Before the next major GIMP 3.0, you can now install a new maintenance update for the 2.10 series GIMP 2.10.24.
Although not officially announced at the time of writing, GIMP provides a 2.10.24 source tarball and Windows exe that you can download on the website.
Also, both the Flathub repository and the unofficial Ubuntu PPA have updated packages for new releases.
What’s new in GIMP 2.10.24, according to the change log:
- Fixed a stack overflow when loading a very large XCF file on Windows.
- Point snaps now work on the outside of the canvas.
- Various metadata improvements.
- More robust TIFF import and export.
- Added support for GeoTIFF tags and added the appropriate “Save GeoTIFF Data” checkbox.
- Various fixes and improvements in the metadata viewer and editor.
- Supports fractional DPI for PDF import.
- Supports the updated Lua API since darktable 3.6.
- HEIF: Visual lossless export is possible even at 10/12 bit depth.
How to install GIMP 2.10.24 on Ubuntu:
Method 1: Install GIMP via the universal flatpak package.
If you’re happy with the flatpak package running in the sandbox, open a terminal and run the following commands one at a time to install.
1. First, add the updated Flatpak package PPA (required for Ubuntu 18.04 only).
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexlarsson/flatpak && sudo apt update
2. If you don’t have the flatpak daemon, install it.
sudo apt install flatpak
3. Add a flathub repository to host the software package.
flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
4. Finally, use the command to install the GIMP flatpak package.
flatpak install flathub org.gimp.GIMP
Note: Since flatpak runs in the sandbox, it requires much more disk space for the runtime library.
5. (Optional) To remove the package, run the following command:
flatpak uninstall org.gimp.GIMP
Method 2: Install GIMP via Ubuntu PPA.
For those who like the classic .deb package, Unofficial PPA We have created new release packages for Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10 and Ubuntu 21.04.
Due to compilation issues, Ubuntu 18.04 packages are currently stuck on v2.10.22.
1.) Open a terminal from the system application launcher. Once open, run the command to add the PPA.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/gimp
Enter the user password for the sudo prompt (without asterisk feedback) and press Enter to continue.
2.) For older versions of GIMP
.deb Once the package is installed, use the Software Updater (Update Manager) utility to upgrade.
Or run the apt command in your terminal to install GIMP.
sudo apt install gimp
If you are upgrading the image editor from the command line, we recommend that you run this command instead to install the updated dependency library as well.
sudo apt upgrade
3. ) (Optional) To restore GIMP to the stock version of the main Ubuntu repository, run the command to remove the PPA.
sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/gimp