Pixelorama is a free and open-source pixel art editor available for Gnu/Linux, Windows, and Mac. It’s written using GDScript, which allows it to be easily portable between systems without having any conversion overhead, slowing down your workflow time! The best part? You can save all of those beautiful creations in their custom file format – .pxo if you want more control over how they look when viewed on another device later down the line (it’ll even sync automatically).
In the following tutorial, you will learn to install the Pixelorama on Fedora 36 Linux using the third-party package manager Flatpak to install and maintain the pixel editor, along with tips on removing the software if required using the command line terminal.
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Before you begin, make sure your system is up-to-date to avoid any conflicts during the installation, and for good practice, use the terminal command as follows.
sudo dnf upgrade --refresh -y
Install Pixelorama – Flatpak Method
The best option is to use the Flatpak package manager. This comes installed on Fedora unless you removed it. This is another popular option similar to Snap but is featured amongst many distributions as an alternative third-party installation package manager for the latest packages.
First, re-install Flatpak if you have removed the package manager previously.
sudo dnf install flatpak -y
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
Ideally, you should reboot at this stage; if you skip this and notice icons not appearing, the reboot will generate the paths required for the future.
Now run the installation using the following flatpak command.
flatpak install flathub com.orama_interactive.Pixelorama -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 Pixelorama
Now that you have the software installed, you can launch the pixel software immediately using the following terminal command.
flatpak run com.orama_interactive.Pixelorama
However, this is not practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open the course.
Activities (top-left corner) > Show Applications > Pixelorama
Once you open Pixelorama, you will see the first default landing screen. From here, you can begin creating your first sprite, and the help menu has links to resources about getting started.
How to Update/Upgrade Pixelorama
Updates should appear in notifications, but if these fail to show sometimes, it is recommended to check using the terminal regardless use one of the following commands to check for updates.
How to Remove (Uninstall) Pixelorama
Use one of the following commands if you no longer require the application.
flatpak remove --delete-data com.orama_interactive.Pixelorama -y
Next, run the following command for any leftover clean-ups required, similar to the autoremove command described for the DNF remove example command.
flatpak remove --unused
Comments and Conclusion
If you’re looking for an easy-to-use 2D sprite editor and animator, Pixelorama is an excellent option. It’s free and open-source, so it’s perfect for Linux users. The .pxo file format ensures that your projects will be compatible with Pixelorama on any platform.