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 Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using either the flatpak package manager or the snapcraft package manager, with some tips for maintaining or removing Pixelorama in the future.
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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 apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
Install Pixelorama – Snapcraft Method
The first option is to install with Snap. The Snapcraft package manager should be installed on your Ubuntu desktop unless you have removed it previously.
Note that Flatpak has faster releases of Pixelorama than Snapcraft.
For users that removed snapd, re-run the following command:
sudo apt install snapd -y
Once installed, you will need to restart your system, or else the icons may not appear; if you skip a repeat and notice any issues, reboot.
Snap installed? Skip the following few lines and proceed straight to the installation with Snap
Next, some packages come in classic, so you need to create a symlink to enable classic snap support, so it is best to run this command for the best snap compatibility.
sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap
Install the core files to avoid conflicting issues.
sudo snap install core
Next, enter the following snap command to install.
sudo snap install pixelorama
Install Pixelorama – Flatpak Method
The second option is to use the Flatpak package manager. This comes installed on Ubuntu 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 apt 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
How to Launch Pixelorama
Now that you have the software installed, launching can be done in a few ways.
Snap users need to use the snap run <application> command.
sudo snap run pixelorama
Lastly, Flatpak users can run from the terminal using the following 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-right 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.
sudo snap refresh
How to Remove (Uninstall) Pixelorama
Use one of the following commands to suit the original installation method for users who no longer require the application.
Flatpak Remove Method
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 apt remove example command.
flatpak remove --unused
Snapcraft Remove Method
sudo snap remove pixelorama
Comments and Conclusion
In the tutorial, you have learned how to install Pixelorama on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using one of the two installation methods.
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.