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Quick notes on compiling GIMP 2.6.0 for Ubuntu 8.04

By at 2008-10-07 02:16:31 UTC, last updated over 14 years ago. CC BY-NC License

GIMP 2.6.0 has been released and you are curious what’s new? You can compile it yourself and try it out.

Basic procedure:

1) Install the necessary packages to compile programs. Make sure gcc, g++, ruby (for the docs), and the development versions of some basic libraries are installed. If one of the “configure” processes below fails because it needs a certain library, install it. For instance, if configure tells you “Can’t find xxx”, install “libxxx-dev”.

After each of the following "configure"s, you will see which libraries will be used when compiling and which will be not. Example:

Windows ICO yes
WMF: no (libwmf not found)
XJT: yes

So if you need WMF (Windows Metafile) support, you would have to install libwmf-dev.

For my version of GIMP, I have installed these libraries, maybe you want them too: graphviz-dev libaa1-dev libexif-dev libgnomeui-dev libgtk2.0-dev liblcms1-dev libpoppler-dev librsvg2-dev libtiff-dev libwebkitgtk-dev libxpm-dev python-gtk2-dev

2) Download the tarballs from the respective file servers (take the most recent version):
babl from
GEGL from
GIMP from

3) Extract babl, then do:
./configure —prefix=/opt/gimp-2.6
sudo make install

4) Make binaries, includes, libraries in /opt/gimp-2.6 available for use:
export PATH=/opt/gimp-2.6/bin:$PATH
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/gimp-2.6/lib
export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/opt/gimp-2.6/lib/pkgconfig

5) Extract GEGL, then do:
./configure —prefix=/opt/gimp-2.6
sudo make install

6) Extract GIMP, then do:
./configure —prefix=/opt/gimp-2.6
sudo make install

7) Enjoy with “/opt/gimp-2.6/bin/gimp-2.6”


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over 11 years ago

tools/libapptools.a(gimpgegltool.o): In function `gimp_param_spec_duplicate':
/home/usuario/Downloads/gimp-2.6.0/app/tools/gimpgegltool.c:408: undefined reference to `GEGL_IS_PARAM_SPEC_PATH'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make[3]: ** [gimp-2.6] Erro 1
make[3]: Saindo do diretório `/home/usuario/Downloads/gimp-2.6.0/app'
make[2]: ** [all-recursive] Erro 1
make[2]: Saindo do diretório `/home/usuario/Downloads/gimp-2.6.0/app'
make[1]: ** [all-recursive] Erro 1
make[1]: Saindo do diretório `/home/usuario/Downloads/gimp-2.6.0'
make: ** [all] Erro 2

devvv member for over 16 years devvv 1475 comments
over 14 years ago

yes, its much better if you compile it with the notes above in mind ;)

over 14 years ago

Thank you so much for this very useful tutorial. A bit slower (but with everything written, it is easy), and the final executable is better than those from Getdeb.

Vadim P.
over 14 years ago

For the lazy ones, pre-compiled .debs: