The project started in early 2004 by Inkscape developers Jon Phillips and Bryce Harrington to collect designs of flags from all around the world, having been inspired by the efforts to create a collection of flags created by users of vector graphics software Sodipodi. It progressed very well and the project goals were extended to generic clipart.
The release of Openclipart 2.0 introduced a change from the old ccHost software to the new AGPL-based Aiki Framework, a content management system made for Openclipart 2.0 that would allow anyone to edit the Web site easily. This release culminated the work of Jon Phillips, Andy Fitzsimon, Bassel Safadi, Michi, Ronaldo Barbachano, and Brad Philips who assisted in the launch of the new system, which received over 5,000 unique visitors and 50,000 page views daily.
The 3.0 release incorporated a "favoriting" feature, which allows members to make note of their favorite clip art, and an image-editing option that makes the remixing of images significantly easier.
On April 15, 2013, Openclipart launched a new logo and updated website design using a "scissors" logo.
As of 2013 the Openclipart displays the works of over 3,000 artists who have contributed over 40,000 SVG graphics. The entire collection is available for free to download. All images are dedicated to the public domain by their contributors and are stored in Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format, often with thumbnails in Portable Network Graphics (PNG) format.
Packages & Apps 
- Openclipart for Android 
- iOS Clipart, iOS PosterMaker
- Clipart plugin  for WordPress
- LibreOffice extension 
- The vector graphics editor Inkscape can import vector graphics online from Openclipart to your current workspace. (Note that for Inkscape on Windows you need the latest build (>=0.49)
- Clipart plugin  for Moodle
- Linux distributions
Some Linux distributions, including Mandriva and Ubuntu, include many of the Openclipart collection releases, packaged as SVG, PNG or OpenDocument format files. These distributions are based on the 2005 pre-ccHost release, since regular releases stopped after the switch to ccHost software. Openclipart 0.19, the first version released after switch, was released in March 2009. With the recent release of version 2.0 and updated packages, distributions have bugs filed in their respective bug trackers to begin packaging Openclipart once more.
See also 
- Jonathan Phillips. 2005. Introduction to the open clip art.
- Openclipart 2.0 Launch
- Openclipart for Android
- Clipart plugin
- LibreOffice Openclipart.org integration
- Inkscape latest build with Import OCAL support
- Moodle plugin that allows the user to search and import clipart
- Ubuntu openclipart Packages
- Linux Format Issue 123
- Linux Format Issue 132
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- www.openclipart.org — Openclipart site