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How to download GIMP

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How to download GIMP: After searching for a long time for a program that would allow you to edit your photos, you were advised to give it a try GIMP, which many have described to you as the best free alternative to expensive Photoshop. Trusting what you have been told and, above all, enticed by the possibility of having the software for free, you have decided to download and install it on your computer and test its functionality. Unfortunately, however, being still a beginner in the computer world, you were unable to understand how to download GIMP. I guessed it, right? So I don’t see where the problem is: if you want, I’m here to help you succeed in your intent.

If you give me a few minutes of your free time, I can explain how to download GIMP from the program’s official website and how to install it on your computer. First, I will tell you how to download the software, then I will give you the detailed procedure to install it on your computer, whether you have a Windows PC or a Mac. Finally, I will link you to the official GIMP manual and a series of guides. that will help you take your first steps with the famous photo editing program.

If you can’t wait to deepen the topic, let’s not waste any more time in chatting and immediately move on to action. Make yourself comfortable, take five minutes of free time and read the next paragraphs carefully. Identify the procedure of your interest, follow the instructions I am about to give you and I assure you that downloading and installing GIMP on your computer will be really a breeze. Happy reading and, above all, have fun!

Minimum requirements and supported devices

Before going into the details of this guide and explaining yourself how to download GIMPit will be useful to know which are the minimum requirements and supported devices from the program.

GIMP (acronym for Gnu Image Manipulation Program) is open source software distributed free of charge for Windows (also on Windows XP as long as Service Pack 3 is installed), macOS (version 10.6 and later) and Linux. The guidelines on the GIMP site do not specify what are the minimum requirements required by the program, however during the installation it is possible to view the free disk space required by the software which, by installing all the add-ons, does not exceed 900 MB.

Unfortunately, you should know that GIMP is not available in the form of an application for mobile devices and, therefore, it is not possible to use it from smartphones and, above all, from tablets.

Download GIMP to your computer

Download GIMP to your computer it is a simple procedure that takes a few moments. On the official website of the program, you can both directly download the GIMP installation file and the Torrent file that allows you to download the program from the BitTorrent network using one of the special clients. Do you want to know how to do it? I’ll explain it to you right away.


If your intention is to install GIMP on your computer equipped with Windowsfirst connected to the official website of the software and click on the item Download present in the menu at the top, then make sure that next to the item We think your OS is option is present Microsoft Windows: if not, select the item Microsoft Windows present next to the option Show downloads for.

Now, click the button Download GIMP [versione] directly to start the software download and wait for it to complete. Alternatively, press the button Download GIMP [versione] via BitTorrent to download the GIMP Torrent file to be added later in a BitTorrent client.

If you have chosen to download GIMP from the BitTorrent network, double-click the file gimp-[versione]-setup.exe.torrent to automatically add it to the program you usually use to download from the Internet. If you don’t have one installed on your computer yet, I recommend using uTorrent which is the most using BitTorrent client in the world. If so, my guides on how to download uTorrent for free and how to use uTorrent might be useful to you.

Once the GIMP download is complete (both from the official site and the BitTorrent network), double-click on the file gimp-[versione]-setup-1.exe to start the installation. In the new open window, press the button Run and click on the item Yup to allow the program to make changes to your computer, then make sure that in the drop-down menu to select the language to use during installation is selected Italian and click on the button OK.

Now, press the button Install to start the installation automatically, while if you want to read the license agreement, choose the installation folder and select the components to install click on the button Customize. After reading the license agreement, press the button Forwardthen click on the button Browsespecify the folder in which you want to install GIMP and press the button again Forward.

On the screen Select componentsclick on each individual component (Translations, MyPaint brushes, Debugging symbols etc.) to display its function in the field Description, then put the check mark next to the components you intend to install together with GIMP, checking the space required for the installation that is indicated (and which varies depending on the components added) below. As an alternative toCustom installationyou can set theInstallation complete to install all components orCompact installation which only installs GIMP and the run-time libraries used by the software.

Once you have chosen the type of installation and the components of your interest, click on the button Forward and, on the screen Select the file associationsput the check mark next to the files you want to associate and open with GIMP and click the button again Forward. Finally, put the check mark next to the item Create a desktop icon to add a quick link to GIMP on the desktop and press the buttons Forward And Install to start the installation.

Wait, then, for the green installation progress bar to reach 100% and press the button end to close the window and complete the setup.


If, on the other hand, you are wondering how to download gimp on macyou must know that the procedure is just as simple as the one I indicated in the previous paragraphs for Windows PC.

To download GIMP on macOS, connect to the official site of the program and click on the entry Download present in the top menu. On the new page opened, make sure that next to the entry We think your OS is the writing is present OS X and presses the button Download GIMP [versione] directly to download GIMP directly or on the button Download GIMP [versione] via BitTorrent for downloading the GIMP Torrent, to be opened later with a program to download files from the BitTorrent network (for example qBitTorrent).

If after clicking on one of the two buttons indicated above, the message appears There is no macOS package yet, sorry. Please check back later, it means that the latest version of GIMP is not yet available for macOS. In this case, scroll down the page and locate the entry Older Downloadsthen click on the link next to the option Previous installers for OSX can be found here to access the list of previous software versions.

In the newly opened page, click on the item Last modified to sort files by last modified date to find the earliest version of GIMP. Then select the file gimp-[versione]-x86_64.dmg (or the gimp-2.8.22-x86_64.dmg.torrent to download it from the BitTorrent network) to start downloading an older version of GIMP.

Now, if you have downloaded the GIMP Torrent file, open it with a program like qBitTorrent and wait for it to download.

Once the GIMP download is complete, open the dmg package just downloaded, drag the program to the folder Applications of macOS and open it, then right-click on the icon of GIMP and select the item You open to start the program for the first time avoiding macOS restrictions for applications from non-certified developers (later there will be no need to do this).

Useful resources

GIMP screenshot on Windows

Once GIMP has downloaded and installed on your computer, you are ready to edit your photos. If you have never used a graphics program and are a beginner with this type of software, you may initially be blown away by the graphics and the many features of GIMP. For this reason, it will be useful for you to consult the official program manual which you can find on its official website.

Then connect to the main page of the GIMP site and click on the entry Docs present in the top menu, then scroll down the page and select the option Italian to access the User Manual of GIMP in Italian.

In addition to the official software guide, you can read my tutorial on how to use GIMP to learn the basic features of the famous photo editing program. After having mastered its operation and with the various panels, you can learn more by reading one of my guides dedicated to GIMP: how to edit photos with GIMP, how to clone with GIMP, how to animate images with GIMP, how to resize a image with GIMP, how to create a logo with GIMP, how to overlay photos with GIMP, how to sign photos with GIMP and how to blend with GIMP.