What i want is to run from terminal sudo apt-get install gimp but also install all the available plugins!

So, i tried this sudo apt-get install gimp* BUT this installed all the packages with name gimpblablabla. So which is the right way to do this?


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So, from software center i am installing gimp and check all the boxes for what i want! The alternative to it from terminal is sudo apt-get install gimp gimp-plugin-registry gimp-cbmplugs extremetuxracer-gimp-dev?NO right?

Well, that question was not only for gimp but for other applications too!So, i want this for a deeper knowledge of installing from terminal! If i want to list for example the available plugins for gimp what is the way?

I hope it is not so confusing! Thanks very much for your answers!

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    Yes you would need to type all those names out. But this is a one time action (unless new plugins are created) since you can save it in a textfile and execute the install command from the textfile ;) TO ME it would have made a lot of sense if those creators of those packages would have started the name of their packages with gimp-plugin... or another common dominator... but alas. – Rinzwind Apr 30 '12 at 11:19

You can use

apt-cache search gimp

to find all packages with gimp in the name or short description. You can also then pipe that to grep and search for ones that also mention "plugin":

apt-cache search gimp | grep plugin
  • Well this is SOMETHING! You are very close for what i want, REALLY! Well is this command searching the plugins only within the repository , for example, of canonical? – gabriel Apr 30 '12 at 15:37
  • Yep, only searching plugins which have an official package in the repositories that you have installed (just Canonical by default). – labarna May 3 '12 at 20:03

You need to find out all the package names that you want to install and then you can put them behind gimp (with a space in between)

So ...

sudo apt-get install gimp gimp-data-extras gimp-flegita 
gimp-gmic gimp-gutenprint gimp-plugin-registry gimp-cbmplugs 
extremetuxracer-gimp-dev gvfs-backends xcftools

Oh and you can leave out gimp (it will install itself due to you installing gimp-plugin-registry).


  • gimp-flegita is a plugin to add scanners to gimp
  • gimp-gmic is a pluging to manipulate GREYC's Magic Image Converter
  • Could you explain please the gimp-flegita or gimp-gmic etc?I want a generic way to install everything i want from terminal and with no GUI. Can i someway list the packages of an application? – gabriel Apr 30 '12 at 15:39

Gimp plug-ins and extensions ( script-fu ) is different by repositories. Each script-fu or extension written by different authors. So probably orient work to tasks is more right way ...
Common way is:
Install Script-Fus

cd home/username/.gimp-2.x/scripts
wget <URL to script filename.tar/.tar.bz2/.tar.gz etc>
sudo tar -xvfz <filename.tar/.tar.bz2/.tar.gz etc>
sudo rm -rf <filename.tar/.tar.bz2/.tar.gz etc>

You can check and get links and filenames here:
GIMP Plugin Registry Glossary

  • HOW CAN I SEE THOSE SCRIPTS FROM TERMINAL SWIFT? I want to use only the terminal!thanks – gabriel Apr 30 '12 at 15:35
  • it depends what you want to do – swift May 1 '12 at 2:03

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