Microsoft Paint Alternatives for Linux

Being bundled with every version of Windows in recent memory, Paint is a basic option, but its tools are usually enough to get the job done, so long as that job is basic image and graphics editing.

There are plenty of free options available across every major operating system and device form factor that offer more feature-rich experiences, such as layer support and support for extensions and plugins.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 8/19/2019 6:53:00 PM

Alternatives to Microsoft Paint for Linux with any license

  • Krita

    Krita is a complete creative sketching and painting application with advanced, commercial quality features. It's free, open-source and available across all major desktop platforms. User Interface - An intuitive user interface that stays out of your way. The dockers and panels can be moved and customized for your specific workflow. Once you have your setup, you can save it as your own workspace. You can also create your own shortcuts for commonly used tools.

    • 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. Guest • Aug 2019 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • I was looking for a program that could convert a .JPG file into .ico,and Krita did just that. vincentasmargisJul 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • MyPaint

    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. MyPaint supports pressure or tilt sensitive graphic tablets and comes with an easy-to-use brush collection. There is a complex interface for creating own brushes, focusing on brush dynamics (changes with speed, pressure, randomly).

    • There is no selection tool, which is what i need. Guest • Jun 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • LazPaint

    LazPaint is a free and open image editor that features layers and transparency. It supports the format OpenRaster so it can interoperate with MyPaint, Gimp and Krita. LazPaint has been written with Lazarus / Free Pascal and BGRABitmap.

    • 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? Guest • Mar 2017 Disagree   Agree

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  • KolourPaint

    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.

    • Easy to use with more functions. Guest • Apr 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Almost the same funtions and interface edgatolobo14 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • Reacts very similar. Has rectangle selection. Cut and paste work well (like paint.) Has an undo feature. When a file is opened to edit, it resizes it's own screen. You can stretch the screen with the mouse just like paint. Guest • Feb 2019 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Pixelitor

    Pixelitor is a cross-platform raster graphics editor written in Java. It supports image filters, drawing, layers, multiple undo, etc. Currently its main strength lies in the more than 70 image filters and color adjustments, some of which are unique. Features: - Layers. - Unlimited undo. - Image filters. - Color adjustments. - Drawing.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • PhotoFlare

    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. Features include basic image editing capabilities, paint brushes, image filters, colour adjustments and more advanced features such as Batch image processing.

    Free Open Source Windows Linux

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  • showFoto

    You can use it to view your photographs and improve them. Showfoto is the standalone image editor of the digiKam project.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux KDE

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  • Gnome Paint

    gnome-paint is a simple, easy to use paint program for GNOME. It is inspired by MS-Paint.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • CinePaint

    CinePaint is a deep paint application that edits EXR, DPX, 16-bit TIFF, JPEG, PNG and many other types of image files. CinePaint is available as a native application for Linux, Mac OS X, and BSD.

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  • Tux Paint

    Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschool and K-6). It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program. Kids are presented with a blank canvas and a variety of drawing tools to help them be creative.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Haiku

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  • Gpaint

    gpaint (aka GNU Paint), a small-scale painting program for GNOME, the GNU Desktop Environment. gpaint does not attempt to compete with GIMP, it is just a simple drawing package based on xpaint, along the lines of Microsoft Paint. Currently gpaint has the following features: * Drawing tools such as ovals, freehand, polygon and text, with fill or shadow for polygons and closed freehand shapes. * Cut and paste by selecting irregular regions or polygons.

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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  • Drawing

    This application is a basic image editor, similar to Microsoft Paint, but aiming at the GNOME desktop. PNG, JPEG and BMP files are supported.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Fotowall

    Fotowall is an opensource creative tool that lets you play with your pixels as youve ever wanted! Make the perfect arrangement with your photos, add text, live video from your webcam and the best internet pictures.

    • Discontinued The project is no longer developed. Last version, 0.9, released in 2011, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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  • QAquarelle

    Qaquarelle is a very young opensource Qt4-based painting application that is supposed to provide a native way of painting with emulated traditional instruments, including watercolor simulation, full support for tablets and OpenGL-based processing in GPU.

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  • HeliosPaint

    HeliosPaint is a freeware paint program for creating and editing images. It runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Unix and is written in Sun Microsystem's Java programming language.

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