3 Ways to install Pinta image editing tool on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 LTS

Have Microsoft Paint open-source alternative Pinta on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy JellyFish or 20.04 Focal Fossa for image drawing and editing images. 

Inspired by Paint.NET, Pinta is another open-source program for Linux users with features similar to Microsoft Paint software. It is not just limited to Linux instead Pinta is a cross-platform that can be installed on Windows, FreeBSD, and macOS.

This bitmap image drawing tool is very straightforward and also offers drawing tools, image filters, and color adjustment tools but fewer features as compared to GIMP. However, GIMP is a little complicated for new users whereas this one is easy and focuses on usability that can be seen in its offerings. Such as unlimited undo history; Multiple language support; flexible toolbar arrangement, including floating as windows or docking around the image edge; also supports for image layers.

Steps to install Pinta on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 LTS

There are three ways to install Pinta on Ubuntu – one is using the APT package manager via standard repository, and the others are Snap and Flatpak. Here we will show you all of them.

1. Update Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

Start the tutorial by running the system update command on your Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 Linux. It will rebuild the APT package index cache and install if any update is available.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade


#1st method using GUI or snap

2. Open Ubuntu Software Center

On the Dock of Ubuntu, you will have a Ubuntu software icon, if not, then you can search for it in the Applications. Open it and click on the search icon. After that type- pinta, as its icon appears, select the second one, and click on the Install button. The system will ask for your user password. Type that and hit the Enter key.

Install Pinta on Ubuntu 22.04 using GUI Open Ubuntu Software for Paint software


3. Get Pinta using Snap

If you are familiar with the command line, open your Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 terminal and use the universal package manager SNAP to install Pinta’s latest version.

sudo snap install pinta


#Using APT package manager

4. Install Pinta on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

Another method to install this open-source paint program on Ubuntu is using the default system package manager called APT.  However, the one drawback of this easy method is, that the version of Pinta available through the default system repository of Ubuntu will not be the latest one. Hence, if you are comfortable with that, use the given command:

sudo apt install pinta


#3rd Method using Flatpak

5. Use Flatpak to install Pinta

Just like the Snap, Flatpak is also a universal package manager that can be used to install this Linux Paint application’s latest version.

Unlike Snap, Flatpak is not the Ubuntu’s part by default however the good thing is we can get it easily using the APT and default system repository. Here are the commands to follow:

sudo apt install flatpak
sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Reboot your system


Install the Pinta:

flatpak install flathub com.github.PintaProject.Pinta


6. Launch this Paint alternative app

Once the installation is completed, go to Show Applications and there search for the Pinta. As its icon appears click to run the program.

install Pinta image editing tool on Ubuntu 22.04


7. How to update

Here we have shown three methods to install Pinta, hence the ways to update the program will depend on the method you have used. We are showing commands for all of them, use the one accordingly.

For SNAP or GUI users:

sudo snap refresh pinta

For APT users:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

For Flatpak users:

sudo flatpak update


8. Uninstall or Remove Pinta from Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

This program is good and easy to use especially for beginners and those who want Desktop software to start drawing or painting. Nevertheless, if you think Pinta is not your cup of tea and you don’t require it anymore then uninstallation is also pretty easy. Go for the commands as per your method of installation.

For GUI or SNAP users:

GUI users can go on Ubuntu Software => search for Pinta => open it and click on the bin icon to remove it. Whereas the SNAP users need to open the command terminal and run the given command:

sudo snap remove pinta

For APT users:

sudo apt autoremove --purge pinta

For Flatpak users:

flatpak remove com.github.PintaProject.Pinta


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2 thoughts on “3 Ways to install Pinta image editing tool on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 LTS”

    • Although by default the APT will install the ENglish version, however, if you have the German language on Pinta then change it from the Settings of it.


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