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GIMP 2.8.20 is available | What's blocking the release of GIMP 2.10

By at 2017-02-07 18:39:51 UTC, last updated over 7 years ago. CC BY-NC License

The 2.8 series of GIMP is the version that should be used for production. Its latest version 2.8.20 brings some bug fixes such as a more robust color picker and a more stable Windows installer that uses less memory. More detailed changes can be read below. We’ve added the latest version to our download section already which can be found here.

A little more interesting is the question when GIMP 2.10 could be released. There is no official word on this – some months ago there was a little hint that it could be at the Libre Graphics Meeting 2017 in Singapore but since it is already in March this seems to be a little too close to fix all the open things that block the next release. Nevertheless there was an interesting posting at regarding the 2.10 blockers:

  • ~60 bugs need to be taken care of. Some of them are hard blcokers, some can be postponed.
  • libgimp needs to get some deprecations
  • GIMPs new linear workflow needs more adjustements with the Curves and Levels tool
  • GIMPs 2.9 has new layer modes. The backwards compatibility for GIMP 2.8 needs to be taken more care of
  • The newly introduced flat icon design as well as the dark base theme need a dedicated designer for the finishing. Otherwise it can’t be shipped with GIMP 2.10
  • All GEGL filters need to be color managed with GIMPs new color management engine
  • The new Warp Transform tool is working well on small images, but it is still laggy on larger images.

The complete news with more details on these steps can be found on the official GIMP website.

The current in-developement versions can be downloaded in our downloads section

These are the changes from GIMP 2.8.18 to GIMP 2.8.20


  • Avoid D-Bus error message when built without D-Bus support * fix OS X min required conditional in gimpimagewindow.c * Saving to existing and .xcf.gz files didn’t truncate them and could lead to unnecessarily large files * Text layer created by gimp-text-fontname doesn’t respect border when resized
  • Avoid seeking when saving XCF files to prevent corruption with file network shares (fixed since 2014, but not mentioned in NEWS yet)


  • Flow on Paint Dynamics editor dialog: the ‘y’ axis is indicating ‘Rate’ instead ‘Flow’
  • Vertical ruler shows artifacts if the status bar isn’t showing * Tablet stylus misbehaves when crossing the edge of a dock in multi-window-mode
  • Disable the new “automatic window tabbing” feature introduced on macOS Sierra
  • Improve the visibility of slider handles with dark themes * Make it harder to switch to renaming if selecting already selected items in resource lists


  • Make toggling to color picker mode of paint tools more robust


  • Call gimp_file_entry_set_filename() with filename encoding

Windows Installer:

  • Reduce the memory requirement when running the installer (has already been shipped in a 2.8.18 installer-only update) * Ship an updated libcairo to fix GTK+ UI rendering problems, like missing palette border/bevel and shadows under tab labels

macOS DMG:

  • Ship the Tango icon theme with the DMG for a complete set of icons * Fix the way mime data is copied into the bundle * No longer copy Pango modules into the bundle * Prevent a crash caused by drag&drop on OSX by patching the included GTK+
  • Ship a patch for gettext to make sure the preferred UI language will be used


  • Prevent the Python console from closing by the Escape key * Help browser does not launch on OS X * Filter ‘Edge Detect/Difference of Gaussians’ returns empty image * Only use -xobjective-c for compile commands * fix calls to write_file() routine to write to current directory
  • When printing, the images are composed onto a white background to prevent printing a black box instead of a transparent image * Fix color vision deficiency display filters to apply gamma correction directly

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Current 2.8.20 downloads for all systems can be found in our downloads section


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about 7 years ago

Waiting the GMIP 3.0, we need this enhacements.

Hello there! I know this is kinda off topic but I'd figured I'd ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest authoring a blog article or vice-versa? My website goes over a lot of the same topics as yours and I believe we could greatly b
about 7 years ago

Hello there! I know this is kinda off topic but I'd figured I'd ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest authoring a blog article or vice-versa? My website goes over a lot of the same topics as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other. If you are interested feel free to send me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you! Great blog by the way!

unhammer member for over 14 years unhammer 25 comments
over 7 years ago

billn, GEGL is already used by GNOME Photos and The Grid ( ); MyPaint is considering switching to it,
and you can use GEGL in GIMP if you install the 2.9 beta series. Why do you say it's the wrong path?

billn member for over 13 years billn 15 comments rated this topic with 3/5
over 7 years ago

GEGL may have been the wrong path for Gimp developers to take.

over 7 years ago

I love GIMP! And so glad you keep improving it all time, so much hard work, you are amazing, guys!