How to Install Krita on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Krita is a free and open-source graphics editing program designed for digital painting, 2D animation, or general image manipulation. It runs on Windows, macOS (both Intel 64bit), Linux hits Android & Chrome OS, and is one of the more popular paint applications for users that deal with digital photos.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Krita on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa using the official PPA to install the command terminal’s digital editor.

Update Ubuntu

The first step is to make sure 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 -y

Install Krita

The best method to install Krita is by importing the official PPA constantly updated by the team. This will ensure you have the latest stable release with any new features compared to installing the default version from Ubuntu’s standard repository, which you can still do alternatively.

First, make sure the following dependencies are installed.

sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https -y

For users who would like to install the stable version, use the following command to import the PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kritalime/ppa -y

Next, run an APT update to reflect the new changes.

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

How to Launch Krita

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

In your terminal type:


If you would like to launch and use the terminal at the same time, send it to the background:

krita &

However, this isn’t practical for desktop users, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open with the path: Activities > Show Applications > Krita.


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


How to Update Krita

For future updates since you have installed the PPA, run the standard APT commands to check for an update manually. Ideally 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 PPA’s.

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:kritalime/ppa -y

Comments and Conclusion

In the guide, you have learned to install the Krita Digital Paint Editor on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

If you’re an artist or want to dabble in digital art, Krita is a great program to check out. It’s free and open-source, so it’s perfect for artists on a budget. Plus, the developers are constantly working to improve the program to be sure that you’re getting the best possible tools.

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