Krita 4.2.0 Released with HDR Displays Support (Howto-Install)

Last updated: May 29, 2019


Digital painting software Krita 4.2.0 was released today with exciting new features. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and higher.

Krita 4.2.0 release highlights:

  • Updated support for drawing tablets
  • Support for HDR monitors on Windows
  • A new color gamut docker.
  • Improved color palette docker
  • Scripting API for animation
  • Improved selection handling
  • Much nicer handling of the interaction between opacity and flow
  • And much more other changes.

How to Install Krita 4.2.0 in Ubuntu:

There are a few ways running or installing the latest Krita in Ubuntu desktop: Appimage, Snap, Krita Lime PPA, Flatpak.

Krita Snap:

Krita 4.2.0 snap package (containerised software package) is available in Ubuntu Software for Ubuntu 18.04 and higher.

For Ubuntu 16.04, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run following commands one by one to install Krita 4.2.0 snap package:

sudo apt-get install snapd
sudo snap install krita

Krita Lime PPA:

Though Krita Lime PPA is not updated at the moment for the new release, you can add the PPA and receive updates in 2 or 3 days via Software Updater in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from software launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kritalime/ppa

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then upgrade Krita via Software Updater:

or run command in terminal to install or upgrade the painting software:

sudo apt install krita

Krita Appimage:

Appimage is a single executable (enable in file Properties -> Permissions) file allows to run program in most Linux desktop.

Krita Flatpak:

It’s a containerised software package maintained by the community. It’s available in flathub.

Uninstall Krita:

To remove the Krita snap package, either use Ubuntu Software or run command in terminal:

sudo snap remove krita

To remove Krita installed via PPA, run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove krita

To remove Krita Lime PPA, go to Software & Updates -> Other Softwaretab, and remove the relevant repository line.


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