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This manual is a rewrite of the 1.6 manual. It is not complete.



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. If you go to the Software Center and search for Krita, check the version number. If it is 1.6.3, do _not_ press install!

Instead, enable the "Unsupported Updates" setting and then install Krita.







Other distributions



Until we have managed to create a standalone Krita installer for Windows, you will have to use the KDE Windows installer. Fortunately, this is not very difficult! Go to or click directly . If you run this application, you will first be asked a number of questions. Going with the default is always fine!

Just keep pressing "Next" until you get to this screen:


And select Krita.

Note that Krita on Windows is frequently outdated compared to Linux. The reason for that is that all Krita developers use Linux exclusively. A different team of people compile Krita for Windows, and sometimes they have to fix Linux-specific code, and that takes time.


XXX: does it actually work these days?


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 on the KOffice 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:

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