Install GIMP 2.99.x (GIMP 3 beta) and check out the new features coming in the medium term

GIMP 2.99.x (beta)

We agree that it is not Photoshop, but it is very capable and in my opinion it is liked more the more it is used. Last november threw what was the first beta of what will be the third version of the famous free and open source image editor, and although there is no scheduled date, there should not be much left for it to stop being in tests and we can use its stable version. GIMP 2.99.x, the numbering that GIMP 3 beta receives, can be installed from Flathub.

To be more specific, you can install from repository beta by Flathub, so we have to add a new one different from the one we already had. If support for flatpak packages has not yet been enabled, you have to do it, something that we will explain below so that whoever wants to can try GIMP 2.99.x and see what we can do (and see) when the project thinks it already has it Ready.

Install GIMP 2.99.x from the Flathub beta repository

What we have to do is follow these steps:

  1. If we didn't have it, we installed the flatpak package (for example, sudo apt install flatpak o sudo pacman -S flatpak).
  2. Next we add the Flathub beta repository with this command:
flatpak remote-add --user flathub-beta https://flathub.org/beta-repo/flathub-beta.flatpakrepo
  1. In the next step we have to install a package, as long as we don't have it, with this command:
flatpak install org.gnome.Platform/x86_x64/40
  1. Once we have the previous package installed we can install GIMP 2.99.x with this command:
flatpak install --user flathub-beta org.gimp.GIMP

And that would be all. Keep in mind that we will be using a non-stable version, so we have to wait for errors to be experienced, but returning to the stable version is as easy as uninstalling one and installing the other, although in most distributions you can have both at the same time (not recommended). For Arch Linux users, remember that they have AUR, from where you can install GIMP 2.99.x by compiling it with yay, for example. At the moment they launch the stable version, we will publish the corresponding article informing of its landing and the most outstanding news, being already official.


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  1.   richo said

    excellent news, even though I will wait for the official ^^