Install GIMP on Ubuntu

This post introduces how to install GIMP on Ubuntu.

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a freely distributed software for manipulating images. We can easily optimize the image, convert their type using GIMP. It provides the power and flexibility to designers to transform images into truly unique creations. GIMP is the cross platforms application and available for Linux, Windows, MAC OS, and FreeBSD etc.

For Ubuntu, you can get it for free using your Software Center. Open the Software Center, search for “gimp”, and then install the “GIMP Image Editor”. But below we provide how to install and uninstall GIMP from command line.

Install GIMP

For Ubuntu, you can use the following command to install GIMP on Ubuntu

You are required to add an external apt repository in your system to install Gimp on Ubuntu system. After adding the repository, install Gimp using the following set of commands. It will install or upgrade the latest packages of Gimp on your Ubuntu Linux system.

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

Launch GIMP Application

You can search Gimp using GNOME search box and launch it.

Alternatively, (on Ubuntu and RedHat) you can also launch gimp application using the command line as follows:

$ gimp &

Uninstall GIMP

If you no longer need of Gimp and want to remove from your system, Use the following command to remove all Gimp application and associated data from your system.

$ sudo apt-get autoremove gimp gimp-plugin-registry

Revert to GIMP stable release

Since GIMP 2.9 is unstable development release, there might be bugs and stability issues. You can easily revert to the stable GIMP 2.8.16, the stock version in Ubuntu 16.04 by running the commands below in terminal:

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



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