How to install gimp 2.6.1 on ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron)

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Note:- This procedure worked on my ubuntu hardy machine so i am not guarantee that this procedure will work for you.

If you want to know what is new in gimp 2.6 check here

Install Gimp 2.6.1 in Ubuntu hardy

You need to edit the source list file

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

add the following line

deb getdeb/

Save the file and exit.

Now you need to update the source list using the following command

sudo apt-get update

Install gimp using the following command

sudo apt-get install gimp

This will update your GIMP 2.4 to GIMP 2.6.1

Checking your gimp version

Go to Applications--->Graphics--->GIMP Image Editor

Gimp 2.6.1 is loading

Gimp version details

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16 Responses

  1. Vadim P. says:

    Do note that the .ua repository is -not- endorsed by in any way, shape, or form. By adding it to your list, all of your applications that are newer in getdeb will get upgraded – and possibly broken, if they have new bugs.

    Don’t complain to or ubuntu after that happens, as both parties frown on this.

  2. Charles Peng says:

    Thanks! And i will upgrade my GIMP tonight.

  3. Brett Howard says:

    Unless you remove that line later its also going to cause you to update a bunch of other packages the next time you run through your update cycle. This may not be something you want so proceed with caution.

  4. Omid says:

    The article could be three words: “Upgrade to Intrepid!”

  5. akirasnd says:

    What if we change back the sources.list after successfull
    installation of Gimp. I am tring to do this and report the


  6. Stephen J. Fuhry says:

    yes, just upgrade to intrepid. it’s quite stable.

  7. waldemar Liedel says:

    Well I’m new to Linux –> so getting out of the obvious downloads using GUI tools was a blessing –> only an initial typo on my part caused problems and it worked flawlessly

  8. BobSongs says:

    I do like the new GIMP. And now that I’ve installed Ubuntu Ultimate Edition 1.9 (based on Hardy Heron) upgrading to GIMP 2.6.1 is usually done fairly early.

    Now, I encountered this when I installed Linux Mint. I thought it was a Mint problem, so I wiped and re-installed Ultimate Edition to restore GIMP 2.6.1. But now I have the same problem here in Hardy.

    When I add the deb getdeb/ to my sources.list file, update and then try to upgrade, this is what I get:

    The following packages have been kept back:
    audacity dvdstyler easytag gimp gimp-data gimp-gnomevfs gimp-python gnome-do gnome-do-plugins k9copy libgimp2.0 lives mandvd
    The following packages will be upgraded:
    banshee blender brasero devede gnucash gnucash-common isomaster libpurple0 p7zip p7zip-full pidgin pidgin-data rdesktop songbird tomboy transmission-common transmission-gtk ubuntu-tweak
    wireshark wireshark-common wireshark-dev
    21 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 13 not upgraded.
    Need to get 67.5MB of archives.
    After this operation, 23.7MB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]?

    GIMP is held back? What gives? When I tried this through Synaptic in Linux Mint (and I see it’s going to do the same thing again, it removed GIMP altogether not allowing me to go forward (2.6.1) or back (2.4.x).

    Not cool. Now what?

  9. BobSongs says:

    Here’s the solution to the problem of installing GIMP 2.6.1 via the repositories.

    First: I removed the offending repository from my sources.list file.

    Second: I updated apt (apt-get update) and there was no more call to upgrade my system.

    Third: I headed over to and found Neat. At the time of writing there’s a version 2.6.1 for Hardy Heron and a version 2.6.2 for Intrepid Ibex. Excellent. A quick download and I’ve got the most recent GIMP back.

    The moral here, boys and girls, is: don’t throw lines willy nilly into your sources.list file. Who knows what other baggage that line will bring in. If I cannot find a good .deb installer, then heck: download the source code … and go wild.

    So what if Ubuntu doesn’t upgrade your freshly installed software. You lived with this idea under Windows for years! Go back to the source site and see if there are sources for the upgraded version. Don’t be a wuss.

  10. BobSongs says:

    Sorry to keep harping on this, but I thought I’d walk us through the whole procedure, for the “non-geeks” that visit… UbuntuGeek. Slightly contradictory, I know.

    OK. First, I removed every reference to GIMP in Synaptic Package Manager. For the non-geek, this is probably the scariest part. When I suggest that Synaptic remove gimp-python, it threatens to uninstall ubuntu-desktop. Hmm. How much will disappear if I remove ubuntu-desktop? Everything? Well, not much apparently. I survived its removal. 🙂 Chances are: you will too.

    With all traces of GIMP gone from my hard drive I installed the various GIMP parts in roughly this order (does not apply to 2.6.2):

    1. libbabl-0.0-0*.deb
    2. gimp-data*.deb
    3. lib-gegl*.deb
    4. libgimp2.0_2.6.1*.deb
    5. gimp_2.6.1*.deb

    If I download gimp_2.6.1*.deb alone, not much will happen if I double-click it. And the above may not be obvious to those who wander through the GetDeb site.

    If anyone knows how to get gimp-python going for 2.6.1 this would be a good time to add it below.

    (Thanks for cleaning up my previous post, guys.)

  11. Theo Schmidt says:

    I did it as Bob says above.

    ubuntu-desktop is a meta-package which isn’t needed until you want to upgrade Ubuntu, when you probably might have to deinstall GIMP again and replace ubuntu-desktop.

    I used sudo dpkg -i libabl*.deb and then the other five, doing gimp-data second-last. I was unable to install gimp_2.6.6*.deb because python-gtk2 was missing. I opened synaptic and installed python-gtk2, which also required 4 other packages. After this, gimp_2.6* installed OK and the program works fine.

  12. Paul Orsi says:

    Don’t work! repository not recognized

  13. kubiwa says:

    I don’t have internet connection at my home, how can I get GIMP new version if I go to internet cafe?

  14. s3thu says:

    @kubiwa w/ net connection ubuntu is harder to use. anyway give a try for this link but i’m not sure. If this doesnt work, try downloadin n compilin the source code avail in

  15. navjit singh says:

    thanks man it works but the command
    deb should be
    everything else worked for me.

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