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The GNU Image Manipulation Program or The GIMP is a bitmap graphics editor, a program for creating and processing raster graphics. It also has some support for vector graphics. The project was started in 1995 by Spencer Kimball and Peter Mattis and is now maintained by a group of volunteers. Gimp is licensed under the GNU General Public License.

Installation :

Gimp is present in the main Debian repository:

apt-get install gimp

Extra Packages

Filter Installation (plugins)

Debian filter Packages

Manual Filters Installation

Not all the available filters are packaged up for Debian. If you need one of the filters the following instructions should help a Debian user add them with out making a mess of the installation.

You can find the GIMP Plug-In registry at

They have finally realized they need to address security -: "We need to create a completely different, much more secure solution. This is going to take some time, and we'd appreciate your help. Please email to the gimp-web@ mailing list, if you want to help us."

Debian could/should be the security answer they need.

Almost every plugin you download will come as a package - zip, RAR, TAR.GZ, and TAR.BZ2. You need to extract the pluging and put it in


See also