Install GIMP on Debian 11 Bullseye distribution - Step by step guide ?

GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a free and open-source graphics editing tool that is specifically used for image manipulation and editing. It also offers more amazing features such as transcoding between different image formats, helps in free-form drawing, and many more graphics specialized tasks.

Here at Ibmi Media, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform related Software Installation queries.

In this context, we shall look into how to install GIMP on Debian 11 bullseye system. 

Also note that you need to access the system with a user having root privileges.

Different methods of installing GIMP on Debian 11 bullseye system

  • GIMP installation via the apt repository.
  • GIMP installation via the snap application.

1. GIMP installation via the apt repository

Via this method, you can install GIMP directly from the base repository of your system by following a few steps:

i. Perform System Update

Before starting the GIMP tool installation on your Debian system, make sure all installed Debian packages are upgraded to the latest version. So, use the below-mentioned commands to refresh your system apt packages:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt upgrade

ii. Install GIMP using apt repository

GIMP is included by default in the system base repository, however, you can install it by running the below-given command:

$ sudo apt install gimp

After installation, you can Launch and use it. Display the install gimp version using the below-mentioned command:

$ gimp -version

2. GIMP installation via the snap application

An alternative way of installing GIMP is by using the snap application. So, first, install the 'snapd' package by using the below-mentioned command:

$ sudo apt install snapd
$ sudo snap install gimp

How to Launch GIMP on Debian 11 ?

To access the interface of the GIMP application, go into the application menu and launch it on your desktop by searching 'gimp' via the application search bar.

Click on the GIMP application icon to launch it. The gimp application interface will be displayed on your Debian 11 desktop.

Alternatively, In your terminal type:

$ gimp

If you would like to launch GIMP and use the terminal, send it to the background:

$ gimp &

Lastly, Flatpak users can run from the terminal using the following command:

$ flatpak run org.gimp.GIMP

How to Uninstall GIMP from Debian 11 ?

The image editing tool requires much space in your system. Therefore, after using gimp, you can uninstall it from Debian 11 by running the below-mentioned command:

$ sudo apt purge --remove gimp

If you installed the gimp tool using snap then, use the following command to this application:

$ sudo snap remove gimp

However, if you need to remove the Flatpack version of GIMP, run the following command:

$ sudo flatpak uninstall --delete-data flathub org.gimp.GIMP

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This article covers the process of installing GIMP image manipulation and editing tool on Debian 11 bullseye distribution. In fact, Using GIMP, you can easily optimize the image, convert the type of image etc.

GIMP is a cross platform application, available for the Linux, Windows, MAC OS, and FreeBSD etc. 

How to Install GIMP with Flatpak ?

1. First, install Flatpak and its dependencies:

$ sudo apt install flatpak gnome-software-plugin-flatpak -y

2. Next, you need to enable Flatpack for Debian using the following command in your terminal:

$ sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

3. Now install SNAP using the following flatpak command:

$ sudo flatpak install flathub org.gimp.GIMP

Type "Y" X2 times, then press the "ENTER KEY" X2 times to proceed with the installation.

Updates are handled by Flatpack automatically every time you log into your system.