3 Ways to install GIMP graphics editor on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Edit, retouch or optimize your images using the free and open-source GIMP editor by installing it on Ubuntu 20.04 or 18.04 Linux distro, here we are showing 3 ways of doing that using GUI and command line methods.

The free image editor “GIMP” offers professional tools and retouching functions for photos. Its name is actually an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program and it is one of the best free alternatives to Adobe Photoshop for private and semi-professional use.

GIMP is a cross-platform application that is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems and can process all popular image formats including PSD, TIFF, or WEBP with 32-bit color depth.

Overall, the “GIMP” graphic editing toolbox covers all things required in day-to-day professional editing, we can reduce, enlarge and crop pictures or rotate, flip,  distort the perspective of photos; correct of color, brightness, and contrast, adjust the exposure and white balance are uncomplicated with the open-source program.

Furthermore, it offers the option of conveniently replacing colors, coloring images specifically, retouching spots, straightening the horizon, and cloning or smearing image areas.

Install GIMP image editor on Ubuntu 20.04/18.04 LTS

Using Graphical interface

1. Open Ubuntu Software

Either search in All Applications or just click on the icon of Ubuntu Software available on the Dock of Ubuntu 21.04, 20.04, or 18.04.

2. Search GIMP

Now, you will see a search icon given on the left top side of the Ubuntu Software, click that and type GIMP.

Search for GIMP packages on APP store

3. Install GIMP via GUI

As we select the GIMP tool, we will get information related to this open-source image editor, click on the INSTALL button to download it and set up it on Ubuntu system.

Install GIMP using graphical interface of Ubuntu software

Get GIMP via Command line terminal

#From official Ubuntu repository

For those who prefer a command-line interface to install software packages, this one is for them.

  1. Open command terminal, the keyboard shortcut is CTRL+ALT+T.
  2. Run system update command- sudo apt update
  3. Command to install GIMP – sudo apt install gimp
  4. Once the installation is completed, go to Applications and search for it to start with.

Install GIMP using COmmand line terminal on Ubuntu 20.04 lts


#Via Snap package management

Apart from using the APT package manager, we can also use SNAP to get GIMP on our Ubuntu systems including others such as MX Linux, Debian, Elementary OS, MX Linux, and more…

  1. So, again go to the command terminal.
  2. On all the latest Ubuntu versions, SNAP comes by default.
  3. If you don’t have it then run – sudo apt install snapd
  4. Next, install GIMP using SNAP- sudo snap install gimp

ubuntu install gimp 20.04 min

Uninstall GIMP

If you don’t need this image editing application on your Linux anymore, then use these commands:

  • For GUI, simply again open Ubuntu software, search this software and click on the Remove button.
  • For command line using APTsudo apt remove gimp
  • Via SNAP- sudo snap remove gimp


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