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 May 3, 2014 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, 2014 at 3:32
  • You can make GIMP look a lot better by going to Windows -> Single Window Mode. Mar 12, 2017 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. Apr 27, 2018 at 17:56

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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! Jul 28, 2010 at 21:30
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    As of maverick, it can be found in the official repository as well. Oct 3, 2010 at 4:18
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    it's useable but crashes very often. Oct 21, 2018 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, 2019 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, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 at 19:42
  • Pinta is still being actively developed as of 2022, and it runs fine on Ubuntu 20.04 Jan 15, 2022 at 15:24
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    @HammanSamuel You are correct in that Pinta is still under development. However, the official build under apt is only up to 1.6-2. For the latest version, 2.0.2, you gotta download either flatpak or snap package. But yes, 1.6-2 is glitchy on Ubuntu 20.04
    – Antony
    Mar 21, 2022 at 3:01

Are you looking for something like TuxPaint?

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    That is one ugly GUI.
    – levesque
    Jul 28, 2010 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, 2011 at 2:03
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    haha. I love it. Feb 23, 2011 at 5:29
  • Click in the picture to fill that area with color, that seems a little irregular...
    – Star OS
    Dec 21, 2015 at 9:10
  • my 3-years-old niece loves the android-version. Apr 28, 2018 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, 2011 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.


uh. now there are many, here is my list:

  • pinta
  • inkscape
  • paintsupreme3d
  • kolourpaint
  • krita
  • pixelorama
  • paintPP
  • rx
  • vectr

and if you want paint for 3d objects here is another list:

  • goxel
  • blender
  • openscad
  • titania x3d

PS: you can also use libre/open office draw to create graphics ;)

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    Only image editors that are designed for raster images are relevant to this question. So vector or 3d editors aren't appropriate. For the applications that are raster editors, it would help if you explain their features, in other words, make the case for why they should be considered.
    – jumpnett
    May 10, 2021 at 20:49
  • Ah, okay i read that too fast :’D
    – hacknorris
    May 11, 2021 at 3:26

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