Try as I might, I cannot come up with a terminal command that will install Gimp 2.10.6 from the flatpak package.

I have tried:

sudo apt-get install computer/home/paul/downloads/org.gimp.gimp.flatpackref

& I get the error message:

cannot find package 'home/paul/downloads/org.gimp.gimp.flatpakref

So I tried:

sudo apt-get install computer/home/paul/downloads/org.gimp.gimp.flatpackref  --directory 

& I get:

confused with options presented with --directory

So I tried:

sudo apt-get install computer/home/paul/downloads/org.gimp.gimp.flatpackref
 --directory /home/paul/cache/org.gimp.gimp.flatpakref

I tried each command several times with different derivations and I got the error messages every time. Terminal either says I haven't specified the target, or if I do, it says

confused by options presented with --directory.

I need someone to give me a command line prompt that will install the Linux gimp 2.10.6 package @ home/paul/ applications or home/paul/cache.


2 Answers 2


You install the flatpak Gimp using flatpak itself, not Apt. As far as I can tell:

  • Install flatpak:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexlarsson/flatpak
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install flatpak
  • Add the flatpak repo (could already be set):

    flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
  • Install Gimp:

    flatpak install flathub org.gimp.GIMP
  • Run Gimp:

    flatpak run org.gimp.GIMP

(from the current Howtos, but installing flatpak Gimp on my 16.04 was a no-brainer)

You will also update Gimp the same way, possibly with just a:

flatpak update

Thank you very much Xenoid for your information. I successfully executed several of the commands you gave me and was able to install flatpak.

Then I did another search and found this article on itsfoss which has a real gold mine of advice about how to load Gimp 2.10 into Ubuntu. I used the following instructions, and terminal loaded Gimp right up! :-)

Method 1: Installing GIMP 2.10 via Snap Packages

You can use Snap for installing GIMP 2.10. If you are using Ubuntu, you are good. For other Linux distributions, please make sure that you have Snap support enabled.

With Snap installed, all you have to do is to use the Snap command:

snap install gimp

That’s it. GIMP 2.10.x will be installed.

This is what I did and it worked like a charm! Problem fixed!


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