How to Install GIMP on Fedora 35

GIMP is free, open-source raster graphics editing software primarily used for image manipulation and image editing, transcoding between various image formats, free-form drawing, and many more specialized tasks. GIMP is released under GPL-3.0-or-later license and is available for Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

In the following tutorial, you will learn to install the GIMP application on Fedora using three alternative methods that you can choose from.

Prerequisites

  • Recommended OS: Fedora Linux 35
  • User account: A user account with sudo or root access.

Update Operating System

Update your Fedora operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh -y

The tutorial will be using the sudo command and assuming you have sudo status.

To verify sudo status on your account:

sudo whoami

Example output showing sudo status:

[joshua@fedora ~]$ sudo whoami
root

To set up an existing or new sudo account, visit our tutorial on Adding a User to Sudoers on Fedora.

To use the root account, use the following command with the root password to log in.

su

Option 1. Install GIMP with DNF Manager

The first option is to use the default dnf repository provided by Fedora’s repository. This is a stable and secure version and is most recommended to install over any other package manager. Due to Fedora’s 6-month release schedule, you should always have one of the latest versions installed of GIMP.

First, execute the following dnf install command:

sudo dnf install gimp

Example output:

How to Install GIMP on Fedora 35

Type “Y”, then press the “ENTER KEY” to proceed with the installation.

Once installed, confirm the installation by checking the version build in your terminal.

gimp --version

Example output:

GNU Image Manipulation Program version 2.10.24

In the future, updates are handled using the dnf upgrade –refresh commands, respectively.

To remove GIMP when installed using the dnf package manager, use the following command.

sudo dnf autoremove gimp

Example:

How to Install GIMP on Fedora 35

Type “Y”, then press the “ENTER KEY” to proceed with the removal.

Note that this will remove GIMP entirely from your system and all dependencies GIMP installed during the initial installation.

Option 2. Install GIMP with Snap (Snapcraft)

The second option is to use the Snap package manager. Fedora users may be familiar with Snap as it is created and maintained by Ubuntu; however, it is not natively installed on your system. However, this can be installed relatively quickly.

To install Snap, use the following command:

sudo dnf install snapd

Example output:

How to Install GIMP on Fedora 35

Type “Y”, then press the “ENTER KEY” to proceed with the installation.

Once Snap is installed, it is highly recommended to log out and back in again or restart your service to ensure snap’s paths are updated correctly.

sudo systemctl restart snapd

Next, some packages come in classic, so you need to create a symlink to enable classic snap support.

sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap

Next, you need to install the “snap core files” for everything to work correctly. Failure to do this may result in issues down the track.

sudo snap install core

Example output:

core 16-2.51.7 from Canonical✓ installed

Next, install the GIMP package using snap:

sudo snap install gimp

Example output:

gimp 2.10.24 from Snapcrafters installed

As above, this informs you the GIMP was successfully installed and the version number.

Snap packages are more significant in size than traditional repositories through the dnf package manager for several reasons. However, the trade-off is more straightforward maintained packages that are often updated to the latest available version.

For the future, to update along with and any other packages installed by Snap, run the following command:

sudo snap refresh

If you no longer need to have GIMP installed, remove it using the Snap remove command.

sudo snap remove gimp

Example output:

gimp removed

Option 3. Install GIMP with Flatpak

The third option is to use the Flatpak package manager. By default, this comes installed on Fedora unless you removed it. This is another popular option similar to Snap.

First, install Flatpak and its dependencies if you have removed the package manager previously.

sudo dnf install flatpak -y

Next, you need to enable Flatpack for Fedora using the following command in your terminal:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Now install SNAP using the following flatpak command:

flatpak install flathub org.gimp.GIMP

Example output:

How to Install GIMP on Fedora 35

Type “Y” X2 times, then press the “ENTER KEY” X2 times to proceed with the installation.

Updates are handled by Flatpack automatically every time you log into your system. If you would like to check for updates manually, use the following command.

flatpak update

To remove the Flatpack version of GIMP, run the following command:

flatpak removeflathub org.gimp.GIMP

Example output:

How to Install GIMP on Fedora 35

Type “Y” X2 times, then press the “ENTER KEY” X2 times to remove using Flatpack.

How to Launch GIMP

Now that you have the GIMP client installed, launching can be done in two ways.

In your terminal type:

gimp

If you would like to launch GIMP and use the terminal, send it to the background:

gimp &

Lastly, Flatpak users can run from the terminal using the following command.

flatpak run org.gimp.GIMP

However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open with the path: Activities > Show Applications > GNU Image Manipulation Program. If you cannot find it, use the search function in the Show Applications menu if you have many applications installed.

Example:

How to Install GIMP on Fedora 35

Once you open GIMP, you will see the first default landing screen.

Example:

How to Install GIMP on Fedora 35

Congratulations, you have successfully installed GIMP.

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to add the official GIMP application on your Fedora desktop in two different ways.

Overall, GIMP stands above many other applications of its nature as it offers a great, streamlined workflow which makes it easier for beginners to get started with the application. GIMP also has an easy-to-customize UI that can help accelerate workflows in online digital photography. It is worth a look.



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