I ordered a new computer with Windows 8 to test before rolling out. It arrived with Ubuntu 12.04. Rather then just send it back, I decided to check it out first as I think the system is probably much better than the MS options. However, try as I might, I cannot get a PPA set up. I'm trying to install Pinta-Paint but can't find the line to copy into the software centre. Please could someone point me in the right direction.


Pinta Repository - Ubuntu Precise

Pinta is available in a software repository, or PPA. In an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution it is very easy to add a new PPA to your software repository lists to install new software or provide system updates.

For more information on PPA's click here.

After installing a repository one of the easiest ways to install almost any application is to use the Ubuntu Software Center. If you already have this in your repository list continue to Installing Pinta via the Ubuntu Software Center.

Copy, one line at a time, to install the following PPA to get the latest stable release and paste them in a terminal and press Enter

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pinta-maintainers/pinta-stable

Once you've installed the above PPA, then you must update you system with their package lists. Run the following command:

sudo apt-get update

Once you have a PPA setup with Pinta on it and have updated your package list, you are now ready to install Pinta.

Installing Pinta via the Terminal

Open terminal with Ctrl+Alt+Tkey-shortcut and after the PPA has been setup (see above), you can easily install Pinta from the terminal with this command:

sudo apt-get install pinta

Installing Pinta via the Ubuntu Software Center:

Once you have the PPA's setup and your system updated with their package list, now we can install Pinta via the Ubuntu Software Center:

  1. Launch the Ubuntu Software Center
  2. Search for pinta
  3. Click the 'Install' button to install Pinta.
  4. Once it is installed you can now use Pinta. Navigate to: MenuGraphicsPinta (This is the default location in most menu systems. Your results may vary.)
  • Thank you. I've managed to install it via the Ubuntu Software Center (couldn't find the 'terminal') although I didn't need to add 'sudo apt' as it wouldn't accept it. All I needed was from 'ppa'. Not sure that's right, but it worked! Many thanks although I could really do with understanding it a bit better. All the info I can find seems to assume I know more than I do! – user268531 Apr 14 '14 at 17:52
  • @user268531: I added the terminal key-shortcuts to 'Installing Pinta via the Terminal'. Please accept my answer! askubuntu.com/help/accepted-answer – v2r Apr 15 '14 at 20:33
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    The terminal emulator in Linux is like the Command Prompt that people are using in Windows. Since you'll be needing it for many, many operations in Ubuntu Linux, you should know that you can open the terminal emulator by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for it typing terminal in the search field. – Taz D. Apr 15 '14 at 22:21
  • ppa is out of date and not supported for current versions of ubuntu – user3494047 Jun 28 '20 at 7:25

Assuming the repo hasn't moved it should be:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:moonlight-team/pinta
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install pinta

See also the installation section here: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/05/pinta-paint-net-clone-adds-new-tools-features


I only know about Pinta package but I have also found something else called Pinta – Paint.NET clone for linux. If you want to install this one, all you have to do is to type the following codes in a terminal emulator:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:moonlight-team/pinta

Input your password when asked for it, and press Enter to add the ppa to your Software Sources list. Next type these codes in the same terminal:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pinta

If you want to install latest stable release for Pinta (image editing software, Gimp replacement) then you can use these codes:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pinta-maintainers/pinta-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pinta

I never used the first one (Pinta – Paint.NET) but I am guessing this is the one you want since Pinta image editing package is already present in the Software Center list.

  • Yes - installed Pinta now. Hadn't realized I could find it in the Software Center List! Guess I have a ways to go to catch up! Still, it will be an interesting journey. Thanks – user268531 Apr 15 '14 at 22:11

As of November 2017, there seems to be no working ppa (neither moonlight-team nor pinta-maintainers).
Version 1.6 can still be installed from the Ubuntu Software Center and works mostly well.
A developer wrote in July 2017: Pinta development "has certainly slowed down - I haven't had very much free time to work on it lately." Hopefully this will change again.

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