Installing Gimp 2.5.2 on Ubuntu

In an earlier post I mentioned a guide to build Gimp 2.5.0 on Ubuntu Hardy Heron. Back then the guide failed on my machine.

With the recent release on Gimp 2.5.2 I decided to give it another try and this time it worked. Below I have listed the specific commands. A few dependencies might be missing.

I case you don’t have the build tools installed (or have no idea if you do):

sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get build-dep gimp

Also, to make the commands below work you need to have wget installed:

sudo apt-get install wget

In case you don’t have a /opt directory:

sudo mkdir /opt

In case you have a previous installation, remove this (or move it out of the way):

sudo mv /opt/gimp-2.5 /opt/gimp-2.5.backup

Run the following commands:

export PATH=/opt/gimp-2.5/bin:$PATH
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/gimp-2.5/lib
export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/opt/gimp-2.5/lib/pkgconfig

cd /tmp

svn co babl
cd babl
./ –prefix=/opt/gimp-2.5
sudo make install
cd ..

svn co gegl
cd gegl
./ –prefix=/opt/gimp-2.5
sudo make install
cd ..

tar jxvf gimp-2.5.2.tar.bz2
cd gimp-2.5.2
./configure –prefix=/opt/gimp-2.5
sudo make install

If everything went well you should be able to start it by running:



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