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How to Install GIMP 2.10 on Ubuntu 18.04

GIMP is a free and open-source graphics and designing software to create, edit and convert the images. It also allows you to create free form drawings and much more. It is a very good alternative of Adobe Photoshop because it provides much more features free of cost. So you can consider it as an awesome gift from the open-source community for the designers like you who are looking for a powerful and free tool.


GIMP is a cross platforms application which means it is available for all the three main platforms including Linux, OSX and Windows. So you can use it on Mac or PC with any operating system without worrying too much.

In this post, I am going to show you how to install GIMP, such a great tool, on Ubuntu 18.04. So let’s get started.

Step 1 – Add GIMP PPA

The package list of Ubuntu 18.04 comes with an older version of GIMP 2.8. To install the latest version which currently is 2.10 you need to add the following PPA in the Ubuntu packages list. Just run the following command to add the PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

Step 2 – Update the Software Center

After adding the PPA in the package list Ubuntu needs to download the updated information of the package whose PPA has been added. For this you need to run the following command:

sudo apt-get update

Step 3 – Install GIMP 2.10

After performing both steps, given above, you are ready to install GIMP 2.10. Simply run the following command to get the awesome free graphics designing tool on your Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install gimp

Step 4 – Run GIMP 2.10

After the installation, you are ready to run the GIMP. Press the Window Key, type GIMP and click the GIMP icon, as given below, and your software is ready to use.

Step 5 – (Optional) Uninstall GIMP

If, for some reason, you want to uninstall GIMP from your machine then run the following command in your terminal:

sudo apt-get autoremove gimp-plugin-registry

Note: Use purge instead of autoremove if you want to remove all the configurations and any other data related to GIMP.

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