This tutorial is designed to be used by all people interested in graphic design and image manipulation under the Ubuntu environment. Read below to find out how you can install GIMP on Ubuntu and begin manipulating images in just minutes.

The first step you must take in order to get your GIMP installation up and running is to open your “Terminal” (command prompt), which can be done by navigating to your desktop then hitting “Alt” + “F2” and then entering into the popup dialogue that you are presented with the text below and then hitting the “Enter” key or click “Run”:



If you do not understand the instruction above to open the “Terminal” (command prompt) then you may follow the highlighted explanation below:

Minimize all windows to get to your desktop –> Hold “Alt” and hit “F2” –> Type in the popup window the text “gnome-terminal” –> Hit the “Enter” key or click “Run”.


Now that you have opened the “Terminal” (command prompt) window, you may enter the code below and then hit “Enter” in order to begin the automated installation of your "The GIMP” software:

sudo apt-get install gimp


By using the code above you will be downloading and installing the latest version of “The GIMP”. Once you have entered the code above, you may be prompted with a “y/n” prompt, of which you must reply to by typing “y” and then hitting the “Enter” key.


Now that your “The GIMP” software is installed, you must open it, which can be done by clicking the “start” button on your taskbar and then clicking “Applications” and then clicking “Graphics” and then clicking “The GIMP”. If you do not understand these instructions then refer to the highlighted instructions below:

Click the “start” button –> Click “Applications” –> Click “Graphics” –> Click “The GIMP”


Now that you have opened “The GIMP” for the first time, you will be presented with a setup window. This window will ask you about where you would like its directory to be placed and which additional settings you would like to enable. I recommend that you leave the default settings as is and note where the directory is before you proceed. If you are an advanced user then feel free to modify these settings as much as you see fit. Now you must navigate throughout the rest of the setup, choosing the options that are most appropriate to you.


As soon as you have finished the setup process, the setup window will close and your toolbars and buttons will appear within the The GIMP’s interface.


You may now begin using your image manipulation software. The “The GIMP” software contains many different buttons, tools and options and is open to a vast array of customization options for the software itself as well as your images. The “The GIMP” software can export over 30 different type of image files, depending on the version you have installed on your system this may be less or more. Nonetheless, this is a great software and considering that it is free, a much better choice over Adobe Photoshop, especially now that Ubuntu is coming up fast in the eyes of graphic designers in terms of features and reliability.

Congratulations! You have just installed one of the World’s most famous image manipulation programs. Enjoy your newfound Ubuntu image manipulation knowledge.