How to Install GIMP Image Editor on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to install and configure GIMP on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who don’t know, GIMP is a free and open source image editor used for retouching and editing images. From retouching to restoring creative composites, the only limit is your imagination. The GIMP is used to make icons, graphic design elements and art for user interface components and layouts. The GIMP provides first-class color management features to ensure high fidelity of color reproduction across digital and print media.

This article assumes that you at least have basic Linux knowledge, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. Installation is very straightforward and assumes that you are running under the root account unless you can add “sudo” to the commands to gain superuser privileges. We will walk you through the installation of the GIMP Image Editor on a 16.04 Ubuntu server (Xenial Xerus) step by step.

Installing GIMP Image Editor on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First, make sure all system packages are up to date by running the following commands in terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing GIMP.

Open terminal from Unity Dash, App launcher or using Ctrl + Alt + T key. When it opens, paste the following command and press Enter:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp-edge
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gimp

Once installed, open the GIMP Image Editor from a terminal. Run the “gimp” command in a terminal. (without quotes):


In case of problems, or if you want to revert to the version of GIMP available in the Ubuntu repositories, you can purge the PPA using ppa-purge:

sudo apt install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

Congratulations! You have successfully installed GIMP. Thanks for using this tutorial to install GIMP Image Editor on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS system (Xenial Xerus). For further assistance or useful information, we recommend that you visit to the official GIMP website