How to Install GIMP on Ubuntu Linux

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This post shows students and new users steps to install GIMP on Ubuntu Linux. GIMP is a free, open source cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, macOS, Windows and other operating systems.

GIMP is an alternative to Adobe Photoshop and similar software that allows you to perform the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation techniques. Whether you’re editing a photo or creating complex image manipulation like layering and more, GIMP can help you create the best experience.

There are many ways to install GIMP on Ubuntu, the we’ll show you the steps below to get that done on Ubuntu Linux.

Also, for students and new users learning Linux, the easiest place to start learning is on Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu is the modern, open source Linux operating system for desktop, servers and other devices.

To get started with installing GIMP on Ubuntu Linux, follow the steps below.

How to install GIMP on Ubuntu from Ubuntu Software Center

As mentioned above, there are numeral ways to install GIMP on Ubuntu. One way is go use Ubuntu Software Center to install GIMP.

From your Ubuntu desktop, click on Ubuntu Software icon on the Activities Dash on the left.

ubuntu activities dash

When Ubuntu Software opens, search for GIMP and select it.

ubuntu software center search gimp

On the GIMP software detail pane, click the Install button to install it.

gimp install button from ubuntu software

How to install GIMP on Ubuntu Linux using Flatpak

Yet another way to install GIMP is using Flatpak. Flatpak is a package management platform that allows users to install packages in a sandboxed environment. It’s popular with other Linux distributions.

To install GIMP using Flatpak, first install Flatpak package management software. You can do that by adding the PPA below.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexlarsson/flatpak
sudo apt update
sudo apt install flatpak

Next, add the Flathub repository and verify it by running the commands below.

sudo flatpak remote-add flathub https://dl.flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
sudo flatpak remotes

Once Flathub repository is added and verified, run the commands below to search for GIMP on the repository.

sudo flatpak search gimp

It should return list of GIMP packages and module. Take note of the GIPM package to install.

GNU Image Manip… Create images and edit photographs                                     org.gimp.GIMP            2.10.28 stable flathub
GIMP User Manual GIMP User Manual                                                       org.gimp.GIMP.Manual     2.10    2.10   flathub
Resynthesizer    Set of GIMP plug-ins that heal (in-paint), synthesize texture, theme … …MP.Plugin.Resynthesizer 2.0.3   2-40   flathub
Resynthesizer    Set of GIMP plug-ins that heal (in-paint), synthesize texture, theme … …MP.Plugin.Resynthesizer 2.0.3   2-3.36 flathub
GimpLensfun      GimpLensfun is a Gimp plugin to correct lens distortion using the len… …imp.GIMP.Plugin.Lensfun 0.2.4   2-40   flathub
GimpLensfun      GimpLensfun is a Gimp plugin to correct lens distortion using the len… …imp.GIMP.Plugin.Lensfun 0.2.4   2-3.36 flathub

Then run the commands below to install GIMP.

sudo flatpak  install flathub org.gimp.GIMP

How to install GIMP on Ubuntu Linux using Snap

One can use Snap to install GIMP as well. Snaps are containerized software packages that are simple to create and install. Snap applications are packaged with all their dependencies to run on all popular Linux distributions from a single build which allow them to update automatically and roll back gracefully.

To install GIMP from Snap package management, run the commands below.

sudo snap install gimp

How to install GIMP on Ubuntu Linux from PPA repository

Yet another way to install GIMP on Ubuntu is from a personal third party PPA repository. First, you’ll need to add the repository to Ubuntu before you can install GIMP.

Run the commands below to add the repository.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/gimp

Next, run the commands below to update Ubuntu package index and install GIMP.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install gimp gmic

How to remove GIMP on Ubuntu Linux

If you install GIMP and want to remove it, run the commands below.

sudo apt purge gimp
sudo apt clean

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to install GIMP image editor on Ubuntu Linux. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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