How To Install GIMP on Debian 11

Install GIMP on Debian 11

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install GIMP on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free, open-source raster graphics editing software primarily used for image manipulation and image editing, transcoding between various image formats, free-form drawing, and many more specialized tasks.

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 through the step-by-step installation of the GIMP open-source image editor on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 11 (Bullseye).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • 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 GIMP on Debian 11 Bullseye

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing GIMP on Debian 11.

  • Install GIMP using Snap Store.
sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install gimp
  • Install GIMP using APT Manager.

By default, GIMP is available from the default Ubuntu base repository. Now run the following command below to install it:

sudo apt install gimp
  • Install GIMP using Flatpak.

To install Gimp using Flatpak, first install the Flatpak utility using the command below:

sudo apt install flatpak gnome-software-plugin-flatpak 
sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

After installation, now install SNAP using the following Flatpak command:

sudo flatpak install flathub org.gimp.GIMP

Step 3. Accessing GIMP on Debian.

Once successfully installed, open with the path: Activities -> Show Applications -> GNU Image Manipulation Program or  you can also launch the gimp application using the command line by typing “gimp”.

Install GIMP on Debian 11 Bullseye

Congratulations! You have successfully installed GIMP. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of GIMP on Debian 11 Bullseye. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official GIMP 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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