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GIMP 2.8.6 (+ Windows binary) has been released

By at 2013-06-22 11:50:45 UTC, last updated over 8 years ago. CC BY-NC License

GIMP splash screen the GIMP splash screen for 2.8

Today, GIMP 2.8.6 has been released. This is a new version in the production-use series of GIMP. It contains lots of bug fixes and enhancements, especially in the user interface for single-window mode. It is now possible to use clipboarded brushes and patterns with a size of 1024×1024 (previously, the limit was 512×512). Also, another annoying thing has been fixed: sometimes GIMP’s canvas had lost focus – you can now focus it by pressing Escape.

For a detailed list, please read below. We’ve already linked to the latest version (including the official Windows build) in our downloads section.

Changes between 2.8.4 and 2.8.6

(Taken from the GIMP NEWS file.)


  • Fix saving to URIs, it was broken to only allow exporting, and fix save/export of compressed files
  • Fix brush spacing for drawing in any direction
  • Increase the maximum size of clipboard brushes and patterns to 1024×1024
  • Make sure data objects are saved when only their name was changed


  • Don’t allow single-window docks to shrink smaller than their
  • Make sure a single-window’s right docks keep their size across
  • Allow to change the spacing of non-generated brushes again
  • In single-window mode, make Escape move the focus to the canvas, and beep if the focus is already there
  • Be smarter about unavailable fonts, and don’t crash
  • Make clicking the single-window’s close button quit GIMP
  • Make view-close (Ctrl+W) only close image windows and tabs, not docks


  • Add SIGNED_ROUND() which also rounds negative values correctly


  • Make GIMP_PLUGIN_DEBUG work again after GLib changed logging
  • Fix zealous crop for transparent borders


  • Add Hungarian translation


  • Add a default “Color from Gradient” dynamics and tool preset


  • Lots of bug fixes
  • Lots of translation updates


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darkusw member for almost 9 years darkusw 4 comments rated this topic with 5/5
over 8 years ago

Yes, super.

over 8 years ago

When will we be able to download it? I just so love Gimp!

devvv member for over 15 years devvv 1475 comments
over 8 years ago

as mentioned above - there is no dmg/exe yet. we'll inform you when these are released.

over 8 years ago

windows build yet?

Lyle member for almost 10 years Lyle 91 comments
over 8 years ago

Definitely look forward to the 1024X1024 clipboard brush size capability. Now it's a matter of waiting for the code to get compiled for Windows 64-bit. :)

over 8 years ago

When I follow the downloads link the ONLY 2.8.6 that is currently available is the source code. Not only is there no binary for Windows, there are no .dmg, nor .deb/rpm files either.

Perhaps it would have made more sense to say that, unless the links just haven't been updated.