Installing GIMP on Raspberry Pi

About six months ago I wrote a post about trying out GIMP. For the people who don’t know, GIMP is a free and open source photo editing software. For more details on what GIMP does, read trying out GIMP.

Anyway, the point of bringing up that past article is because this post is about GIMP. More specifically about installing GIMP on a Raspberry Pi (I am using a Raspberry Pi 3). First we are going to install GIMP on the Pi, and then get into the answers of how GIMP works on the Pi.


Installing GIMP on the Pi is easy. As always, make sure that you have your Raspberry Pi device up-to-date before installing anything. To update the Pi, open Terminal and do the following commands.

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

Now that the Raspberry Pi is up-to-date, it doesn’t hurt to restart the Pi. Either use the sudo reboot command in Terminal, or restart through the menu.

After the Pi boots up again, open Terminal. Now to install GIMP just use the following command.

sudo apt-get install gimp

Since it is downloading and installing a program, this may take a while depending on your internet connection. Mine took about ten minutes to install.

Once Terminal finishes the command, it is a good idea to restart your computer. I found that GIMP doesn’t show in the menu unless the Pi gets restarted.

For the heck of it, I have also created a YouTube video showing how to install GIMP onto the Pi.

How is GIMP’s performance on the Pi?

The results were surprising. A slight lag was noticeable every once in a while, although it didn’t affect regular image editing. It also took a little longer to process things like exporting images.

Is the Pi version of GIMP different from the Windows version?

To my pleasant surprise, the Pi version of GIMP is identical to the Windows version. All the features appear to still be there and work the same.


Overall I was very impressed at how the Raspberry Pi handled GIMP. I was afraid it was going to crash every time I did something, but that was certainly not the case.

Trying Out GIMP – Is It Any Good?

Photoshop is no doubt the best photo editor out there. No questions asked. Although, for a student like me, there is no way that I can afford Abode Photoshop. So I set out to Google to find the best free photo editor on the world wide web.

Introducing GIMP. GIMP is a free and open-source photo editor. Available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, GIMP has some good things going for it. Compared to an outrageously expensive Abode Photoshop license, GIMP is free and much more lightweight. GIMP does lack in some high quality features that Photoshop has. Also GIMPs interface doesn’t look near as nice of that of Photoshop. But you can’t beat the price… FREE!

GIMP is a definite upgrade from Windows Paint, and other build in OS image editors. Features like blurring, layers, and thousands of different brushes makes it a clear leader for free photo editors. I don’t know why anyone would use Windows Paint.

The interface of GIMP isn’t the most well thought out piece of work. It lacks a clear organization. The settings our just everywhere making it hard to find what you are looking for. It took me about two hours before I was able to figure out how to add text and blur and images. Then took about another hour to figure out how to export it. All-in-all I suggest you read some… I mean most all of the documentation on there website before you begin editing your first image.

Probably the best thing about GIMP, besides the free part, is the fact that you can control layers. This is something that simple photo editors lack. Layers are a life saver when combining multiple images, or even just adding text. GIMPs layer feature is very clean and super easy to use. It was probably the only thing I was able to figure out in the first hour I was using GIMP.

I would strongly recommend that if you are using Windows Paint, or something similar, that you switch to GIMP immediately. It takes a few hours to learn, but once you get the hang of it, you will love it.

Until I can afford Photoshop, GIMP will be my number one photo editor.



To download GIMP, and for information and documentation, check out there website at