MyPaint is a free, open-source digital painting program that you can edit your artwork. It has many features for easy to create backgrounds and figures on canvas or paper! For users migrating from Windows and using the native paint program, this feels similar but has much more features.
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install MyPaint on Fedora 36 Linux using two different methods: DNF with Fedora’s default repository or the Flatpak third-party package manager using the command line terminal.
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Update Fedora Linux
Before you begin, run an update on your system to ensure all existing packages are up to date to avoid any conflicts.
sudo dnf upgrade --refresh
Install MyPaint – DNF Method
The first option is to install MyPaint with DNF from Fedora’s repository. This may be ideal for users who do not want to manually download the paint program or install a third-party manager since MyPaint does not often change updates for new features that often.
Run the following command to install MyPaint from the standard repository using the following command.
sudo dnf install mypaint -y
Install MyPaint – Flatpak Method
The second option is to use the Flatpak package manager, which is installed on Fedora-based systems. The extra benefit of using Flatpak installations is that you will always have the most up-to-date version. However, with distributions such as Fedora or similar types that focus on the latest packages, the significant advantage is often not as substantial or not present. However, still, this is the user’s discretion in choosing.
First, re-install the Flatpak manager if it was removed previously.
sudo dnf install flatpak -y
For users installing Flatpak for the first time, it is often recommended to reboot your system. Failure to do this can occur with odd issues arising, such as paths not being generated for icons.
SKIP THE REBOOT IF FLATPAK IS INSTALLED.
Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal:
sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
Now install MyPaint using the following flatpak command.
flatpak install flathub org.mypaint.MyPaint -y
If the above command does not work and you receive the “error: Unable to load summary from remote flathub: Can’t fetch summary from disabled remote ‘flathub’‘ use the following command.
flatpak remote-modify --enable flathub
This will fix the issue.
How to Launch MyPaint
Now that you have the paint application installed, launching can be done in a few ways.
The first way to immediately open MyPaint is to use the following terminal command.
If you would like to launch and use the terminal simultaneously, use the following command.
Alternatively, Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance.
flatpak run org.mypaint.MyPaint
However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open the application.
Activities > Show Applications > MyPaint
Once open, you will arrive at the default paint screen. From here, you can begin using the paint program.
How to Update/Upgrade MyPaint
Depending on the method used, the following commands can be used to update.
sudo dnf update --refresh
How to Remove (Uninstall) MyPaint
For users who no longer require the paint application, use one of the following commands to suit the original installation method.
DNF Remove Method
sudo dnf autoremove mypaint -y
Flatpak Remove Method
flatpak uninstall --delete-data org.mypaint.MyPaint
Next, run the following command for any leftover clean-up.
flatpak remove --unused
Comments and Conclusion
In the guide, you have learned to install the MyPaint on DNF with Fedora or the Flatpak manager.
If you are looking for a lightweight, free digital painting program with many features without overcomplicating things, try out Mypaint.