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How to get GIMP 2.8.x (Linux)

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Does GIMP come with Linux distributions?

As GIMP is open-source software, it’s shipped with all major linux distributions, for instance:

  • Debian/GNU
  • Fedora Core
  • OpenSUSE
  • Ubuntu, Kubuntu

Most of them come with GIMP 2.8 already.

Of course it’s always possible to compile GIMP 2.8/2.9 yourself or get it from third-party package sources (if available).

How to install GIMP on Linux

Use your distributions package management tool (it may be called Software Center, YaST, etc.) to install GIMP, if it is not installed already.

Compile GIMP yourself

If there’s no package available for your preferred version, you can always compile GIMP yourself as the source code is available.


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about 1 year ago

I have used Gimp 2.8 something for years.
Now Fedora has this bleeding edge version that's horrible!!
The tools work different.
The background is black and I can not make out the tools.
To me the whole thing is a mess!
Dislike it immensely.
I used preferences so now it looks all right.
But the tools are terrible,

over 4 years ago

The ppa's are separate

For 2.8.18

and for 2.9 dev packages.

Steve Wright
over 4 years ago

Are you aware that the 'default' Linux repository for GIMP (ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp) is making GIMP 2.9, and ONLY GIMP 2.9, available to users on Debian (and likely Red-Hat too) distributions? is there another way, besides compiling from source, that one can get a correct (by that I mean with libraries that re the right version and not overwritten when one installs the application) installation of the stable GIMP 2.8 instead if a GIMP 2.9 that, in my case, fades silently out after I close the last image window I have open?

Are the GIMP users who weren't savvy enough to back up their GIMP 2.8 libraries to wait for the -- hopefully stable -- GIMP 2.8.10 before using an "off-the-rack" GIMP again? I hope not.

Steve Wright

almost 8 years ago


about 9 years ago


gimp fan
over 9 years ago

how about some binarys

about 10 years ago