Greetings, I'm slowly getting used to Ubuntu; for I've been a Windows user as long as I've used any computer. I'm hoping someone can suggest a good graphics software.

I'm simply looking for one that works close to Microsoft Paint.
Does Ubuntu offer anything like it?

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    @Lucio That question is asking for editors that don't have tools like brush, pencil, erase, and so forth, and which are in effect mainly image viewers, with minimal editing functions like changing the image's orientation. This is quite different. – Eliah Kagan Aug 18 '14 at 0:22
  • In my opinion, the other question address the requirements for a MS Paint similar app. Look at the accepted answers of both questions, they recommend the same app! But, as you say, someone might look for a different point of view. It is pretty tiny and subjective the difference here. – Lucio Aug 18 '14 at 0:27
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    Shouldn't the other question be closed instead, if any? This question is older and more popular. – Pavel V. May 1 '15 at 9:25
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    This is not a duplicate. The current top answer may be Pinta for both questions, but that's because Pinta is a very versatile piece of software. The OP's intention is very different in the "duplicate" question. – dinosaur Jul 16 '16 at 6:00

The closest MS Paint clone is Pinta. I regard it as vastly superior to MS Paint, but it retains its simplicity.

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Install via the software center

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    +1 for Pinta, for newbies to linux its a better alternative than Gimp – Chakra Apr 23 '11 at 9:59
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    +1, did what I wanted. Good screenshot btw - immediately tells you if this program is what you're looking for. – Jonik Jun 15 '11 at 9:28
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    Did the dog eat one of the two "I"s? ;) Just downloaded it, great software, +1. – Anonymous Penguin Jul 9 '14 at 21:06
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    +1 for Pinta. I'm a longtime MS Paint user. Struggled with both Gimp and ImageMagick on Ubuntu. I just installed Pinta. Took 5 minutes to install on Ubuntu 14.04 (sudo apt-get install pinta) and 5 minutes to figure out how to use. So far I've used it to copy, paste, erase, select colors, fill regions with color, and to draw rectangles, lines, ellipses and text. – Steve Saporta Feb 9 '16 at 21:40
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    Not works with Ubuntu 18.04 - crashes when start image editing – Pavlo Morozov Dec 21 '18 at 10:12

There is also Gnome Paint.


Install via the software center

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    Erm... "Sorry, but the zoom feature has not been implemented yet." – platzhirsch Nov 6 '13 at 18:49
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    Erm... "Sorry, but the selection feature has not been implemented yet." up to 30 march 2014 – Mohammad Reza Rezwani Mar 30 '14 at 18:17
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    Erm... Yea you get it, still not implemented. – Richard de Wit Jun 17 '15 at 7:31
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    Erm... "Sorry, but the text feature has not been implemented yet." – Tino Jan 21 '16 at 0:39
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    This looks like an MS Paint exact clone...except without many of the features implemented yet...still, as of 9 June 2016. So, if you really want something simple and sweet to keep the kids entertained, KolourPaint is it! sudo apt-get install kolourpaint4 – Gabriel Staples Jun 10 '16 at 2:08

For a basic MS Paint clone I would also suggest xpaint and kolourpaint. Both are available on the Software Centre.

xpaint: xpaint

kolourpaint: kolourpaint

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    Kolorpaint is the most MS-Paint-like one I've found. – Andrew Lambert Apr 23 '11 at 17:02
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    But its meant for KDE, right? Meaning tons of libraries downloaded in vanilla Ubuntu? – MestreLion Jun 7 '11 at 12:49
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    +1 for Kolorpaint. Too bad it drags with it a million KDE dependencies. – Gabriel May 24 '15 at 15:39
  • Sadly, xpaint looks nice but is absurd: Things which are best done with keyboard are implemented mouse only. Things which are best implemented with mouse are keyboard only. Undo is very limited (why?). Magnifier is modal (wtf?). Not WYSIWYG (WTF!?!) when adding shapes. etc. etc. etc. sigh. – Tino Jan 21 '16 at 0:55
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    +1 for kolourpaint, too. Easy to use, does the job, WYSIWYG, etc. No quirks found yet. – Tino Jan 21 '16 at 0:59

mtPaint is a lightweight equivalent of Microsoft Paint. It is lighter (requires only 1 MB to install because it depends on GTK which Ubuntu has out-of-the-box) than Pinta, which needs 20 MB disc space on a standard Ubuntu install because of the Mono dependency.

mtPaint is documented, unlike Pinta: mtPaint handbook

  • available in the mtpaint package too – Janus Troelsen Dec 17 '12 at 12:35
  • +1 for mtPaint. Comes with Lubuntu, works just fine. – Organic Marble Sep 1 '16 at 0:10
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    The people who write mtPaint should go join the Pinta team and improve Pinta. – Nathan Feb 12 '19 at 18:09
  • the most lightweight yet usable alternative from all answers – törzsmókus Mar 3 '20 at 9:14
  • Be aware quite a lot of features are missing - for instance I cannot find a way to draw a rectangle, there's only a freehand pencil tool for drawing. – user426293 Apr 19 '20 at 14:54

Ubuntu has gimp in the repository. It is far more powerful than paint, but you needn't use all functions. You just need an good introduction.

At Meet the Gimp there are many, many comfortable video-tutorials. It isn't easy to not get lost in the big number of options with gimp, but sooner or later you need more, than some simple program is offering. So it might be more easy to learn one program in depth, than first an easy one, and then the more complicated one too.

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    I find GIMP to be incredible hard to use if one wants only to draw shapes. – Georg Schölly Apr 23 '11 at 9:28
  • You're right, Georg: Gimp isn't easy. So I added a link to a collection of online-video tutorials to gimp. – user unknown Apr 23 '11 at 14:03
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    Give it a try to start the gimp from the command line with --no-splash --no-data (and maybe some other option). Then it starts up faster (not the very first time, though), the GUI is less cluttered and it looks like a simple paint program. – knb Apr 23 '11 at 18:57
  • Which gimp version do you need for that? With 2.6.8 I have nearly the same or the same UI, just the splash animation is missing. – user unknown Apr 23 '11 at 23:04
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    Any paint program that requires a video tutorial TO DRAW A FILLED RECTANGLE has failed. – breakpoint May 29 '19 at 0:13

Look at shutter, the feature rich screenshot tool. In Microsoft App terms, it is actually a combination of the snipping tool and ms paint.

It captures screenshots, but it also has an edit mode for the screenshots (or some file you can load from your hard drive) with some basic drawing tools, which are well thought-out and quite usable for inserting arrows and numbers into images, cropping, etc. Things you do to images to cut +paste them into presentations after editing.

Click here to install shutter: Install shutter.

  • Shutter has very nice features like cropping, annotation with text, arrows and shapes as well as blurring. Perfect for screenshots and also good for other purposes. – Martin Ueding Jun 7 '11 at 17:57
  • I've used shutter a lot for screenshotting, it's great for that, but it's not much like MsPaint when it comes to quick and simple drawing etc. – user985366 Nov 21 '18 at 17:16

It isn't Paint exactly but I really like Inkscape. It is a vector graphics editor.

Maybe that is more than you want.


Its also in the repository

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    InkScape is definitely the easiest and most powerful graphics program I've used, specially for drawing shapes and editing them. However, with my tablet, I sometimes need to scribble text and a dot is not easy to create. For example, when writing freehand text, suppose I want to write a lowercase 'i', the dot won't be visible. But then again, there are alternatives to it and still InkScape is my first choice. – itsols Jan 18 '15 at 13:05
  • InkScape is very powerful tool, I have been using that a lot. – vasilakisfil Mar 10 '17 at 11:10

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