Install gimp 2.4.7 using ubuntu PPA

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GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

GIMP is written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms. But basically the same code also runs on MS Windows and Mac OS X.

Changes in GIMP 2.7.4


-- Add a close button to image tabs in single-window mode
-- Improve the transform tools' undo strings to be more descriptive
-- Render the layer's "eye" icon in inconsistent state if the layer is
visible, but one of its parents isn't
-- Add proper stacking for canvas items, so things don't hide each other
-- Make sure single-window-mode and multi-window-mode are always saved
consistently in sessionrc


-- Fix "render_image_tile_fault: assertion `tile[4] != NULL' failed"
warnings that occurred for some image sizes
-- Fix attachment of the floating selection when the gegl projection
is enabled
-- Replace heal algorithm with a new one by Jean-Yves Couleaud that
works much better
-- Make resource sub-folders show up in UI as tags, allowing users
to easily locate resource collections they may have installed
-- Fix graphics tablet canvas interaction by moving from
gdk_pointer_grab() to gtk_grab_add() for most grabs
-- Stop using motion hints, they are a concept from the dark ages


-- Add a basic paint dynamics PDB interface


-- Make writing color space information to BMP files optional
-- PSD loader now reads and imports working paths


-- Lots and lots of undeprecations

Developer documentation:

-- Add devel-docs/gegl-porting-plan.txt

Source and build system:

-- Make git-version.h generation work in shallow git clones
-- Modernize use of autotools a bit, maintainer-mode and pdbgen
are now enabled by default


-- Make gimptool install scripts in the correct system-wide directory
-- Fix lots and lots of stuff found by static code analysis

Install gimp 2.4.7 in ubuntu

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gimp


Search gimp and open the application

GIMP application opening in progress

Gimp 2.4.7 details

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16 Responses

  1. Matt Hartley says:

    The title is a typo, it is the newer 2.7.4 release.

  2. Bill says:

    This installs 2.7.3 not 2/7.4

  3. Matt Hartley says:

    Oops, that’s right after all. The post title is still wrong though. πŸ˜‰

  4. Bill says:

    Please let us know when someone has it converted to 2.7.4 ppa. I know many of us would love to try it.

  5. Matt Hartley says:

    Crazy. So the PPA should be installing 2.7.4 according to this:

    However as many of us are finding, it’s installing 2.7.3 instead.

  6. Bill says:

    It does not, i tried on 2 machines and get 2.7.3.

    Go to help about in gimp and see it is 2.7.3

  7. jorge says:

    That’s strage, I’ve had 2.7.4 for a few weeks now through that ppa.

  8. martadinata says:

    hmm, actually gimp 2.7.4 opening progress different πŸ™‚

  9. John says:

    I use Ubuntu for most things, but my main editing machine (I am a wedding videographer) uses Windows Vista.

    Anyone know where I can get the 2.7.4 version for Windows?

  10. robertjm says:

    ARGH!! I’m using Precise Pangolin, the development version. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have the PPA set up to use that so I’m getting 404 errors.

  11. Christoph says:

    If your ubuntu version is < oneiric it installs 2.7.3.
    If you have oneiric it should install 2.7.4.

    I dont want to use oneiric, because I hate unity (who doesnt ;), so i owuld like to have a solution to install 2.7.4 on natty via ppa.

  12. Su Smith says:

    I’m in the same camp as Christoph. I don’t want to upgrade to unity. I’m tempted to switch distros, although I’m running KDE (Kubuntu) at the moment.

  13. Jeff says:

    Frustrating… I’m having the same problem.

  14. robertjm says:

    Apology for my ignorance, but why does the Unity environment have anything to do with the version of GIMP?

    In any event, if you download the source code for the version you want, you should be able to install it that way. However, I’m not sure what problems you may run into with dependencies as everything installed may not be backwards compatible.

  15. SΓΌ Smith says:

    Because as Christoph stated

    If your ubuntu version is < oneiric it installs 2.7.3.
    If you have oneiric it should install 2.7.4

    They don't want to upgrade to get it and don't want to compile it from source.

  16. robertjm says:

    Well, if there’s no backport set up then Source would be the only route, right?

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