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Scribus AppImages are scribus 1.5svn daily build and packaged archives by Travis CE, runnable on most or all linux OS.

Links to the latest version can be found on

Download, make executable, run...

Depending on what is already installed on your computer, the Appimage will run fine, or it won't at all.

In case it doesnt run, here are 2 fixes that might, or might not, work for you.

  1. Fix by Török

Török shares how to improve this :

I have three different Linux distributions installed on my desktop computer. Basically I use PCLinuxOS KDE, but I also installed Open SUSE and now Kubuntu. When I used to try scribus 1.5.0 (if I remember well) appimag, it worked fine. Then, after some updates it did not start, that is why I installed Open SUSE and Kubuntu, as they were told to run scribus 1.5.x smoothly. With the help of Google and after practicing with scribus.appinage, finally I worked out a method to run 1.5.2 and 1.5.3 versions from any distribution I use:

1. I made a Scribus folder in my home directory, where besides the appimage file I also made an executable file with the following content:


cd ~/Scribus

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib64/ ./Scribus-1.5.3.svn.21360-x86_64.AppImage # here is the actual appimage filename I use

2. Even though I have a start entry in the main menu, I have to start scribus with the above executable. If not, and I run it from the start menu, or by double clicking on an .sla file, the programme freezes down, when trying to do any file operation - opening, or saving. (It seems it has problems with permissions because everything is fine when i run scribus as root).

  1. Fix by probono

The "Nightly" Scribus AppImages on do not run because the Python modules are not bundled (but should be):

me@host:~$ /home/me/Downloads/Scribus-git44e637c-glibc2.14.glibc2.14-x86_64.AppImage

ImportError: No module named site

This can be fixed by running, in the AppDir:

( cd usr/lib ; cp -r /usr/lib/python2.7 . )

Now it launches for me, without the error:


While we are at it, we could update to making a type 2 (squashfs based) AppImage using appimagetool.

Also, Scribus and the embedded Python have hardcoded /usr which we patch away:

cd usr/ ; find . -type f -exec sed -i -e 's|/usr|././|g' {} \; ; cd ..

Tcl/Tk, Tkinter (for Calendar script):

ldd /usr/li*/python2.*/lib-dynload/ | grep "=>" | awk

'{print $3}' | xargs -I '{}' cp -v '{}' ./usr/lib || true

cp -r /usr/li*/tcl8.5 /usr/li*/tk8.5 usr/lib/

cp -r /usr/share/tcl* /usr/share/tk* usr/share/

Check how the appimage is created : but keep in mind that was made for CentOS 6.

See also flatpak runnable scribus.