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Open source painting software Pinta 1.7 was released a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 18.04.

Pinta 1.7 is the first release in over 5 years. Release highlights include:

  • Added a tab view to switch between images.
  • Rotate / Zoom dialog now supports zooming and panning
  • Added a Smooth Erase tool
  • The Pencil tool can switch between different blend modes.
  • Added support for JASC PaintShop Pro palette files.
  • The transform tools can now rotate in fixed increments by holding Shift.
  • The Move Selected tool can now scale by holding Ctrl.
  • Dragging and dropping a URL (e.g. image from a web browser) to download and open the image
  • Rewritten user guide.
  • See release note for details.

How to Install Pinta 1.7 in Ubuntu:

The Pinta official PPA has made the packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Linux Mint 19,x and 20.

1. Open terminal from system application menu, and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pinta-maintainers/pinta-stable

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

2. Then you can upgrade Pinta from an old release via Software Updater (Update Manager):

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

sudo apt update

sudo apt install pinta


To remove the PPA repository, either use Software & Updates -> Other Software, or run command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:pinta-maintainers/pinta-stable

And remove Pinta if you want via command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove pinta

pinta 1.6

Pinta, free and open-source drawing and editing software, has recently reached the 1.6 release with redesigned shape tools and various fixes.

Since Ubuntu repositories still provides Pinta 1.3, the 1.6 release now features:

  • Redesigned shape tools (demo video):
    • The Line tool now supports drawing curves and arrows
    • Shapes remain editable after being drawn
    • All shape tools now support drawing dashed lines
  • All selection tools now support the Union, Exclude, Xor, and Intersection modes
  • New community add-in repository – add-ins can be installed through the Add-in Manager dialog (via the Add-ins menu)
  • Redesigned New Image dialog, which includes presets, orientation and background options, and a thumbnail preview of the image.
  • The toolbox and color palette now have a flexible layout and can expand horizontally, making them significantly more usable on small screens.
  • When launching Pinta from the command line, the standard --version and --help options are now supported.

There are also numerous bugs has been fixed in this release, see the full list of bug-fixes.

How to Install/Upgrade to Pinta 1.6:

Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint 17/17.1 users can easily install or upgrade to Pinta 1.6 from its official PPA repository.

First open up terminal, and then run command to add the Pinta PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pinta-maintainers/pinta-stable


After that, upgrade Pinta through Software Updater (or Update Manager) after checking for updates (or clicking the refresh button).

upgrade to pinta 1.6

Or install Pinta directly through Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager.