How to install Gimp 2.8 in ubuntu using PPA

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GIMP 2.8 is the result of three years of hard work and collaborative development. This version of GIMP is equipped with a wealth of new features, including some highly requested ones. Keep reading to find out exactly what GIMP 2.8 has to offer you in areas such as the user interface, tools, and plug-ins.

What is new in GIMP 2.8

User Interface

Single-Window Mode

GIMP 2.8 introduces an optional single-window mode. You can toggle between the default multi-window mode and the new single-window mode through the Single-window mode checkbox in the Windows menu. In single-window mode, GIMP will put dockable dialogs and images in a single, tabbed image window. The single-window mode setting is of course preserved if you quit and start GIMP again. Single-window mode removes the necessity for users of having to deal with multiple windows. Developers: Martin Nordholts, Michael Natterer Interaction Architect: Peter Sikking

Multi-Column Dock Windows

GIMP 2.8 allows dockable dialogs in a dock window to be placed in multiple columns. To create a new column in a dock window, drag and drop a dockable dialog on the vertical edges of the dock window. This is an appealing feature for multi-monitor users where one screen can have a big dock window with all the dialogs and the tools, while all images are on other displays. Developer: Martin Nordholts Interaction Architect: Peter Sikking

More Screen Real Estate For Dockable Dialogs

The docking bars have been removed and replaced with overlaid highlights. The dockable drag handle has been removed and the dockable menu button has been moved up to the tabs. A new Automatic tab style has been added which makes dockable tabs use the available space. Developer: Martin Nordholts

Save And Export

A rather big conceptual change is that saving and exporting images now are clearly separated activities. Saving an image can only be done in the XCF format which is GIMP's native file format, able to save all kinds of information necessary for works in progress.

To export into other formats File->Export... needs to be used. This distinction makes it clearer if all available information is stored in a file, or not. There are some optimizations for alternative workflows such as opening a jpg, polishing it, and quickly exporting back to the original file. This conceptual change has also allowed us to get rid of the annoying dialogs that warned about the flatting of images when saving to non-layered formats. Developer: Martin Nordholts Interaction Architect: Peter Sikking

Layer Groups

For complex compositions, a flat layer structure is very limiting. GIMP 2.8 lets users organize their compositions better through the introduction of layer groups which allow layers to be organized in tree-like structures. Layer groups are fully scriptable through the GIMP plug-in API. Developer: Michael Natterer

Tools Drawn With Cairo

All tools rendering on canvas have been ported to Cairo to provide smooth antialiased graphics and make GIMP's look and feel match modern users expectations. All but a few plug-ins have been ported over to Cairo as well. Additionally all tools now use an on-canvas progress indicator instead of the one in the statusbar. Developer: Michael Natterer

On-Canvas Text Editing

Text editing with the Text Tool is now performed on-canvas instead of in a separate window. The editing on-canvas is rather sophisticated: apart from the usual text formatting features like font family, style and size selectors you get numeric control over baseline offset and kerning, as well as the ability to change text color for a selection. You can also use a combination of Alt and arrow keys to change baseline offset and kerning. This feature was originally developed during Google Summer of Code 2008 and heavily improved since. Developers: Daniel Eddeland, Michael Natterer

Keyboard Shortcut Changes

Since the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+E and Ctrl+Shift+E have been repurposed for the image export mechanisms, new keyboard shortcuts have been setup for ‘Shrink Wrap' and ‘Fit in Window', namely Ctrl+J and Ctrl+Shift+J respectively. Developer: Martin Nordholts

Simple Math In Size Entries

Enhancements have also been made to the size entry widget, which is used for inputting most of the x, y, width, height parameters. For example, in the scale dialog it is now possible to write ‘50%' in the Width field to scale the image to 50% of the width. Expressions such as '30in + 40px' and ‘4 * 5.4in' work, too. Developer: Fredrik Alströmer

Install GIMP 2.8 in ubuntu

Open the terminal and run the following commands

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


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17 Responses

  1. Michael Robinson says:


    Thanks for the tip!

    One thing: it should be apt-add-repository, not add-apt-repository.

  2. ruchi says:

    Thank you updated now

  3. ddd says:

    no repos for maverick

  4. Bill says:

    After this install my 2.7.4 reverted back to 2.6+.

  5. Lazza says:

    Why? 😉
    $ file /usr/bin/apt-add-repository
    /usr/bin/apt-add-repository: symbolic link to `add-apt-repository’

  6. Tom says:

    Time to upgrade soon.

  7. Michael Robinson says:

    Sure you didn’t make that yourself? Didn’t work for me on my standard 11.10.

  8. Lazza says:

    I use “add-apt-repository” since 11.10 at least (but they say it worked back in 9.10. What do you get if you run the above command? I’m working on a clean Ubuntu 11.10 that was updated to 12.04 recently. I didn’t create symlinks because it’s not my primary PC and I don’t use it often.

  9. Lazza says:

    You should remove conflicting PPAs and manually installed tarballs before using this one.

  10. Makash says:

    Hi and thanks for this tuto it was very helpfull to me !
    The first time i tried it didn’t work, but the second time was ok, but i think i know why (cause i’m a noob!)

  11. bob says:

    Please adapt these instructions *for* NATTY

  12. bob says:

    no I don’t want to upgrade. 90% of use is sabnzbd+.

    upgrade from prior LTS to natty was a massive PAINFUL bitch as the onboard graphics chip is NOT unity capable

    remaining use: providing bandwidth to non-us consumers of gbtv via bt, occasional imap, zpush

  13. Alex M says:

    thanks, vary useful, I need to come here every time I re-install a linux distro.

  14. selloween says:

    Thx man!

  15. V.L.Z says:

    I’m frustrated!
    Why when I folow these comands, I still end up inslalling Gimp 2.6 ???
    I use Ubuntu 11.10
    First I try (because I have Gimp 2.6) to do this: replace the last command with: sudo apt-get upgrade
    Nothing changed… also restarted computer- still nothing.
    Then removed Gimp 2.6 from ubuntu and try to do this:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install gimp

    …And still end up installing Gimp 2.6, how is that?

    P.S I’m quite new in linux.

  16. Saurabh Bansal says:

    This ppa method works well for install Gimp 2.8 on Ubuntu 12.04, however I have noticed that if we also install gimp plugin registry some the plugins don’t work well with it.

    Imho, I think that some plugins are not ported or compatible with gimp 2.8.

  17. Dario says:

    Hi all! I had this problem with PPA:
    dario@BI-KAPPA:~$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
    [sudo] password for dario:
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/bin/apt-add-repository”, line 125, in
    ppa_info = get_ppa_info_from_lp(user, ppa_name)
    File “/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/softwareproperties/”, line 80, in get_ppa_info_from_lp
    pycurl.error: (6, “Couldn’t resolve host ‘'”)

    Maybe a proxy problem? :-/


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