How to install latest GIMP in Linux

There are many alternatives open-source softwares available in respect to closed softwares. In area of image editing, Adobe's photoshop software is most popular application. But it is not available in Linux and many less popular operating systems.

There are many alternative image editing softwares available. GIMP(GNU Image Manipulation Program) is the most popular alternative image editing software available for multiple operating system.

GIMP is the cross-platform image editor and open-source software available for Linux, OS X, Windows and many more operating systems. It is open-source software so, you are to change its source code and distribute your changes. GIMP is the powerful image editor software that provides sophisticated tools and customization. GIMP also supports 3rd party plugins.

Installing GIMP in linux is very easy. There are many ways you can install GIMP in your Linux operating system. Let's check some of easy ways to install GIMP in Linux.

Software center

In modern Linux most of desktop environment comes with Software center installed like Ubuntu has Ubuntu Software. This is the simple and easy method to install any software without using any command.

If your desktop environment has software center, open it and search for GIMP. You will get GIMP software in search result.

Go to install page and click on Install button. This will start GIMP installing. It may ask to input the password.

Official website

The second other option is to download the installer source code from the official website and install. To download the source code, go to official website  and download any source code installer file.

Now open the Terminal and extract the source code.

tar -xjvf gimp-2.10.0-RC1.tar.bz2

Go to source code directory

cd gimp-2.10.0-RC1.tar.bz2

Once you’re in the extracted directory, run the `configure' script.


build GIMP code

sudo make

And install the GIMP.

sudo make install

Note: In case ./configure command failed, please check command output error or INSTALL file in the root of source code to fix the error. Otherwise you have to use different method to install.

Debian's PPA method

If you have debian based Linux distribution system, you can install GIMP with adding PPA. To install with PPA command, open the Terminal and run the commands one by one.

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

This is also simple method as you don't have to compile or download code.

Install from Snap Package

If you have Snap installed in your system, then you can also install GIMP with simple one line Snap commnad:

sudo snap install gimp

This command will install latest version of GIMP.

We have included enough ways to install GIMP. So what are you waiting for. Install and try it. Thank you for reading this article. If you liked this article, please share it with others.