This tutorial will discuss the steps to Install GIMP 2.10 on Ubuntu 20.04/18.04 & Linux Mint 19. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is an open source piece of software used for image manipulation. You can think of it as Adobe Photoshop alternative which is totally free to use. Gimp is a cross-platform application and it runs on Windows, Linux, macOS and BSD systems.

If you’re looking for an open source image manipulation tool for digital painting and photography, then Gimp is your guy!. GIMP 2.10 was recently released with more new features and improvements which includes:

  • Completed port of GEGL image processing library which gives high bit depth support, multi-threading and Linear color space workflow.
  • Updated user interface and initial HiDPI support
  • New and improved tools
  • Revamped color management support
  • Various usability improvements
  • Metadata editing,
  • Better file formats support
  • e.t.c

You can read GIMP 2.10 release notes for more details.

Install GIMP 2.10 on Linux Mint 19 / Ubuntu 20.04/18.04

In the next sections, we will cover the actual steps of installing GIMP 2.10 on Linux Mint 19 & Ubuntu 20.04/18.04. The process should be easy to follow for all users.

Step 1: Add PPA repository for Gimp – Only Ubuntu 18.04 & Mint 19

To get the latest Gimp package, we will add a third party PPA repository which is actively maintained. You need to have add-apt-repository to add the repository.

Don’t run this for Ubuntu 20.04 – It has Gimp 2.10 in its upstream repositories.

--- Ubuntu 18.04 and Linux Mint 19 ---
sudo apt update
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

Press “Enter to continue” when prompted. Repository key should be imported automatically.

Press Enter to continue or Ctrl+C to cancel

Executing: /tmp/apt-key-gpghome.PmWk61WLIL/ --keyserver --recv-keys FB97E9C3A97F85C095AEA7903BDAAC08614C4B38
gpg: key 3BDAAC08614C4B38: 1 signature not checked due to a missing key
gpg: key 3BDAAC08614C4B38: public key "Launchpad otto06217" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:               imported: 1

Step 2: Install GIMP 2.10 on Linux Mint 19 / Ubuntu 20.04/18.04

Now that the repository has been added, update your package list and install GIMP 2.10 on Linux Mint 19 & Ubuntu 20.04/18.04.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y gimp

If you had an older version of Gimp installed, it will be updated to the latest version availble in the repository.

Step 3 – Launch GIMP Application

Once the installation is finished, you can launch GIMP from the command line or from Desktop Start menu search.

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You should be directed to GIMP workspace to kickoff your first project.

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Upgrade / Uninstall GIMP

To upgrade GIMP package only, at any given time, run the command:

sudo apt-get install --only-upgrade

To uninstall GIMP package, use:

sudo apt-get remove gimp
sudo apt-get autoremove 

Boom!. You have GIMP 2.10 installed on your Linux Mint 19 / Ubuntu 20.04/18.04 Desktop. Enjoy your wonderful life of Photography and image editing.


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