Install GIMP on Ubuntu

Today I will be showing you how to quickly and easily install GIMP on Ubuntu using apt-get and the Ubuntu Software Manager. For those who don’t know what GIMP is, GIMP is basically a free and open source image editor similar to Photoshop. For more information you can visit the official GIMP site.

GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.

Install GIMP on Ubuntu (Terminal)

Step 1: Open up a new terminal by pressing CTRL+ALT+T.

Step 2: Run sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install gimp (This will update your repositories/package lists and then install GIMP.)

When the above commands have finished running your terminal should look similar to screenshot below.


Install GIMP on Ubuntu (Ubuntu Software Manager)

Step 1: Open the Ubuntu Software Center. You can do this by pressing the Windows button on your keyboard and typing software, the icon should come up like in the screenshot below.

Install GIMP on Ubuntu

Step 2: When you have the Software Center open perform a search for “GIMP”. For me it was the only application that showed, once you are there simply double click on the search result. For me the button says remove due to it already being installed through the terminal, however for you it should say install. You can also scroll down and select any optional add ons such as extra brushes and so on.

Install GIMP on Ubuntu with Software Center

Once you have completed one of the install methods above you should be able to launch the GIMP. If this is your first time using GIMP and you are more used to Photoshop then this article may be extremely helpful to you. If you have any questions or need help then please don’t hesitate to comment! Enjoy and please don’t forget to like or share!