GNU Image Manipulation Program

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Animated GIF image made with GIMP

GIMP is an image manipulation package managed by and available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. GIMP is "free" in the GNU sense of the word; the user is free to use, copy, study, modify or redistribute GIMP as Free software.

  1. GIMP Homepage

Books for this lesson

  1. The Gimp

Installing GIMP[edit | edit source]

Add notes for installing GIMP on your operating system below.

Linux[edit | edit source]

GIMP is included as the standard image editor on most general purpose Linux distributions, including Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva, and SUSE, etc..

Installing GIMP for Windows[edit | edit source]

Visit the GIMP for Windows Current Stable download page.

You basically download 2 packages:

  1. The GIMP installer
  2. The help package in your language (optional)

Run the installers. If you have problems leave a message on the talk page.

Macintosh[edit | edit source]

To run the GIMP on the Macintosh in OSX prior to 10.5 (Leopard), you need to do two things, first install X11 then install GIMP. OSX 10.5 comes with X11 bundled.

GIMP uses the X Windows System, which is a an open source way to support a graphical user interface. If you have OSX 10.4 (Tiger), X11 installs very easily from the OSX 10.4 install disk (Apple's webpage for X11). Insert your OSX 10.4 install disc #1 and scroll down to find the "Optional Installs". Double click on the Optional Installs package. Go through a series of dialog windows until you reach a window where you can select the type of software you want to install. X11 is in the "applications" folder. Click the check box next to X11 in order to install X11. Click the install button.


  • Before you install X11, take the time to backup your hard drive.
  • Before you install X11, take the time to repair your hard drive using disc utility.
  • After you install X11 from the software install disk, run Software Update and get the latest version of X11 from Apple.

Install GIMP
A simple way to install GIMP is to use Download Gimp-2.2.11.dmg (Universal) and double click on the disc image to start the installation.

There is also a growing MacGIMP community project at Also with more recent builds for OSX 10.4/10.5 users.

The GIMP organization also has instuctions for downloading the source code for GIMP. This is NOT what you want or need. Be sure to access the SourceForge version (called "") as mentioned above.

Downloading ""

I downloaded the file using FoxFire and dTaOneClick. This plug in for FoxFire allows you to stop and start the download which took me about 8 hours at 31K baud.

Learning resources[edit | edit source]

Using Gimp[edit | edit source]

To do list[edit | edit source]

  • Make an article on how to use every specific tool.

External links[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

Tools for creating internet content
See also: Digital media workshop - Related discussion: Free content

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Getting Started with Gimp 2.8 - Tutorials for Beginners - Youtube Video - (27.02.2016) by Chris Navarre