Krita 4.0 Released! How to Install it in Ubuntu 18.04/17.10


Digital painting software Krita 4.0 was released today with major new features and improvements.

Krita 4.0 features SVG support, a new text tool, Python scripting, improved vector tools, and following changes:

  • New splash screen for Krita 4.0
  • Easy coloring of line-art with the new Colorize Mask Tool
  • Masked brushes: add a mask to your brush tip for a more lively effect.
  • Overhauled the entire brush set for Krita 4.
  • For more, see the release note.

How to Install Krita 4.0 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 17.10 and Ubuntu 18.04, the new release is available in Krita Lime PPA.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command 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 install Krita 4.0 via following commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install krita

or upgrade Krita through Software Updater if a previous version was installed.

3. (Optional) To remove the PPA repository, launch Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab.

To remove Krita, run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove krita

Install Krita in Ubuntu 16.04

The latest Krita package is not made into PPA for Ubuntu 16.04 due to outdated system libraries. However, a single executable Appimage is available for 64-bit system:

[ac-button size=”medium” style=”flat” url=”” target=”_blank”]Download Krita 4.0 (.appimage)[/ac-button]

Grab the .appimage, and run the file to launch Krita after making it executable (Properties -> Permissions).

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  1. Hi there, Thanks for the tip! I have downloaded the Krita Appimage and made it executable.

    But the problem I face is that, when I press RIGHT CLICK of my mouse, there are no brushes displayed. Can you help me with this?

    Thank you.

  2. This application failed to start because it could not find or load the Qt platform plugin “xcb”
    in “”.

    Available platform plugins are: dxcb, eglfs, linuxfb, minimal, minimalegl, offscreen, vnc, wayland-egl, wayland, wayland-xcomposite-egl, wayland-xcomposite-glx, xcb.

    Reinstalling the application may fix this problem.

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