How to install Gimp on Ubuntu

Endrit Qerreti

Endrit Qerreti

Gimp is a photo editor app that allows you to edit and modify your pictures on your Linux machine.

Gimp is free and open source, and you can run it on Ubuntu, and on other linux distros as well.

Gimp can be installed on Ubuntu, via different ways. However, in this tutorial, we'll be installing Gimp via the official repository.

If you are looking for a photo or image editor that you can use on Linux, then you should definitely try Gimp.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Gimp on Ubuntu.

Step 1 - Update your system

Before installing Gimp on your Ubuntu machine, update your system with the following command below, to make sure that Gimp won't be conflicting with outdated packages.

sudo apt-get update

Step 2 - Install Gimp

Gimp package is available on official repositories of Ubuntu such as focal (20.04), jammy (22.04), lunar (23.04), mantic (23.10), which means you can install gimp on all Ubuntu versions mentioned above directly from your terminal.

To install Gimp on your Ubuntu machine, you can use your terminal

sudo apt-get install gimp

Next, you need to confirm that you want to install Gimp. To confirm, simply press Y, and then press enter.

Once you confirm, the installation process will begin. Keep your terminal open during the process.

Step 3 - Launch Gimp

Now Gimp should be installed on your Ubuntu machine. You can launch Gimp via your terminal. However, since Gimp is a GUI photo editor, you can launch Gimp via applications menu on your system, as launching via the terminal you will need to keep the terminal open in order to save changes on Gimp.

Depending the desktop environment that your system is running, you should be able to find Gimp on the applications list.

To launch Gimp, simply search for "Gimp" in the search box, and then click to the Gimp icon

Uninstall Gimp

We used apt package manager to install Gimp, so we can use apt package manager to uninstall it too.

To uninstall Gimp, and remove all its files run the command below

sudo apt remove gimp --purge

Once you run the command above, you will be asked to confirm that you want to uninstall Gimp.

Confirm by pressing Y, and gimp should be removed from your system.


In this tutorial, you learned how to Install and uninstall Gimp on Ubuntu. In this tutorial, we installed the official package of Gimp gimp that is found on Ubuntu repositories.

You can now use Gimp to edit your images easily on your Ubuntu machine.