Krita 3.3.0 Released! How to Install it in Ubuntu

September 30, 2017 — Leave a comment


Digital painting software Krita 3.3.0 was released recently with important changes. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10.

Krita 3.3.0 release highlights:

  • Supports the n-trig pen for Windows 8+ in Surface, Dell, HP, and Acer laptops (enable it in tablet settings).
  • Optionally use Direct3D with Angle instead of OpenGL in Windows.
  • Fix some visual glitches when using hi-dpi screens
  • Fix loading favorite blending modes and brush presets on startup.
  • Updated GMIC plugins along with several fixes.
  • Save the alpha channel to PNG images even no (semi-) transparent pixels in the image
  • Add several new command line options
  • Many other performance improvements, see the release note.

krita 3.3.0

How to install Krita 3.3.0 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04, you can’t install the traditional .deb package due to old system libraries. However, a 64-bit Appimage is available for download at the link below:

Download Krita (.appimage)

Appimage is a single executable file with most required runtime and libraries. Just make it executable and run it to launch Krita:

For Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Krita 3.3.0 is available in Krita Lime PPA:

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching it from app launcher. When it opens, run commands to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kritalime/ppa

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then upgrade Krita via Software Updater:

upgrade krita

or run commands to install it for the first time:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install krita


To remove the PPA, launch “Software & Updates” utility and navigate to Other Software tab.

To remove Krita 3.3.0, either use system package manager or run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove krita

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