How to Install Pinta on Linux Mint 21 LTS

Pinta is an excellent image editing tool for both novice and experienced users. The user interface is straightforward yet still packed with features. The drawing tools are comprehensive and easy to use, and the wide range of effects makes it easy to add a professional touch to your images. One of the best features of Pinta is the ability to create unlimited layers. This makes it easy to keep your work tidy and organized and allows you to experiment with different effects without damaging your original image easily. Whether you’re looking for a simple way to crop and resize your photos or you need a more powerful tool for advanced retouching, Pinta has everything you need.

The following tutorial will teach you how to install Pinta on Linux Mint 21 LTS series using two different methods: apt and flatpak, along with the command terminal to install the image editor.

Update Linux Mint

First, update your system to ensure all existing packages are up to date to avoid conflicts.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Pinta – APT Method

The first installation option uses the APT manager, the easiest and quickest installation method.

Run the following command to install the software.

sudo apt install pinta -y

Install Pinta – Flatpak Method

The second option is to use the Flatpak package manager. This third-party package manager should be automatically installed over Snapcraft. Both have advantages and disadvantages, with Snapcraft being designed to be compatible with a wide range of Linux distributions, while Flatpak is more focused on security and isolation. Most Linux distributions prefer using Flatpak over Snapcraft, as with Linux Mint.

First, re-install the Flatpak manager if it was removed previously. If this is installed, skip the following few parts until you reach the adding the Flathub command.

sudo apt 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, such as paths not being generated for icons.

sudo reboot


Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal.

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

Now install Pinta using the following flatpak command.

flatpak install flathub com.github.PintaProject.Pinta -y

How to Launch Pinta

Launching can be done in a few ways now that you have the software installed.

First, in your terminal, type the following command to launch immediately.


Alternatively, Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance.

flatpak run com.github.PintaProject.Pinta

However, this is not practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop.

Taskbar > Graphics > Pinata.


How to Install Pinta on Linux Mint 21 LTS

Once open, you can begin to use image-editing software. I suggest first-time users visit the official Pinta user guide for complete documentation on getting started with Pinta.


How to Install Pinta on Linux Mint 21 LTS

How to Update/Upgrade Pinta

Depending on the method of installation used, the following commands can be used to update.

APT Update Method

sudo apt upgrade && sudo apt upgrade

Flatpak Update Method

flatpak update

How to Remove (Uninstall) Pinta

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

APT Remove Method

sudo apt autoremove pinta -y

Flatpak Remove Method

flatpak uninstall --delete-data com.github.PintaProject.Pinta

Next, run the following command for any leftover clean-up.

flatpak remove --unused

Comments and Conclusion

Overall, Pinta is an excellent image editor that is easy to use and packed with features. The user interface is straightforward, and the drawing tools are comprehensive. The wide range of effects makes adding a professional touch to your images easy, and the ability to create unlimited layers makes it easy to keep your work organized. If you are looking for an affordable image editor with all the features you need, Pinta is a great choice.

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