GIMP is an insanely popular open source image editing tool for Linux. It’s a multi-platform supported software which supports various system like Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and so forth. Users can easily complete the job with this free software. it provides a set of advanced tools so that the scientists, photographers, and designers can accomplish the jobs smoothly. It improves the productivity as well. The artists have the freedom and flexibility to convert the images into totally new masterpieces. In this tutorial, I will be sharing the steps or methods of how to install this fine piece of software on Ubuntu Linux as this site deals with Ubuntu only. But obviously, we will see the important features at fast.

Important Features

As a powerful cross-platform image editor, it has lots of important features. Some of these features are listed below:

  • Creating unique artwork: it has eased the process to create unique artwork for the artists by providing the flexibility to adjust the images.
  • Customizable Interface: GIMP allows the users to modify and change the view that they like. You can change both the icon sizes and colors. Also, you can preview your any artwork with the fullscreen mode here. You can edit your artwork too.
  • Helpful for Graphic Design Elements: GIMP allows the designers to create icons and graphic design elements.
  • Flexibility for Programming: GIMP is flexible with various programming languages such as Python, Perl and Scheme and so forth. As GIMP is an excellent framework for adjusting a scripted image, it supports C++, C, and many more languages.
  • Photo Enhancement and Digital Retouching: GIMP can easily remove the imperfections of the digital photos. It is a powerful photo retouching tool which can erase the unnecessary details from the photos.

Features of GIMP v2.10

  • Nearly fully ported to GEGL, allowing high bit depth processing, multi-threaded and hardware accelerated pixel processing and more.
  • Color management is a core feature now, most widgets and preview areas are color-managed.
  • Many improved tools, and several new and exciting tools, such as the Warp transform, the Unified transform, and the Handle transform tools.
  • On-canvas preview for all filters ported to GEGL.
  • Improved digital painting with canvas rotation and flipping, symmetry MyPaint brush support…
  • Support for several new image formats added (OpenEXR, RGBE, WebP, HGT), as well as improved support for many existing formats (in particular more robust PSD importing).
  • Metadata viewing and editing for Exif, XMP, IPTC, and DICOM.
  • Basic HiDPI support: automatic or user-selected icon size.
  • New themes for GIMP (Light, Gray, Dark, and System) and new symbolic icons meant to somewhat dim the environment and shift the focus towards content.

See full Release Notes

How to Install GIMP on Ubuntu

  • Method 1 – via PPA in Ubuntu-based Linux distros:

There is an unofficial PPA which you can use to install latest GIMP on Ubuntu and Ubuntu-based Linux distros but remember that this PPA is only tested on 17.10 and 18.04. So it may not work well on 16.10 and older version. Moreover, remove other old versions of GIMP before installing v2.10. Now run the following command one by one:

Adding PPA for Installing GIMP

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
sudo apt update
sudo apt install gimp

Note that apt update command may not be required if the system refreshes the software repository cache automatically after adding the PPA.

  • Method 2 – Installing with Flatpak:

Before going to install GIMP, you need to enable the support of Flatpak on your system. Run the following command:

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

Now it’s time to install GIMP.

flatpak install

Run the below command, if you don’t find this app icon on the menu:

flatpak run org.gimp.GIMP
  • Method 3 – Install from Source Code:

You can always install it from the official source code. Just download the source code from below link:

Download Source Code

  • Method 4 – Install as Snap
sudo snap install --edge gimp

How to Remove

If you don’t like or want to just remove this software, run the below command:

sudo apt-get autoremove gimp gimp-plugin-registry

Or you can also revert back to earlier version of GIMP 2.8.22 if not uninstalled from the system. Run the following command:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

GIMP is considered as the best Adobe Photoshop Alternative. It’s the most popular image editing software in Linux. You can improve your productivity with the high-quality tools with GIMP. There are so many customization options here and you can easily complete your task with help of that. If you are a designer or a photographer, GIMP is here to help you with all the necessary tools that you need to create unique images. The best part is that you can use this software on any operating system and it’s completely free.

Note: The features mentioned here are not all-inclusive. The features mentioned are compiled either from their respective official websites or from my personal experience using them.  

Never Miss Any Linux Ubuntu Tutorials and Tips!

Join Our Growing Community of Ubuntu Linux Lovers and Get Tutorials, Guides, and Tips in Your Inbox Directly

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here