Krita/Manual/Installation

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Windows

Windows users can download the latest releases from our website Click on 64bit or 32bit according to the architecture of your OS.
If the download says it is a MAN file, try a different web browser like Firefox or Chrome or rename the file extension to .msi!
Go to KDE download directory to get the portable zip-file version of Krita instead of the MSI installer.

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Note
Krita requires Windows Vista or newer.
INTEL GRAPHICS CARD USERS: IF YOU SEE A BLACK OR BLANK WINDOW: UPDATE YOUR DRIVERS !


Linux

Many Linux distributions package the latest version of Krita. Sometimes you will have to enable an extra repository. Krita runs fine under on desktop: KDE, Gnome, LXDE -- even though it is a KDE SC application and needs the KDE libraries. You might also want to install the KDE systemsettings module and tweak the gui theme and fonts used, depending on your distributions

Ubuntu and Kubuntu

It does not matter which version of Ubuntu you use, Krita will run just fine. However, by default, only a very old version of Krita is available. The official Ubuntu packages are too outdated, please use our Krita Lime repositories supported by the developers instead.

For installing Krita from Lime repositories do the following:

  1. Remove any previously installed krita packages from the default repositories
  2. Add the PPA to repositories list (to know more about repositories go here):
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dimula73/krita
    
  3. Update the cache:
    sudo apt-get update
    
  4. Install one of the two versions of Krita
    • The latest testing version - Contains the hottest and newest features developers have just implemented and want you to test. Newest but sometimes can be a bit unstable.
      sudo apt-get install krita-testing krita-testing-dbg 
      
    • The latest released version. Stone-stable, but may not have some new features we are talking about in the news.
      sudo apt-get install krita-2.9 krita-2.9-dbg
      

OpenSUSE

The most latest stable builds are available from KDE:Extra repo:

Or Leinir’s OBS repositories which have Krita built with support for Vc (which makes painting faster):


Krita is also in the official repos as calligra-krita , you can install it from Yast.

Fedora

Krita is in the official repos as calligra-krita , you can install it by using packagekit (Add/Remove Software ) or by writing the command below in terminal

yum install calligra-krita

Or

dnf install calligra-krita
if you are using fedora 22.

Debian

The latest version of Krita available in Debian is 2.6. Jessie (stable) has 2.8.5+dfsg-1+b2.

Arch

Arch Linux provides Calligra packages in the Extra repository. You can install the most recent build of Krita using Yaourt repository with the help of command below

yaourt -S krita-git

OS X

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Warning
Mac OSX is very experimental right now and unstable, don't use it for production purpose


You can download the latest binary if you want from our website. It has only been reported to work with Mac OSX 10.9.

Source

While it is certainly more difficult to compile Krita from source than it is to install from prebuilt packages, there are certain advantages that might make the effort worth it:

  • You can follow the development of Krita on the foot. If you compile Krita regularly from the development repository, you will be able to play withall the new features that the developers are working on.
  • You can compile optimized for your processor. Most pre-built packages are built for the lowest-common denominator.
  • You will be getting all the bug fixes as soon as possible as well.
  • You can help the developers by giving us your feedback on features as they are being developed and you can test bug fixes for us. This is hugely important, which is why our regular testers get their name in the about box just like developers.


Of course, there are also disadvantages: when building from the current development source repository you also get all the unfinished features. It might mean less stability for a while, or things shown in the user interface that don't work. But in practice, there seldom is really bad instability, and if it is, it's easy for you to go back to a revision that does work.

So... If you want to start compiling from source, begin with the latest build instructions from the excellent illustrated guide by David Revoy.

There is more information and troubleshooting help on the Calligra wiki:

If you encounter any problems, or if you are new to compiling software, don't hesitate to contact the Krita developers. There are three main communication channels:


This page was last modified on 15 July 2015, at 17:45. Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.