Pinta is best free alternative to Paint.NET for Linux

If you have ever used Paint.NET on Microsoft Windows, you should be knowing the ease with which this little program can be used to quickly edit graphics and images. Unfortunately, it is not available for Linux platforms. Therefore Linux needs a alternative. Yes, there is GIMP for Linux, but that is more of a Photoshop alternative with a steep learning curve.

pinta for linux

Pinta is almost similar to Paint.NET, if not actually identical! It has a clean no nonsense user interface and is extremely light on system resources usage. It launches quickly and comes with several powerful image editing features. It is free and open source software (FOSS). I recommend it as one of the best free image editing software for Linux. As a matter of fact, it is available for Windows too.

Install Pinta on Ubuntu, elementary OS, and Linux Mint

STEP 1: Go to ‘Applications’ and launch ‘Terminal’.

STEP 2: Let’s first add Pinta’s repository sources to the list. Type the following command and hit enter.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pinta-maintainers/pinta-stable

STEP 3: Now it’s time to update.

sudo apt-get update

STEP 4: Begin Pinta installation by entering the following command.

sudo apt-get install pinta

That’s it. Pinta should be installed in your computer.

Pinta features at-a-glance

Pinta User Interface
Pinta User Interface

  • Drawing tools to draw freehand, lines, rectangles, ellipses, and more.
  • Comes with Layers support s that you can separate and group elements of an image for easy editing.
  • Has over 35 image adjustments and special effects.
  • Full history undo functionality.
  • supports over 55 languages.
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Hi there! I'm Kiran Kumar, founder of FOSSLinux.com. I'm an avid Linux lover and enjoy hands-on with new promising distros. Currently, I'm using Ubuntu as a daily driver and run several other distros such as Fedora, Solus, Manjaro, Debian, and some new ones on my test PC and virtual machines. I have a day job as an Engineer, and this website is one of my favorite past time activities, especially during Winter ;). When I'm not writing for FOSSLinux, I'm seen biking and hiking on scenic trails. I hope you enjoy using this website as much as I do writing for it. Feedback from readers is something that inspires me to do more and spread Linux love!. If you find a time, drop me an email or feedback from the 'Contact' page. Or simply leave a comment below if you found this article useful. Have a good day!

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  1. Just installed Pinta Ubuntu 20.04 and it immediately crashes as soon as you load any size image; lots of discussions confirming this; something about “mono”. I don’t want to have to do a whole bunch of workarounds to get something to run, but I need a paint.net (*not* MSPaint) clone.

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