[New Ubuntu PPA] How to Install GIMP 2.10.20 in Ubuntu 20.04

July 21, 2020 — 18 Comments

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This simple tutorial shows how to install the latest GIMP image editor 2.10.20 in Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Linux Mint 19.x, and 20 via new PPA repository.

Although GIMP is available as both the containerized Snap and Flatpak packages, I prefer installing GIMP deb package via apt repository and receiving updates via Software Updater.

Otto kesselgulasch has dropped the PPA due to personal reasons. Now I’ve uploaded the most recent 2.10.20 packages into this unofficial PPA. So far, Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 20.04 are supported.

How to Install GIMP 2.10.20 via PPA in Ubuntu:

NOTE: Different to the previous PPA packages, there’s no Python scripting support.

Thanks to MIchael Coyle, it’s recommended to purge Otto kesselgulasch’s PPA to avoid BABL version issue:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

1.) Open terminal from system application launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/gimp

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) for sudo prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2.) If an old version of GIMP .deb package was installed, upgrade it via Software Updater (Update Manager) utility.

or run apt commands in terminal to install GIMP:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install gimp gimp-gmic

How to Restore:

To restore GIMP to the stock version in main Ubuntu repository, run command to purge the PPA:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/gimp

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18 responses to [New Ubuntu PPA] How to Install GIMP 2.10.20 in Ubuntu 20.04

  1. Carlos Henrique July 21, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Thank you very much Jim. This was missing

  2. Hello J im,
    I installed the PPA and everything but it wouldn’t open. It says BABL version is too old
    ( I installed the newer version which is ( and it still would not open. So I
    have to purge your PPA and go back to the older one.

  3. MIchael Coyle July 22, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    FYI, I still had the old kesselg still active which led to a GEGL version error. I followed the instructions on this page to fix it:


    sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

    • Same worked for me.
      I find that flatpak and snap images have problems with plugins. This is the best way to install and configure.

  4. Michael Pienaar July 24, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    You’re a darling! Thanx, I’ve been looking for this for ages. Flatpak isn’t really my thing, and I’m unable to build a working version of GIMP. Thumbs-up

  5. On KDE neon (based on ubuntu 18.04), updating with the PPA, GIMP is displayed only in English.

  6. Finaly i got new ppa for GIMP, anyway thanks for make new ppa for gimp

  7. I can’t get a reading on the German surface. System language is selected. Only English and system language are available for selection.
    Can’t speak English at all, translated by DeepL.
    If they write me e-mail, it takes longer – e-mail recipient is in dualboot with Windows.

    • Seems that language files do not build successfully into packages.

      The stock GIMP 2.10.18 package in Ubuntu 20.04 main repository does not contain these translation files too …. Not sure if the rule changed. I’ll try to include these translations in next build.

  8. Paul Figueiredo August 11, 2020 at 3:51 am

    Thank you SO much for this. I’ve wanted to upgrade to .20 for a while now and I haven’t been able to as gmic is an critical part of my workflow and it just doesn’t work with snap or flatpak.

    And anything truly critical that needs system access, I prefer ppa’s and always will.

  9. Finally! Thank you so much it works like a charm!
    I also updated G’MIC which was removed on the previous GIMP version from my Ubuntu somehow.
    I am also using the continuous GIMP AppImage of Ferrero https://github.com/aferrero2707/gimp-appimage/releases/tag/continuous so now my 2 GIMPs are to the edge, thanks again

  10. Thanks very much for taking up the GIMP PPA – missed it a lot. Flatpak isn’t just the same as a real installation!
    But …
    please add python support ( without it GIMP is crippled)
    and add language support (not everybody speaks English)

    Thanks again for your efforts

    • Python support was removed upstream both in Debian and Ubuntu. While Otto kesselgulasch’s package was built against Python 2 (some libraries dropped in Ubuntu 20.04), I have no skill to build it with python 3.

      For the language pack, I do need some help! While building with same rules, language files are included in upstream Debian package, but not in Ubuntu, even in Distro’s build (https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gimp). :(

  11. Following these instructions removed the package xsane which I wanted on my system. I had to reinstall it when I’d finished. Beware!

  12. Hi,
    This version has the same problem than the one provided by the native ubuntu packages. It crashes when you try to change the theme from dark to any other one.

  13. Obrigado! Era o que eu estava procurando! (Thank you! That’s what I was looking for!)

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