How to Install Krita on Fedora Linux

Krita is an incredible tool for anyone looking for a digital painting and image manipulation program. From students to professionals, Krita offers powerful yet easy-to-use features and functions that make creating stunning images much more straightforward. In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Krita on Fedora Linux using the Fedora DNF Repository or the natively installed third-party manager Flatpak using the command line terminal, along with some tips on how to update or remove the software in the future if required.

Update Fedora

The first step is ensuring 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 dnf upgrade --refresh

Method 1: Krita with Fedora DNF Repository

The DNF package manager is likely your first choice for installation as Fedora is an upstream release distribution, so it typically features one of the latest versions of Krita.

Install Krita using the following DNF install command.

sudo dnf install krita -y

For users seeking the Flatpack alternative, see the next section.

Method 2: Krita with Flatpak with Flathub Repository

The second option available to users of Fedora-based systems is the Flatpak package manager, which offers the benefit of always having access to the latest version. While this may be less significant if using a distribution such as Fedora or similar that focuses on always providing the newest packages, this is ultimately a matter of choice for the user and their individual needs and preferences. Furthermore, Flatpak installations can be particularly appealing for more technically versatile users who like to experiment with the newest applications and those designed for older systems.

First, re-install the Flatpak manager if it was removed previously.

sudo dnf install flatpak -y

For users re-installing Flatpak, it is often recommended to reboot your system. Failure to do this can occur with odd issues, such as wrong icon paths.

reboot

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

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.

reboot

Now run the installation using the following flatpak command.

flatpak install flathub org.kde.krita

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.

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The next issue can be access to system files. I would only recommend using the following command if you have access permission with your installation accessing files; use the override command below.

sudo flatpak override org.kde.krita --filesystem=host

Please do not use this command by default unless you have difficulties.

How to Launch Krita

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

The first way to open Krita immediately is to use the following terminal command.

krita

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

flatpak run org.kde.krita

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

Activities > Show Applications > Krita

Example:

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

Example:

Additional Commands & Tips

Update Krita

Depending on the method used, the following commands can be updated using the command line terminal instead of relying on automatic updates and CLI commands to update Krita.

DNF Method

sudo dnf update --refresh

Flatpak Method

flatpak update

Remove (Uninstall) Krita

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

DNF Remove Method

sudo dnf autoremove krita -y

Flatpak Remove Method

flatpak uninstall --delete-data org.kde.krita

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

flatpak remove --unused

Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install Krita on Fedora Linux with cli commands using two different methods, the Flatpak package manager with the Flathub repository or the way many Fedora Linux users are more comfortable with, which is the DNF package manager with Fedora’s default repository.

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