GNU Image Manipulation Program

Installing Gimp 2.8 in Linux

  1. MAKE SURE YOU DON'T HAVE THE OLD GIMP INSTALLED ALREADY! (If you try to install 2.8 over 2.6 or 2.7, Linux gets very confused — not only will neither version work, it isn’t easy to straighten out the mess.) From the command line, type:
    gimp -v
    If you get an error message, gimp isn’t installed. If it reports a version earlier than 2.8, then get rid of it with:
    sudo apt-get remove gimp gimp-plugin-registry
  2. Add the Gimp 2.8 PPA to your list of repositories:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
  3. Install the new Gimp 2.8:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install gimp gimp-plugin-registry gimp-gmic
  4. Install Script FUs: Over 100 scripts, updated for Gimp 2.8. The package can be downloaded from Once it is downloaded, unzip it, creating a directory called gimp_scripts-2.8, and then move the contents into your private Gimp directory:
    cp gimp_scripts-2.8/* ~/.gimp-2.8/scripts 
  5. I added a couple of very useful scripts from other sources. One that I’m going to use today is Layer via Copy/Cut, which can be obtained here:

Note that, being open source, GIMP is also available for both Mac OSX and Windows. Installation is left as an exercise for the reader. All the add-on scripts I’ve mentioned work on all platforms, although you might have to install Python on Windows.

Using GIMP