Introduction to GIMP

The GIMP package contains the GNU Image Manipulation Program. This is useful for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

Package information

Installation of GIMP

Install GIMP by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --disable-print &&
make &&
make install

Command explanations

--disable-print: This option is necessary when gimp-print is not installed. If you have gimp-print installed, this option would be removed.

Configuring GIMP

Config files

/etc/gimp/2.0/*, ~/.gimp-2.0

Configuration Information

GIMP executes a configuration wizard for each user upon their initial invocation of the program.


The GIMP package contains gimp, gimp-remote and gimptool.



gimp is an image manipulation program. It works with a variety of image formats and provides a large selection of tools.


gimp-remote is a small utility that tells a running GIMP to open a local or remote image file.


gimptool is a tool that can build plug-ins or scripts and install them if they are distributed in one source file. gimptool can also be used by programs that need to know what libraries and include-paths GIMP was compiled with.