Does anyone know of a simple Image Editor, with functionality comparable to Paint.NET, for Ubuntu? I've always found GIMP to be overkill and too complicated for what I want to do.

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    There are several image editing packages in the software centre. Select "Graphics" then "Painting & Editing" for a list. You may like Pinta - Quite basic but there are plenty of others – Warren Hill May 3 '14 at 13:10
  • @WarrenHill I had already did that, years ago. That might give me a list, that doesn't mean those programs are any good. Besides, not all programs are in the Software Center. – jumpnett Jul 1 '14 at 3:32
  • You can make GIMP look a lot better by going to Windows -> Single Window Mode. – Aaron Franke Mar 12 '17 at 5:26
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    I don't think this question is actually too broad. There aren't that many raster graphics editors for Ubuntu that are simple, while nonetheless possessing the features people are accustomed to from programs like Paint.NET, much less ones that are similar to Paint.NET. I'm voting to reopen this. – Eliah Kagan Apr 27 '18 at 17:56

Yes, try PintaInstall mypaint

Pinta is a drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET. It's goal is to provide a simplified alternative to GIMP for casual users. It is currently early in development.

Pinta screenshot

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    The toolbars have almost the same button layout as the GIMP! – Nathan Osman Jul 28 '10 at 21:30
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    As of maverick, it can be found in the official repository as well. – andrewsomething Oct 3 '10 at 4:18
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    it's useable but crashes very often. – naXa Oct 21 '18 at 7:23
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    For anyone reading this, do not use Pinta. Its usability is far behind Paint.NET and I have lost data multiple times because Pinta randomly crashes and makes the entire computer unresponsive, forcing a reboot. – Toast Aug 25 '19 at 18:56
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    Pinta crashes for me just about everytime I use it. Can't do simple things without crashing. – Lance Feb 11 '20 at 21:02

Krita is a good alternative for paint.net, for it resembles paint.net most in term of look & feel (and functions).

I worked with paint.net for years (on Win7), now changed to Ubuntu 18.04 and do work with Krita as I have been used to with paint.net

Do NOT use Pinta. While the original recommendation for this tool might have been true at the time of writing, this does no longer apply. Development for Pinta stopped in 2015, see: [Pinta] (https://pinta-project.com/pintaproject/pinta/releases/1-6)

Pinta is unstable at least for Ubuntu 18.04.

  • Krita is a good alternative. Copy that. – karel Jan 28 '20 at 13:49
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    Development of Pinta is back, it seems. They've released a new version in August 2020. – geekley Sep 21 '20 at 19:42

Are you looking for something like TuxPaint?

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    That is one ugly GUI. – levesque Jul 28 '10 at 21:38
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    It answers the question so I +1'd it. Don't really think its fair for it to be in the negatives. I mean, its for 3-12 year olds so it has to be simple! – mathepic Feb 22 '11 at 2:03
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    haha. I love it. – Jim Schubert Feb 23 '11 at 5:29
  • Click in the picture to fill that area with color, that seems a little irregular... – Star OS Dec 21 '15 at 9:10
  • my 3-years-old niece loves the android-version. – DJCrashdummy Apr 28 '18 at 7:36

mypaint Install mypaint is also great and simple. It is in the software center.

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    Yeah, I agree, my paint is great, but it is more for digital painting, instead of quick photo edits. – jumpnett Feb 23 '11 at 18:51

You might also want to check out Krita or for plain photo editing digikam with its plugins.

Both are packaged in Ubuntu. Also for kids related drawing tuxpaint is great.


There's Pinta as David points out, which clones the user interface and took the same open sourced code to implement image adjustements and effects. There are other lightweight alternatives that might fit the bill if you don't require features such as layers or filters: Gnome Paint and KolourPaint for KDE.

The Gnome Paint site hosts a DEB file, so you can download that and double click to install. To install KolourPaint:

sudo apt-get install kolourpaint4

Or search for it on the Software Center. Note that if you don't currently have any other KDE app, then installing KolourPaint will also install other KDE specific libraries that will take a considerable amout of disk space. That being said, I found KolourPaint more feature complete than Gnome Paint.

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