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Ubuntu 12.04 comes with Gimp 2.6, so I installed Gimp 2.8 using the instructions below:

sudo apt-get purge gimp*  
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp  
sudo apt-get update  
sudo apt-get install gimp

When try to open help, I get the message below. How do I install and configure the help for 2.8 on Ubuntu?

Dialog that says: "The GIMP user manual is not installed on your computer. You may either install the additional help package or change your preferences to use the online version". It has two buttons: "Cancel", and "Read Online".

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Most likely, the PPA does not contain the required package for the documentation, or GIMP's documentation has not been made ready yet for 2.8.

In any case, try

apt-cache search gimp-help

and install the appropriate package for your language.

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You are correct, the PPA most certainly does not. – izx Jul 15 '12 at 8:09
sudo apt-get install gimp-help-en installed the 2.6 version help and not 2.8. 2.8 help is available at, but I am not sure how to integrate it with Gimp. – Praveen Sripati Jul 15 '12 at 8:12
@PraveenSripati You might contact the PPA maintainer and ask if they can package the appropriate version of gimp-help as well. (They might not, but it's worth asking.) Also, the upcoming release of Ubuntu--Quantal--will have gimp 2.8. It's still in development and it still has gimp-help 2.6, but once that's updated Quantal is released, you could request a backport. – Eliah Kagan Jul 16 '12 at 13:59

I'm working on it.

There are some some compiling issues.

Please wait.

Thorsten Stettin

It looks good.

Please wait for publishing on my Gimp PPA.

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Use Synaptic package manager (System/Administration/Synaptic Package Manager) and search gimp help in the search box. Mark the package of your language for installation and click apply. Give password when required.

I don't know why they haven't added help as default with the package as gimp is for advanced uses. Any way, enjoy :)

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I recommend editing this to explain how to install and run Synaptic on Ubuntu 12.04, as there is not (or not obviously) any way to go to System > Administration in Unity, and Synaptic is not installed by default. – Eliah Kagan Feb 17 '13 at 15:41

I tried to install gimp-8.2.6 from gimp website, and downloaded tar.bz2. Inside its install instructions, there are more requirements and some what complex. So i decided to install from package.

  1. open terminal
  2. sudo apt-get update "This is to check the version all-ready available in software center."
  3. Open software center > search or go to gimp = check the version is latest(8.2.6) or not (It will be at, before the reviews/comments.)
  4. If latest version intall.


  1. open terminal
  2. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
  3. sudo apt-get update
  4. Open software center > go to gimp > check the version > install



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You can install the Documentation for the GIMP (English), from Ubuntu Apps, by clicking English Documentation Install comixcursors-lefthanded.

You can check out Ubuntu Apps for more languages.

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