Open Source Microsoft Paint Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Microsoft Paint is Krita. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Microsoft Paint and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Microsoft Paint are MyPaint (Free, Open Source), Pinta (Free, Open Source), KolourPaint (Free, Open Source) and LazPaint (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 29, 2021

    1. Krita is a professional Free and open source (FOSS) painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone withith concept art, texture and matte painters, illustrations and comics.
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      Krita vs Microsoft Paint opinions
      Most users think Krita is a great alternative to Microsoft Paint.
      vincentasmargis I was looking for a program that could convert a .JPG file into .ico,and Krita did just that.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      Krita is free. It has a lot of features - somewhat similar to Photoshop. It is better than Paint because it has lots of different brushes and allows some brush customization. You can work with layers, which is a feature that MS Paint lacks. The app is worth a try. There's nothing to lose.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      Paint is a far smaller and more limited program than Krita. While Krita can probably do everything Paint can, it can do so much more that to use it as an alternative would be absurdly unwieldy.
      Top negative comment  over 2 years ago

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      krita's too big and feature-rich of a program to be substitute for ms paint
      Negative comment 2 months ago

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      No, Paint is far smaller and more limited program than Krita. Krita can do much more than Paint, so using it as an alternative would be absurdly unwieldy.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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    2. MyPaint is a fast painting program with an emphasis on full-screen use. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it.
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      MyPaint vs Microsoft Paint opinions
      Most users think MyPaint is a great alternative to Microsoft Paint.
      There is no selection tool, which is what i need.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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    3. Pinta is a free, open source drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET . Its goal is to provide users with a simple yet powerful way to draw and manipulate images on Linux, Mac, and Windows.
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      Pinta vs Microsoft Paint opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Pinta is a great alternative to Microsoft Paint.
      Similar options like mspaint. If you come from windows, install and work.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      Pinta Has all the tool necessary for a quick manipulation, like paste screenshots, cut, paste, resize, etc...
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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      Simple interface with powerful tools
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      Is simple and have all the tools of Microsoft Paint
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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    4. Features: + Support for drawing various shapes - lines, rectangles, rounded rectangles, ovals and polygons. + Curves, lines and text. + Colour picker. + Selections. + Rotation, monochrome and other advanced effects.
      KolourPaint vs Microsoft Paint opinions
      Almost everyone thinks KolourPaint is a great alternative to Microsoft Paint.
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      Easy to use with more functions.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      UsernameUn Best alternative for Linux with KDE environment.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

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      dginovker Drop in replacement for Microsoft Paint
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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      It is straightforward and easy to use
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Simple, lightweight and easy. Do exactly what mspaint does, but better.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      It works very well and is like what paint should be.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      edgatolobo Almost the same funtions and interface
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    5. Raster & vector graphic editor with many tools and filters, written in Lazarus (Free Pascal). Portable, 32bit (under 3mb) & 64bit (3.55mb) versions, ORA format & 16384x16384 image support. In app 3D import & rendering.
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      LazPaint vs Microsoft Paint opinions
      Almost everyone thinks LazPaint is a great alternative to Microsoft Paint.
      Really lightweight and fast, has a lot of additional features but is neat, making it powerful but not complicated (looking at you, Gimp). It would count closer to a Paint.NET replacement in my opinion. Though if you have this why would you ever want a normal MS Paint clone?
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    6. Excalidraw is an open-source whiteboard tool that lets you easily sketch diagrams that have a hand-drawn feel to them. Available directly online as a web app and also through CodeSandbox to easily see how the code works, and the app is available for self-hosting.
    7. PhotoDemon provides a comprehensive selection of photo editing tools in an 8 MB download. It runs on any Windows machine (XP through Win 10) and does not require installation. It can easily be run from a USB stick or SD card.
    8. A simple drawing application for Linux.
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    9. Photoflare is a cross-platform image editor with an aim to balance between powerful features and a very friendly graphical user interface. It suits a wide variety of different tasks and users who value a more nimble workflow.
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      PhotoFlare vs Microsoft Paint opinions
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      RemovedUser Photoflare is more powerfull than microsoft paint but below a full featured program like Gimp. With the simple and intuitive UI, you can make basic edits, like crop an image, add text, annotate, draw, change contrast...
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    10. miniPaint is free online image editor using HTML5. Edit, adjust your images, add effects online in your browser without installing anything. You can use the Electron based version of the editor if you like.
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