How To Install Drawpile on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install Drawpile on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Drawpile on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, DrawPile is an open-source drawing software, used for creating sketches. It allows users to create and share sketches easily. Users can also able to draw simultaneously on the same picture.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Drawpile open-source drawing software on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu Linux.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Drawpile on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing Drawpile on Ubuntu.

First, download the latest and stable installation package:

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -
sh -c 'echo "deb trusty-getdeb apps" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'

Install Drawpile using the following command:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install drawpile

Step 3. Accessing Drawpile on Ubuntu.

Once successfully installed, go to the Ubuntu dashboard and type Drawpile, the application icon will appear on the screen. Click on the icon to open it.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Drawpile. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest stable version of Drawpile open-source drawing software on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Drawpile website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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