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GIMP to Synfig file export plugin.

Export a GIMP multi-layered image to a corresponding Synfig, an awesome 2D animation software, project.


  • 0- Locate the GIMP plugins directory from <Edit> / Preferences: Folders → Plugins.
  • 1- Extract/Copy/Move/... and files to the GIMP plugins directory.
  • 2- (re)Load GIMP to refresh the Plugins system
  • 3- Do your stuff and export as synfig studio format and enjoy your project in synfig studio format :D

For up to date and complete infos, please refer to the official Gimp's plugins installation (this plugin is part of the "Python-Fu" family) : GIMP 2.10 - scripting - or GIMP 2.8 - scripting - or ...

NOTA : must be present in PYTHONPATH (or at least in same folder than



Open the Export (or "Export As") dialog box, select "Synfig Studio" has file type (.sifz), choose a destination folder and a name, and exports gimp document to synfig's canvas and png images.

See also Gimp2Synfig from Synfig documentation.

Know Issue

"can't pickle Grouplayer objects!!!"

In fact, this is a GIMP issue. To work around, you must select any layer than a layer group before exporting.


IL'dar AKHmetgaleev aka AkhIL - blog akhil



This program is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

Distribution and updating of the code is appreciated.


  • 2008-01-31 first public release
  • 2008-04-26 gimp-2.2 compatibility fix by dooglus
  • 2008-08-18 now works without alpha channel
  • 2015-11-25 this fork
  • 2015-12-03 fix empty name error + add choose file dialog
  • 2016-02-19 registration into export dialog + localization mechanism
  • 2016-02-22 synfig stuff to synfigfu module + fix issue #5 filename forbiden chars
  • 2016-02-25 switch group option
  • 2018-10-23 GIMP 2.10 compliant!
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