boxes", line 47, in main run_generator(name, sys.argv[2:]) File "/Users/martin/.config/inkscape/extensions/boxes", line 73, in run_generator box.close() File "/usr/local/lib/python3.7/site-packages/boxes-0.1-py3.7.egg/boxes/__init__.py", line 594, in close svgutil.svgMerge(self.output, self.inkscapefile, out) File "/usr/local/lib/python3.7/site-packages/boxes-0.1-py3.7.egg/boxes/svgutil.py", line 144, in svgMerge from lxml import etree as et ImportError: dlopen(/Applications/Inkscape.app/Contents/Resources/lib/python2.7/site-packages/lxml/etree.so, 2): Symbol not found: _PyBaseString_Type Referenced from: /Applications/Inkscape.app/Contents/Resources/lib/python2.7/site-packages/lxml/etree.so Expected in: flat namespace
This is because Inkscape on macOS ships its own version of Python 2.7 where
lxml and other dependencies are missing.
A workaround is to edit the file at
At line 79 there should be following code:
which needs to be changed to
This forces Inkscape to use the Python version installed by Homebrew which has all the necessary dependencies installed.
Note: This might break other extensions. In this case simply change the line back and restart Inkscape.