Somehow I've gone and messed up my GIMP settings -- the application looks all messed up to the point where I can't even find the menus. See below:

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I'm not interested in trying to fix it through GIMP itself, I just want to reinstall with default settings. I've tried:

sudo apt-get remove gimp
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get install gimp

sudo apt-get purge gimp
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get install gimp

and in both cases, when I reinstall GIMP, it still has all my old settings like in the picture. Is there a directory I have to delete somewhere? Why isn't apt removing my settings for me?


Try deleting ~/.gimp. If you can't find that, it might be called something else, like ~/.gimp-2.6.

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  • Hey that worked, thanks! Do you think that the expected behavior for a user would/should be to have all these settings purged when removed/purged? Is this something that should be brought up in a Gimp or Apt issue tracker or other feedback mechanism? – Josh Lemer Sep 25 '16 at 20:17
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    @JoshLemer AFAIK the intent of apt-get purge is to remove system configuration files - since Linux follows a multi-user model, it is considered bad practice for administrative commands to mess with a user's config files – steeldriver Sep 25 '16 at 21:37

I knows it's a very late answer, but this worked for me:

sudo apt-get autoremove gimp
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    Normally completely useless to reinstall Gimp, renaming the profile is enough in 99.99% of the cases. – xenoid Jul 28 '18 at 7:15

Since this question resurfaced, try in that order:

  • Edit>Preferences>Windows management -> Reset saved window positions do default values (other Preference tabs also have a button to reset settings to defaults: Tool options, Interface, Input devices )
  • In the Gimp profile, erase the sessionrc file (which is where windows positions are remembered)
  • Rename the Gimp profile (so Gimp recreates one, and you can copy useful things form the old to the new)
  • Reinstall Gimp (but never had to go that far)
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