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A simple drawing application for Linux.

This application is a basic image editor, similar to Microsoft Paint, but aiming at the GNOME desktop.

PNG, JPEG and BMP files are supported.

Besides GNOME, some more traditional design layouts are available too, as well as an elementaryOS layout. It should also be compatible with the Pinephone and Librem 5 smartphones.


Default user interface (for GNOME/Budgie)

UI for GNOME and Budgie, here with the main menu opened

More screenshots


Last stable version


You can install it from using the instructions on this page.


Other packages available

Packaging status

Unstable/nightly version

See here to install and test the app from source code.

Available languages

If your language is not here, or is incompletely translated, you can contribute to the translations.

code name complete*? main translators
cs Czech 85% @pervoj
da Danish 82% @scootergrisen
de German 96% @Etamuk
English 100% help welcome **
es Castillan 99% @fitojb, @xoan, @oscfdezdz
eu Basque 84% @alexgabi
fi Finnish 67% @mahtiankka
fr French 100%
he Hebrew 35% @moriel5 and @shaqash
hr Croatian 69% @milotype
hu Hungarian 56% @kami911
id Indonesian 68% @ekickx
it Italian 98% @amivaleo and @albanobattistella
ja Japanese 96% @rlbxku1r
kr Korean 95% @chaeya
nl Dutch 97% @Vistaus
pl Polish 64% @pkomur)
pt_BR Br. portuguese 72% @haurenburu and @ArthurBacci64
ru Russian 96% @tim77 and @Ser82-png
sv Swedish 96% @eson57
tr Turkish 95% @TeknoMobil and @serkan-maker
zh_CN Chinese, simpl. 71% @OverflowCat
zh_TW Chinese, tradi. 72% @pan93412, @OverflowCat and @cges30901

*Completion percentages correspond to the next major version, still in development.

**Concerning the "original version" in english: all the labels are here, but i'm not a native english speaker, so there might be mistakes. If you find incorrect english labels, please report an issue about it.


(last update: version 0.8.0)

Tools in italic can be disabled.

Classic tools

General options for these tools: colors, use antialiasing, size, …

  • Pencil (options: dashes, line shape, outline, …)
  • Brushes (pressure sensitive):
    • Simple round brush
    • Hairy brush
    • Airbrush
    • Calligraphic nibs
  • Eraser (options: blur, mosaic, transparency, solid color, …)
  • Highlighter (options: highlight on dark background)
  • Line (options: arrow, dashes, gradient, …)
  • Curve (options: arrow, dashes, …)
  • Insert text (options: font, shadow/outline, font size, …)
  • Insert points (options: shape of the points, include a number, …) to help captioning
  • Shape (options: filling style, outline style, gradient, …):
    • rectangle
    • rounded rectangle
    • circle
    • oval
    • polygon
    • free shape
  • Color picker
  • Paint (options: remove a color, …)

Selection tools

These tools allow you to define an area (rectangle or free), which you can move, cut, copy, paste, edit with any transformation tool, export, open as a new image, etc.

  • Rectangle selection
  • Free shape selection
  • Adjacent color selection

Transformation tools

These tools can edit the whole image, or edit a selected part of it.

  • Crop
  • Scale (options: keep proportions or not)
  • Rotate (rotate or flip)
  • Filters:
    • Saturation (increase or decrease)
    • Transparency
    • Increase contrast
    • Blur (various types)
    • Pixelization
    • Invert colors


The settings are managed by the Gio.Settings abstraction, which will probably corresponds to the dconf database once the app is installed as a native package.

With flatpak however, the settings are stored in a key-value file, which can be found (and edited) at ~/.var/app/com.github.maoschanz.drawing/config/glib-2.0/settings/keyfile.

Donations (paypal)

To contribute

the code is under GPL3, some tools icons are from here or from the Adwaita theme.