Simple image editor for Linux


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

PNG, JPEG and BMP files are supported.

Drawing is a 'GNOME Circle' app!


The app works on any GNU-Linux system regardless of the desktop environment: 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 1.0.1)

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 1.0.2
New features in versions 1.0.0 to 1.0.1

Drawing 1.0.1

Drawing 1.0.0

New features in versions 0.8.0 to 0.8.5

Drawing 0.8.5

Drawing 0.8.4

Drawing 0.8.3

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
  • Skew*
  • Rotate & flip
  • Filters
    • Blur
    • Pixelization
    • Saturate & desaturate
    • Add transparency
    • Invert colors

(last update of this list: version 1.0.1)

Available languages

  • Basque
  • Brazilian portuguese
  • Castillan
  • Croatian
  • Chinese (simplified)
  • Chinese (traditional)
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Swedish
  • Turkish

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

If the translation in your language is missing or incomplete, your contribution is welcome!