Simple image editor for the Linux desktop(s)


This application is a free basic image editor, similar to Microsoft Paint, but aiming at the GNOME desktop.

PNG, JPEG and BMP files are supported.

Drawing is a 'GNOME Circle' app!



More traditional design user interfaces are available too, as well as an elementaryOS layout. The app should also be compatible with GNU-Linux smartphones. For more screenshots, see the gallery.



The recommended way to install the most recent version of Drawing is to use flatpak:

Install it from Flathub

(version 0.8.3)

Permissions required: ipc/x11/wayland

The app is also available as native packages in the repositories of the following distributions:

Packaging status

You can use the package manager of your distribution to install the package drawing.

Alternative installation methods for Ubuntu:

Gentoo package from an external overlay

What's new

New features in version 0.8.3
New features in versions 0.8.0 to 0.8.2

Drawing 0.8.2:

Drawing 0.8.1:

Drawing 0.8.0:

New features in versions 0.6.0 to 0.6.5

Drawing 0.6.5:

Drawing 0.6.4:

Drawing 0.6.3:

Drawing 0.6.2:

Drawing 0.6.1:

Drawing 0.6.0:


Tools to draw:

  • Pencil
  • Eraser*
  • Highlighter*
  • Insert text
  • Points*
  • Shape
    • Rectangle
    • Rounded rectangle
    • Circle
    • Oval
    • Polygon
    • Free shape
  • Line & arrow
  • Curve
  • Color picker*
  • Paint*

*these tools are disabled by default.

Tools to select a part of the image:

  • Rectangle selection
  • Free selection
  • Adjacent color selection*

Tools to transform the canvas or the selected area:

  • Crop
  • Scale
  • Rotate & flip
  • Filters
    • Blur
    • Pixelization
    • Saturate & desaturate
    • Add transparency
    • Invert colors

(last update of this list: version 0.6.5)

Available languages

Credits for these translations are available here and in the app's "about" dialog.