GIMP 2.8.22 Released With Various Bug Fixes, Install in Ubuntu

GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is freely distributed software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.

Latest Gimp stable : All platforms will benefit from a change to the image window hierarchy in single window mode, which improves painting performance when certain GTK+ themes are used.

Update : The PPA that used in this guide is no longer maintained. Please use new PPA to install GIMP 2.10.20.

This version fixes an ancient CVE bug, CVE-2007-3126. Due to this bug, the ICO file import plug-in could be crashed by specially crafted image files. Our attempts to reproduce the bug failed with 2.8 and thus the impact had likely been minimal for years, but now it is gone for good.

How to Install and Update Gimp in Ubuntu via Terminal

Users on the Apple macOS platforms will benefit from fixes for crashes during drag&drop and copy&paste operations. On the Microsoft Windows platforms, crashes encountered when using the color picker with special multi-screen setups are gone, and picking the actual color instead of black from anywhere on the screen should finally be possible.

Changes from GIMP 2.8.20 to GIMP 2.8.22


  • Improve drawing performance in single window mode, especially with pixmap themes


  • Make the launcher script also set BABL_PATH
  • Add patch for GTK+ Bug 743717 to the build which concerns crashes during clipboard operations with a clipboard manager active
  • Add patch for GTK+ Bug 767091 to the build which concerns crashes on some drag & drop operations
  • Generate OSX package metadata during build


  • Fix for CVE-2007-3126, a bug in the ICO plug-in which allowed context-dependent attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) via an ICO file with an InfoHeader containing a Height of zero. Couldn't reproduce any crash in recent version, but fixed the error messages for good measure
  • Avoid creating wrong layer group structure when importing PSD files (already fixed in 2.8.20, didn't make it to the NEWS)
  • Prevent a crash in PDF plug-in if images or resolution are large
  • Stop parsing invalid PCX files early and prevent a segmentation fault


  • If NOCONFIGURE is set, won't run configure
  • VPATH builds for win32 targets have been fixed

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How to Install / Update  Latest GIMP 2.8.22 in Ubuntu via PPA Repository

This update is available for Ubuntu including 14.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS, 16.10, 17.04 so far. Well, here are all you need to do :

Step 1 - Open Linux terminal window (Ctrl+Alt+T), then add this PPA :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

Press Enter to confirm and continue. The system will creating and requesting key from server

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Step 2 - Now re-sync the index by run the following command :

sudo apt-get update

Step 3 - Next, type and run this command to update your Gimp :

sudo apt-get install gimp

The APT will tell you the size package. Confirm the installation dialog by pressing y. Sit back and grab a cup of coffee!

Once installed, you can now open the Gimp Image Editor via Unity dash, or other app launcher like Synapse Launcher or Albert Spotlight.

Revert to Officia Build Version

Then how I can remove / revert back to the official build (old) in main Ubuntu repositories? First please ensure, you've ppa purge installed in your Ubuntu desktop. To do so, run the following command :

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

Once installed, purge by running :

sudo ppa-purge ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp-purge

For additional information, the Microsoft Windows installer and the Apple Disk Image for GIMP 2.8.22 are available from downloads page.

That's it!

So that's all I can write about a guide to update nor install latest Gimp stable 2.8.22 on Ubuntu based distribution. Hope you've enjoyed reading this tutorial as much I’ve enjoyed writing it. Thanks for visiting us!