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Install GIMP 2.7.1 on Lucid Lynx using PPA

GIMP lovers are going to be disappointed to hear that GIMP is going away in the next release of much awaited Ubuntu 10.04. Today we take a look at installing in on Lucid Lynx using PPA.

The reason for getting rid of it as cited by the GIMP developers, is that GIMP is too professional a software to be included in regular desktop version of Ubuntu. And it takes up too much of space on the disk. Also, the fact that it’s too complicated for regular users.

If you can’t live without it…let’s see how to install GIMP 2.7.1 on Lucid Lynx (Currently in Alpha). The new version of GIMP supports single window mode and we will also see how to enable this feature as well.

First we need to add the official GIMP 2.7.1 PPA in the software sources of Ubuntu 10.04, by opening the terminal window and typing the following command:

sudo sh -c “echo ‘deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn/ubuntu lucid main’ >> /etc/apt/sources.list”

gimp2.7-1

Now that we have added the PPA we need to add the GPG key, so type the following in your Terminal window.

sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 405A15CB

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Next up we have to update the software repository…

sudo apt-get update

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All that is left is to install GIMP 2.7.1 by typing in the following…

sudo apt-get install gimp

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Click ‘Y’ (for yes) to install GIMP

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Once GIMP is installed you can start it by going to Applications > Graphics > GNU Image Manipulation Program.

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You now have your favorite GIMP on your favorite Ubuntu 10.04.

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As you can see in the image below, GIMP still comes with default 3 windows, which could clog up your lower panel In Ubuntu 10.04.

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However, now you can run GIMP in single window mode by going to Windows > Single-Window mode.

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That’s all! Now you have your GIMP running in single window mode with less of hassle to manage 3 windows.

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It’s unfortunate that GIMP will not be included, but by following these instructions, you’ll be able to enjoy using it in Ubuntu 10.04.

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  • Published 03/15/10

Comments (30)

  1. Justme

    Can’t you just install it via Synaptic Package Manager?

  2. dr_willis

    Gimp IS in the default repositories. Its just not INSTALLED by default. (from what i have read)

    This post sort of implies otherwise. The latest version is Not in the default repos.

    also the ‘sudo add-apt-repository ppa:user/ppa-name’ type syntax for adding a PPA repo is a cleaner way then adding more stuff to sources.list.

  3. robbfulks

    GIMP 2.7throws 2-3 “Application Errors” after it shuts down, but works just fine.

  4. Captain Canuck

    easier way:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:matthaeus123
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install gimp

  5. Captain Canuck

    faster way (equivalent):

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:matthaeus123
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install gimp

  6. MasterNetra

    Gimp’s still going to be in Ubuntu’s repo, just not on the install cd.

  7. HydroCronic

    sudo sh -c “echo ‘deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn/ubuntu lucid main’ >> /etc/apt/sources.list”

    and

    sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 405A15CB

    these to commands did not work for me, i run it on a fresh install of ubuntu 10.4 alpha 1

  8. Sam Illingworth

    Thanks muchly guys, I love the Single Window Mode in GIMP and couldn’t get it to compile since I upgraded to Lucid.

    One thing – a lot of people are scared of the command line and it really puts people off Linux when they think everything has to be done that way. I’m forever having to explain that things are easy to do through the GUI but for some reason people choose to give instructions the command line way (just to scare noobies?) It would really help Linux’s image if tutorials were given for the GUI way of doing things instead of the command line way!

  9. Mike

    Didn’t, doesn’t, not working for me.

    Tried all methods. Keep getting Gimp 2.6

  10. Gilberto Olimpio

    Try:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install gimp

    It worked for me (Ubuntu 10.04 x64).

  11. A_T

    Seems a very long winded way of doing it. Just add ppa:matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn to Synaptic and let it do the rest.

  12. Martin

    sudo sh -c “echo ‘deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/matth…..svn/ubuntu lucid main’ >> /etc/apt/sources.list”

    and

    sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 405A15CB

    these to commands did not work for me, i run it on a fresh install of ubuntu 10.4 alpha 1

    Yes, they don’T work

  13. Martin

    Better

    sh -c “echo ‘deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn/ubuntu lucid main/’ >> /etc/apt/sources.list”

  14. Martin

    oh: forgot sudo

    sudo sh -c “echo ‘deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn/ubuntu lucid main/’ >> /etc/apt/sources.list”

  15. Martin

    sudo sh -c “echo ‘deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn/ubuntu lucid main’ >> /etc/apt/sources.list”

  16. Kyle2595

    When I try and type in the first command:

    “sudo sh -c “echo ‘deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn/ubuntu lucid main’ >> /etc/apt/sources.list”

    It always says “bash: /etc/apt/sources.list”: Permission denied”
    Any suggestions?

  17. kristiang

    here run well, but alway when I need to restart the GIMP I need select the option ‘one window’. Have a way to set it permanently?

  18. RJ Moore

    When I try and type in the first command:

    “sudo sh -c “echo ‘deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/matth…..svn/ubuntu lucid main’ >> /etc/apt/sources.list”

    It always says “bash: /etc/apt/sources.list”: Permission denied”
    Any suggestions?

  19. asd

    just open UBUNTU SOFTWARE CENTER,select GRAPHIC then EDITOR,u will find GIMP :)

  20. Pete

    You now have 2.7.3 up it seems. Do you know of any way to get 2.7.1 working; From what I have seen 2.7.1 has the ability to randomize parts of the brush, and the gradient brush feature still work.

  21. daniel

    I managed to install it in Lucid but… there are no file types!!! You can only save images in .xcf

    I love the one single window feature but how can I solve that problem????

  22. Phillp

    You have to use “Export”, not “Save”!

    They changed the behavior so you can’t accidently save your work as a file without history, layers, etc and loose everything. You can only save xcf all of these features.sdf

  23. Uzzi

    andrea@andrea-laptop:~$ gimp
    gimp: error while loading shared libraries: libbabl-0.0.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    Solution?

  24. John Ortiz

    Gimp does not start-up after updated. What’s wrong? Thanks in advance?

  25. Geoff

    @Uzzi & @John, I had the same problem and fixed them by doing

    sudo apt-get remove libbabl-0.0-0
    sudo apt-get clean
    sudo apt-get install gimp

  26. Beoff

    Ah Gimp, Paint, Photoshop, crayons, tomato, tomAto…..

  27. Josh

    Enter this in System => Administration => Software Sources => Other software

    deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn/ubuntu lucid main

    Then:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gimp

    (or if upgrading
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade)

    Only works for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx
    Tell me if it doesn’t work. TY

  28. Florin

    Hello,

    I’ve manage to install from repository Gimp v2.7.3.

    Is there a way do default the Single window mode? It’s annoying that I have to manually select single window mode each time.

  29. Trucker

    I am about to try this again. Ive had Gimp2.7.3 up and running before but, I want to also keep 2.6 so these need to be install side by side. There seems to be some things still missing in 2.7 that i need. So if someone could help me walk threw this it would be a real help. I still have 2.7 in my home folder

  30. Denny Schäfer

    @Geoff

    Thanks you save my day :)

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