Learn the steps to install OpenToonz 2D animation software on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish Linux using the command terminal.
“OpenToonz” is a 2D animation software that allows you to bring static drawings such as animals, people, and entire environments to life. In this way, short films, cartoons, or entire animated series can be produced. Among other things, the program offers the possibility to import hand-made sketches and convert them into editable lines and shapes.
In addition, you can use the Paint tool to add color to scenes and objects and blend them together on multiple layers. Effects such as image style, the incidence of light, or distortion can be inserted or removed with just a few clicks. In the timeline and the node tree, you keep track of all settings and parameters of the animation.
Even well-known TV series such as Futurama rely on the animation software Toonz. Now the program is also available for free as an open-source tool. After a bit of learning, you can create moving figures from static drawings or even your own animated series.
The open-source version of Toonz is based on the normal Toonz software which is also used by the Japanese Studio Ghibli. Thus, all features developed by the studio itself are also included in OpenToonz.
OpenToonz System requirements:
- Intel Core I series processor
- 4GB or more RAM
- 500 MB or more available storage space
- 1280 x 1024 or higher monitor resolution
Steps to install OpenToonz on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes
1. Update Ubuntu 22.04
First run the system update command on your Ubuntu 22.04 system, so that the available updates for it get installed using the APT package manager.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
Note: We can use the SNAP to install OpenToonz as well, however, the version through it was not the latest one while doing this article: Yet, if you want to use it then run the command:
sudo snap install opentoonz
Hence, here we are using FlatPak.
2. Install Flatpak
Unlike snap, Flatpak universal package manager is not a part of Ubuntu 22.04 by default. Hence, we have to install it manually using the APT package manager. The good thing is, it is available to download using the default system repository.
sudo apt install flatpak
Enable Flatpak repository:
sudo flatpak remote-add flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
Reboot your system:
To properly integrate the Flatpak into your system, we have to reboot our system once:
3. Install OpenToonz on Ubuntu 22.04
Well, after getting back to your system, open the command terminal and we are ready to install the OpenToonz. Just use the given Flatpak command and you are done.
flatpak install flathub io.github.OpenToonz
4. Launch the Animator software
Once the installation is completed, go to Application launcher and there search for “OpneToonz“. As its icon appears in the search result, click to run the same.
5. How to update OpenToonz
In the future, if you see there are any new updates available for OpenToonz 2D animation software, then use the given command. This will fetch and install the updates from the “FlatHub” repository.
6. Uninstall or remove OpenToonz from Ubuntu 22.04
If you might have not liked the software and want to completely remove the OpenToonz from your Ubuntu 22.04 Linux, then run the given Flatpak command:
flatpak uninstall --delete-data flathub io.github.OpenToonz -y
To delete any residual file:
flatpak remove --unused
Yes, OpenToonz is open-source 2D animator software, hence completely free for both personal and commercial usage.
Well, of course, OpenToonz is a great animation software in the free and open-source category for beginners. It features both traditional drawing and 2D animation and also has been used to create popular Futurama, an animated science fiction sitcom, and Mary and The Witch’s Flower.
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