Best image editor softwares for Linux

In recent times, Linux has become more rich in terms of softwares availability. Today, there are so many alternative software avaialable compared to Windows like LibreOffice. Also, many software developers are making softwares for Windows as well as Linux.

If you are new to Linux or have recently migrated to Linux from Windows, then you might be confused with some of your basic required softwares. Also you are looking for alternative Image editor softwares than Windows operating system as Photoshop is not available for Linux.

So here is the some of the best Image editing softwares from my point of view.


GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation Program is the most popular and open-source photo editor software for Linux as well as Windows and MacOS. GIMP is the advance image editor software to make professional level editing. GIMP is the highly customizble and You can also use third party plugin and can enhance the power of GIMP. You can download GIMP directly from Official Website or Ubuntu Software Center or from the Terminal bu running bellow command.

sudo apt-get install gimp

2. Pinta

Pinta is simple and fast drawing open-source bitmap image editor for Linux, Windows, Mac and BDS operating systems. It has simple drawing tools, editing and manipulating images compared to other open-source editor GIMP. It is much like Paint application of the Linux. Download Pinta from official Pinta download page or Ubuntu Software Center. You can also install Pinta from Terminal with 3rd party repository with bellow command.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pinta-maintainers/pinta-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pinta

3. Inkscape

Inkscape is also open-source and professional quality vector graphics editor runs on Linux, MacOS and Windows computers. Inkscape is useful in creating and editing vector graphics like diagrams, charts, logos etc. You can download and install Inkscape from official website or Ubuntu Software Center or from the Terminal with bellow commands.

sudo add-apt-repository
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install inkscape

4. Darktable

Darktable is open-source and raw image editor application available for Linux, Windows, MacOS, and FreeBDS etc. Darktable creates virtual lighttable and darkroom for raw images which manage their digital negatives in a database. You can download Darktable from officel website or directly from the Terminal with bellow command.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmjdebruijn/darktable-release
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install darktable

5. RawTherapee

RawTherapee is a raw photo processing system, processing photographs. RawTherapee is the image editing softwares specifically aimed at non-destructive post-production of raw photos. RawTherapee is written mostly in C++ using a GTK+ front-end. The RawTherapee is useful for enthusiast newcomers who wish to broaden their understanding of how digital imaging works to semi-professional photographers. Download and install RawTherapee from officel website or directly from the Terminal with bellow command.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dhor/myway
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt install rawthreapee

6. Krita

Krita is simple and powerful open-source image editor software available for Linux, Windows and MacOS. Krita is designed primarily for digital painting and animation purposes. You can download Krita directly from Official Website or Ubuntu Software Center or from the Terminal bu running bellow command.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kritalime/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo apt install krita

Other options

If you don't like any of Linux Image editor or you don't want to change software that you have used in Windows and also you wants to stick with Linux operating system, then you can try Wine.

Wine is popular Linux software that lets you to run many Windows application on Linux including high end games, Adobe Photoshop or Adobe After Effects. You can download Wine from the official Wine download page. We will discuss more about Wine in next article.


We have only included some of the most popular and best image editor softwares. There are so many other softwares also available which are more powerful also. If you have used that, please share it in the bellow comment section. Thank you for reading the article.