How To Install MyPaint on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install MyPaint on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MyPaint on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, MyPaint is an easy-to-use painting program that works well with Wacom graphics tablets and other similar devices. MyPaint takes quite a little memory and has a smaller footprint on the disk. It is super fast and does a marvelous job to get bitmap images done just like MS Paint. It’s a cross-platform application available for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, and Unix-like operating systems.

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 the MyPaint simple painting tool on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • 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 MyPaint on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

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

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing MyPaint on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Install MyPaint from the default Ubuntu repository.

By default, MyPaint is available on Ubuntu 20.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to install MyPaint on your Ubuntu system:

sudo apt install mypaint

Verify installation using the following command:

mypaint --version
  • Install MyPaint from AppImage.

Now we download the latest stable version of the MyPaint AppImage executable from GitHub:


After that, provide permissions for executions to run the MyPaint in the system:

chmod u+x MyPaint-v2.0.1.AppImage

Next, run the MyPaint app image:


Step 3. Accessing MyPaint on Ubuntu.

Once successfully installed, run the following path on your desktop to open with the path: Activities -> Show Applications -> MyPaint or  launch the application using the terminal command:


Install MyPaint on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Congratulations! You have successfully installed MyPaint. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the MyPaint simple painting app on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official MyPaint 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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