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As a native Linux program, Krita allows you to do operations on images without opening the program when using the Terminal. This option is disabled on Windows and OSX because it makes a DBUS connection which triggers firewalls and virus scanners, and we don't want to scare people.

This is primarily used in bash or shell scripts, for example, to mass convert kra files into pngs.


This allows you to quickly convert files via the terminal:

krita importfilename --export --export-filename exportfilename

This tells the terminal to use the program Krita.
Replace this with the filename of the file you want to manipulate.
This selects the export option.
This says that the following word is the filename it should be exported to.
Replace this with the name of the output file. Use a different extension to change the fileformat.


krita final.png --export --export-filename final.jpg

This piece of code takes the file file.png and saves it as file.jpg.

PDF export

Pdf export looks a bit different, using the --export-pdf option.

krita final.png --export-pdf --export-filename final.pdf

This exports the file file.png as a pdf file.

Open with Custom Screen DPI

Open Krita with specified Screen DPI.

krita --dpi <dpiX,dpiY>

For example: krita --dpi <72,72>

Open template

Open krita and automatically open the given template(s). This allows you to, for example, create a shortcut to Krita that opens a given template, so you can get to work immidiately!

krita --template templatename.desktop

Selects the template option
All templates are saved with the .desktop extension. You can find templates in the .kde/share/apps/krita/template or in the install folder of Krita.

krita --template BD-EuroTemplate.desktop

This opens the European BD comic template with Krita.

krita --template BD-EuroTemplate.desktop BD-EuroTemplate.desktop

This opens the European BD template twice, in seperate documents.


krita file.png --print Prints the file.

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