How to Install GIMP on Debian 11

Install GIMP on Debian 11

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install GIMP on Debian 11. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a good free alternative to Photoshop from Adobe and comes with numerous professional editing features for images and photos. GIMP is a cross-platform application that is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems and can process all popular image formats including PSD, TIFF, or WEBP with 32-bit color depth.

Install GIMP on Debian 11

Step 1. The first command will update the package lists to ensure you get the latest version and dependencies.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Install GIMP on Debian Linux system.

  • Install GIMP from the official page.

Run the following command to download the installer source code from the official website and install it:


Change to source code directory:

cd gimp-2.10.28.tar.bz2

Next, run the configure script:

sudo make
sudo make install
  • Install GIMP using Snap packages.
sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install gimp

Step 3. Accessing GIMP on Debian.

So far, you have successfully installed GIMP image editor on your Debian 11 machine, and you can start it by running the simple command in the terminal:


Alternatively, you can click on Activities on the top-left, and search for GIMP you should be now able to see GIMP’s icon.

That’s all you need to do to install the GIMP on Debian (Bullseye). I hope you find this quick tip helpful. For further reading GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) on Debian’s system, please refer to their official knowledge base. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.