How to Join Nodes in Inkscape

In this quick guide I will demonstrate how to join selected nodes together. This will work only for open paths segments. So if you have a object or a path that has been completed or closed off you will not be able to join nodes.

How to Connect Two Nodes

  1. Select the nodes you want to join together with the Edit Nodes by Path tool( N ). Click and drag over the nodes to make sure that both are selected. If you have two separate paths make sure you have both paths selected. ( Ctrl + Click ) on the second one.
  2. In the top menu, right below the Layer tab you will find the “Join selected nodes” button. Hover over it to ensure your in the correct place. Click the button.
  3. If you are not happy with the new connected node, hit ( Ctrl Z ) to undo.

You can now move or edit the single node as you wish.

Things to Consider When Merging Nodes

Below are some things to keep in mind when your trying to merge nodes together.

Distance between the nodes does not matter. The new single joined node will be place in the center of the two selected nodes.

You can only join end nodes, the nodes at the end of each path. If you try to combine nodes that are placed anywhere else within your path the operation will not work.

Also, you can only connect two nodes at a time. If you select more then two only the first two will be joined together. They can be from separate paths.

You can join multiple sets of paths together at once. Inkscape will automatically recognize which nodes are close to each other. This is very handy if you have been drawing a complicated object and found that the paths weren’t actually connected.


That’s it! Hopefully you have now learned how to combine nodes in Inkscape. It’s an easy process once you get the hang of it. I always recommend experimenting to really understand how different tools work in Inkscape.

Please comment below to let me know if you have any questions or suggestions on other topics you would like covered.

Thank you for reading!

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