Paint.NET Alternatives for Linux

    Paint.NET is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Krita, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Paint.NET and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Paint.NET are GIMP (Free, Open Source), Pinta (Free, Open Source), MyPaint (Free, Open Source) and Glimpse Image Editor (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated May 12, 2021

    Platforms

    × Clear
    • Windows
    • Mac
    • Online
    • Linux
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Android
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • PortableApps.com
    • BSD
    • Windows Phone
    • Wine
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • AmigaOS
    • Adobe Photoshop
    • Mono
    • ReactOS
    • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
    • Spotify

    Features

    • Photo editing
    • Image Editing
    • Digital Painting
    • Photo effects
    • Retouch photos
    • Support for Layers
    • Image Processing
    • Sketching
    • Photographic filters
    • Portable
    • Color correction
    • Tablet support
    • Open PSD files
    • Customizable
    • Drawing 2D
    • Color blending
    • Batch processing
    • Non destructive editing
    • Support for Wacom Tablets
    • Sketch

    License

    • Free
    • Open Source
    • Paid
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    • 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. View 136 alternatives to Krita
      Some users think Krita is a great alternative to Paint.NET, some don't.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Windows S
      • Android Tablet
      • PortableApps.com
      • Steam
      Krita vs Paint.NET
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      Generic_Sweetener There isn't anything else exactly like paint.net, but Krita comes the closest in terms of features and ease of use. It's relatively intuitive, has various customization options, and is sufficient for basic photo editing and more advanced image manipulation and drawing.
      Top positive comment  11 months ago

      3
      Various tools, everything free.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      3
      Very good, but not focused to photo editing.
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

      13
      Krita is aimed at Artistic painting and sketching rather than photo manipulation and editing.
      Negative comment 5 months ago

      1
      It is exactly what I was looking for as an alternative to Paint.Net. Very similar. Completly free.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      1
      Painting software, not photo editing
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      8
      skyling It's a painting program, not a photo editing program
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      9
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    • GIMP is a free program for such photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Essentially it's the closest thing to Photoshop you can get for free. View 194 alternatives to GIMP
      This alternative is disputed. GIMP is still a legitimate alternative to Paint.NET, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Snapcraft
      • FLATHUB
      • PortableApps.com
      • Haiku
      • AmigaOS
      GIMP vs Paint.NET
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      gimp is a good image editor but dosen't have the tools as paint.NET
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      -1
      JohnFastman GIMP is a superb cross-platform (Win, Mac, Linux) alternative to Paint.NET because it's open source and has a huge range of functionality. It is less suited for those situations where you're seeking a very simple image editor, without fuss. But it's still cross-platform, which Paint.NET isn't. So it depends what "alternative" means to you.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      -2
      Whereas Paint.NET is a very simple and user friendly program that's easy to use, GIMP is incredibly unforgiving, difficult to learn/use and lacking the welcoming and uncomplicated interface of Paint.NET. Moreover it has functions that just completely stop working for no reason
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

      89
      GIMP is much more "professional". By that I mean that it is way too complex for a casual editor like myself.
      Negative comment 9 months ago

      0
      Merritt Paint.NET is simple and fast, GIMP is neither
      Negative comment 11 months ago

      1
      Compared to Paint.Net, GIMP is way too complicated
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      1
      Gimp is very heavy advanced image editing tool while Paint.NET is fairly light and user-friendly.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      0
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    • Pinta is a free, open source drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET . View 109 alternatives to Pinta
      Most users think Pinta is a great alternative to Paint.NET.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Mono
      Pinta vs Paint.NET
      pros, cons and recent comments
       all • positive • negative      relevance • date
      This functions in almost identical ways to Paint.NET, more so than any other program listed on here.
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

      8
      It is powerfull, open-source and almost the same but cross-platform alternative to paint.net
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      5
      It gives you a good taste of Paint.NET, but it's so broken and painful to work with that it just isn't worth using; e.g. the text function doesn't work.
      Top negative comment  over 2 years ago

      3
      This is an exact paint.NET clone. This is the real alternative.
      Positive comment about 1 month ago

      0
      Works well enough. Still rough around the edges, but it received an update one month ago that fixed quite a lot of bugs. Not gonna be a 1to1 replacement, but it's the closest I know of, and it does a pretty good job.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

      -1
      Pinta is modeled after Paint.NET, making it good for basic adjustments, drawing simple shapes, and so-on. Unfortunately, it's buggy and lacks some of the outstanding features that have been added to PDN since 2015. While it's the best replacement for PDN so far, I wouldn't say it's a very good one.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      2
      It's not exactly discontinued, the GitHub project is still very much active as of January 2019. The 2015 stable release is more or less feature-complete compared to Paint.NET.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      1
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    • MyPaint is a fast, distraction-free, and easy painting tool for digital artists. It supports graphics tablets made by Wacom, and many similar devices. View 121 alternatives to MyPaint
      Most users think MyPaint is a great alternative to Paint.NET.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • PortableApps.com
      MyPaint vs Paint.NET
      pros, cons and recent comments
      MyPaint looks a lot like Photoshop. Paint.NET is so popular because of the simplicity. Photoshop is a beautiful program with a lot of options. Paint.NET is a simple "paint" program that allows you to go as you like, but keep it simple at the beginning. MyPaint is like a Photoshop lite.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

      0
      superluminar MyPaint is a digital painting/drawing program, Paint.NET is a simple image editor.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

      3
    • Glimpse is an open source image editor based on the GNU Image Manipulation Program. The goal is to experiment with new ideas and expand the use of free software. View 176 alternatives to Glimpse Image Editor
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux


    • 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. View 38 alternatives to LazPaint
      Most users think LazPaint is a great alternative to Paint.NET.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
      LazPaint vs Paint.NET
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It has the same clear GUI.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      0
      It is a raster graphics simple paint program
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      -1
      It is a raster graphics simple paint program
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      -3
    • Photoflare is a cross-platform image editor with an aim to balance between powerful features and a very friendly graphical user interface. View 16 alternatives to PhotoFlare
      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • KolourPaint is a simple painting program to quickly create raster images. It is useful as a touch-up tool and for simple image editing tasks. View 32 alternatives to KolourPaint
      Some users think KolourPaint is a great alternative to Paint.NET, some don't.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      KolourPaint vs Paint.NET
      pros, cons and recent comments
      retrodaredevil KolourPaint is one of the simplest and most responsive options. It is more like MS Paint, but still gets the job done.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      1
      It has the same interface as Paint.NET, The same tools, the same ease of use....But for Linux !
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
      Lacks layers and transparency support.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      2
    • This application is a basic image editor, similar to Microsoft Paint, but aiming at the GNOME desktop. PNG, JPEG and BMP files are supported. View 13 alternatives to Drawing
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
    • Pixelitor is a cross-platform raster graphics editor written in Java. It supports image filters, drawing, layers, multiple undo, etc. View 115 alternatives to Pixelitor
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