Install Gimp 2.8 on Ubuntu 12.04 and Mint 13

Don't do this on prior releases of the operating systems. There are reports of severe crashes (for me, there were only dependency errors but you never know)!

Gimp version 2.8 is now available as sourcecode and via ppa. It comes with an often requested single-window mode and a few other features. If you have any earlier versions of Gimp installed, purge those first:

sudo apt-get purge gimp*

To install it, add the ppa to your sources, update the apt database and install it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gimp

To enable single-window mode, open Gimp and select Windows > Single-Window Mode


12 thoughts on “Install Gimp 2.8 on Ubuntu 12.04 and Mint 13”

  1. WOW!!!

    sudo apt-get purge gimp*

    was all I needed the entire time. I was having so much trouble with this and no one once mentioned the asterisk. This not only fixed the gimp problem (I am now running 2.8 smoothly) but it fixed the Ubunto Software Center lock that I ran into trying to upgrade the first time.


  2. Awesome!!!

    Had much the same problem as “freemeliberty”

    Software center functions properly again
    Installing gimp =D

    Thank you!

  3. This worked fine for ubuntu 12.04 except that I finished up with gimp 2.6.12 not 2.8. I did not previously have 2.6.12 so it did work but I don’t yet have the long awaited 2.8 that I expected.

    Am I missing something (other than 2.8)?


    1. Strange! You could comment out all activated repositories in your /etc/apt/sources.list file and try again. Before that, purge gimp again. And be sure to remember which repos you commented out by, dunno, putting a triple-# in front of them (afterwards apt-get update). All the necessary gimp files are in the ppa apparantly, just tried it.

  4. This worked fine on fresh linux mint 13 install and I didn’t even have to purge and install. Only adding the ppa & issuing a aptitude safe-upgrade worked for me.

    However I had 2 issues adding the ppa.
    1. First add-apt-repository couldn’t connect to host. This was probably because in a fresh install Curl is not installed and add-apt-repository internally uses pycurl (probably a dependency issue and tough one to notice because curl gets pulled in pretty soon… ). Running “apt-get install curl” solved the problem for me.
    2. They key couldn’t be imported because gpgkeys reported “Connection timed out” to I don’t know if this has anything to do with being in India but I have had several problems from gpgkeys connecting to However, I can get to it on my web browser (yes, it is weird). So I visited the ppa page ( and downloaded the public key file to my computer. I did this by expanding “Technical details about this PPA” and clicking on the key value. In the search results clicking on the key again downloads the public key. I then tried “sudo apt-key adv –keyserver –recv-keys ” (replacing with the key found in the ppa website). This worked !

    I know this does the same as what the last step in add-apt-repository attempted and I don’t know why this worked but it did. If this had failed, my next step would have been to open software sources and authenticate the PPA manually using the public key file that I downloaded to my machine.

  5. On Mint Xfce Maya 64bit I only needed to do the following to upgrade to 2.8:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install gimp

    Thank you!

  6. I installed per your instructions. The Gimp launches fine without errors, but the layer effects plug-in does not appear to be working at all. Any ideas?

  7. Thanks for the post. I added the repositories as listed in Mint 13, replaced the ubuntu version with ‘precise’ and refreshed Synaptic and voila — Gimp 2.8.2 in all it’s single window glory!!

    It simply replaced the old 2.6 version on it’s own.


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