I need a simple image editor tool to draw a simple box/rectangle in an existing image, and probably write a simple text in it.

A similar but not the same question has been asked here before: Simple image editor?

The problem is that none of the solutions given can draw a simple box in an existing image. Pinta looks good, but this tool always crashes and doesn't help at all.

Others such as Shotwell, GThumb, Shutter don't even have a tool to draw a simple rectangle at all.

I'm looking for a very simple tool that can draw a box on existing image like this.

highlight box on screenshot

Please do not suggest GIMP, as I'm looking for a very simple tool, probably like Pinta, but not buggy and must be stable.

  • See my answer to the linked question using Shutter here: askubuntu.com/a/1123740/163331
    – Parto
    Mar 25, 2019 at 15:15
  • I use Pinta, but it has a repeatable crash... but I've found a way around it... after editing an image... DO NOT click SAVE... just click the windows close button... then select SAVE when it asks you. Done.
    – heynnema
    Mar 25, 2019 at 15:32
  • @heynnema, thanks but the problem is I can't edit an image at all. Once it loaded, it hang, that's it.
    – Sabrina
    Mar 25, 2019 at 15:37
  • ALL images, or just a certain type?
    – heynnema
    Mar 25, 2019 at 15:38
  • Simple image, let say screenshot from my screen. I need this tool for documentation purpose. ksnip's answer from @DK Bose is the best at the moment
    – Sabrina
    Mar 25, 2019 at 15:40

3 Answers 3


If you're using a GNOME environment, try gpaint. It's in the universe repository:


If you're using a qt-based system such as Kubuntu or Lubuntu 18.10, try kolourpaint. It's in the universe repository:


If you want something a little advanced, try ksnip. Its homepage is here.

Various versions and package formats of ksnip are available from here as

(You need to expand the  Assets section below the relevant release to get the download links.)

ksnip AppImage

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    Thanks @DK Bose, ksnip looks like something that I'm looking for. This is the best answer so far. Let me test it first
    – Sabrina
    Mar 25, 2019 at 15:31
  • Oh, well. This gpaint looks like dumb way to go but it actually doesnt even have view scaling.
    – reddot
    Oct 14, 2019 at 16:48
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    I didn't know kolourpaint existed, upvoted +1!
    – Liso
    Apr 20, 2020 at 3:50
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    ksnip is just awesome! - Thanks +1
    – Waqas
    Dec 21, 2020 at 6:52
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    Yet another very good alternative is the app drawing. Available for most linux distros. Includes rectangles, text, arrows, filled boxes, etc., evertyhing you need to quickly annotate an image. Jan 30, 2023 at 12:55

When I need to edit a picture quickly, I do it through the web. Simply because it starts much faster than any "installed" app I ever tried :/

I use www.Photopea.com. To draw a rectangle, choose a Rectangle tool in the toolbar, set the Stroke to Red (or any other color) and Fill to None.

I think it is better than Pixlr, it doesn't require Flash and supports more input / output formats.

It also has advanced features. If you ever need to do more, it is easier to extend the knowledge of one advanced tool, than to learn 37 new single-purpose tools.

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    even better than mine! I'll be using this from now on!
    – tatsu
    Mar 25, 2019 at 15:37
  • I'm on Windows so when I need to make quick and simple edits to an image I use Paint. It might be limited in power but it also starts extremely quickly, in about 0.5s ;)
    – Clonkex
    Mar 26, 2019 at 3:10

when I want the simplest and the quickest, I personally think "web" not "app I'm going to download and install"


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