Install / Upgrade to Krita 2.9 in Ubuntu 14.04/12.04/14.10

February 26, 2015

krita 2.9

The digital painting program Krita 2.9 was released today. This is the biggest Krita release that brings dozens of new features, improved functions, fixed bugs, spit and polish all over the place.

According to the official release note, eleven of the twelve Kickstarter-funded features are in the 2.9 release, and the last one will be included in the Krita 2.9.1.

Krita 2.9

Krita 2.9 comes with support for viewing images with multiple documents, ilustration transformation improvements, HDR painting support, painting and workflow improvements, filter and layer improvements, 3D texturing and image support, and many other changes. See the official release note for details.

Install Krita 2.9 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, and Ubuntu 12.04, the latest Krita is available in the Krita Lime PPA.

UPDATE: Ubuntu 14.10 users can now upgrade to calligra 2.9 (include Krita 2.9) through Kubuntu Backports PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports

To add the ppa, open terminal from the Dash or application menu. When it opens, run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dimula73/krita

Then update system package cache:

sudo apt-get update

Finally install the latest Krita packages:

sudo apt-get install krita-2.9 krita-2.9-dbg

NOTE: Krita 2.9 will be installed in /opt/ directory, you have to manually install the icons and launchers:

In terminal run below command to copy the launcher (.desktop) files from /opt/ to system directory:

cd /opt/project-neon/share/ && sudo cp -r applications/ /usr/share/

Then copy Krita icons to system icons directory:

cd /opt/project-neon/share/ && sudo cp -r icons/ /usr/share/

Finally create soft link to the Krita executable:

sudo ln -s /opt/project-neon/bin/krita /usr/bin/krita

Restart computer and you should be able to start Krita 2.9 from menu.

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5 responses to Install / Upgrade to Krita 2.9 in Ubuntu 14.04/12.04/14.10

  1. Krita is the best open source paint tool to draw artistic images hands down.. and sometimes, to make some simple photo modificactions, it’s good enough. Bye gimp!

    • you should test GIMP 2.9 (a transitional dev version) I think with this version GIMP has really improved and made me hesitate going entirely to Krita,

  2. Thanks, specially for the launcher and icons part. I note the files copied to /usr/share/ distributed themselves to other places and I can’t see them there with a ‘ls’ command, do you now if there is some background OS process that arranges that? For me it work ok but the question is just for curiosity.

  3. I am running ubuntu 14.10. I tried your commands for installing Krita 2.9 but met with unmet dependencies as stated below.
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    krita-2.9 : Depends: kde-runtime but it is not going to be installed
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

  4. Great post. It really helped me.Thanks.