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how to install gimp webp plugin? I found out that we can do it using with gimp-plugin-registry, but donno how. I have install gimp-plugin-registry extension for gimp from ubuntu software center, now what should i do?

I also found out that we can put plugins in /usr/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/, so i tried to compile the gimp webp plugin src. I installed libwebp-dev and ran make in plugin source folder. It says

Package gtk+-2.0 was not found in the pkg-config search path.

so i decided to install libgtk package but i found both libgtk2.0-dev and libgtk-3-dev. Is libgtk-3-dev is latest release of the libgtk2.0-dev? If so is it ok if I installed the later one?

I want to know at least how to install the plugin with gimp-plugin-registry and i will be more happy if i can do it by compiling src.


I've installed libgtk-3-dev and ran make and it threw same error, I carried on with libgtk2.0-dev, Now it throws Package gimp-2.0 was not found in the pkg-config search path. There is no gimp-dev in repositories! I got stuck!

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possible duplicate of Is it possible to view WebP images in nautilus / photo program? – rds Oct 18 '13 at 12:56
You need to run sudo apt-get install libgimp2.0-dev; that should make compilation possible. My answer for this question might be helpful. – user76204 Nov 8 '13 at 17:55
The latest version of the source is available here: I believe gimp 2.6 may be required – Elder Geek Jun 19 '14 at 17:54

I have updated the packages available in the WebP PPA to the latest Ubuntu releases. After adding the PPA, you can use the plugin simply by installing the gimp-webp package.

I also migrated the plugin over to CMake, so building the plugin is a lot easier now:

  1. Install the following packages:

    sudo apt-get install build-essential git cmake libgimp2.0-dev libwebp-dev
  2. Checkout the source code:

    git clone
  3. cd to the new directory and create a build/ directory:

    cd gimp-webp
    mkdir build
    cd build
  4. Build the plugin:

    cmake ..
  5. Install the plugin:

    sudo make install

That's it!

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