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.