How to Install Krita on Linux Mint 21 LTS

Krita is a free and open-source graphics editing program popular among digital painters, 2D animators, and those who enjoy general image manipulation. Its wide range of features and ease of use make it an excellent choice for both beginners and professionals. Krita runs on Windows, macOS (both Intel 64bit), Linux hits, Android & Chrome OS systems and has something to offer everyone. With its extensive brush library and wide range of colors, Krita is perfect for creating digital paintings.

For those who prefer 2D animation, Krita offers a timeline mode that makes it easy to create smooth animations. And for anyone who enjoys playing around with images, Krita’s many filters and effects provide endless possibilities for experimentation. Whether you’re a professional artist or just starting with digital art, Krita will indeed have something to suit your needs.

The following tutorial will teach you how to install Krita on Linux Mint 21 LTS release series using the official PPA to install the command terminal’s digital editor.

Update Linux Mint

The first step is ensuring your system is up-to-date to avoid issues during the installation and for good practice. This is done by opening your terminal and using the following command.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Install Dependencies

Use the following command to install or check if the packages are installed.

sudo apt install dirmngr ca-certificates software-properties-common gnupg gnupg2 apt-transport-https -y

Import KritaLime PPA

First, import the “Krita Lime” team PPA containing the latest version.

Before importing the GPG key, users will often have issues importing GPG keys from LaunchPAD PPAs due to the directories not being created. This is an easy fix. Use the following command that will, in turn, generate the directories.

sudo gpg --list-keys

Example output:

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As above, the necessary directories have been created. This can be skipped, and use the following GPG import command below. If you have any issues with directories missing for this and any other PPA GPG key in the future, just run the above command.

Use the following command to import the GPG key for the PPA.

sudo gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring /usr/share/keyrings/krita.gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 709901D8205BF7EC06062E0F78F9887001CEE17F

Lastly, import the PPA.

echo 'deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/krita.gpg] jammy main' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/krita.list

Install Krita

Before running the installation command, run an apt update to reflect the new imported PPA.

sudo apt update

Now run the following command to install Krita.

sudo apt install krita -y

Translations are also available as follows.

sudo apt install krita-l10n -y

Optionally, you can confirm the installation by checking the apt-policy cache and the version installed source.

apt-cache policy krita

Example output:

How to Install Krita on Linux Mint 21 LTS

How to Launch Krita

Now that you have the digital paint software installed, launching can be done in a few ways.

Users with an open command terminal use the following command to launch the paint program immediately.


Desktop users would mostly prefer opening Krita using the application icon, which you would use the following path on your desktop.

Taskbar > Graphics > Krita.


Next, you will arrive at the default landing screen of Krita, where you can begin to use the painting program.


Example about:

How to Install Krita on Linux Mint 21 LTS

How to Update Krita

For future updates since you have installed the PPA, run the standard APT commands to check for an update manually. You should be notified along with the rest of your system updates, given that it is an APT install.

sudo apt upgrade && sudo apt upgrade

How to Remove (Uninstall) Krita

Use one of the following commands to suit the original installation method for users who no longer require the application.

sudo apt autoremove krita krita-l10n -y

Use the following for users who installed Krita using one of the PPAs.

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/krita.list /usr/share/keyrings/krita.gpg

Comments and Conclusion

If you are looking for a powerful yet free and open-source graphics editing program, Krita is worth checking out. It has all the features most of us need for digital painting, 2D animation, or image manipulation, and it runs on various platforms.

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