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MyPaint is a simple drawing and painting program that works well with Wacom-style graphics tablets. Its main features are a highly configurable brush engine, speed, and a fullscreen mode which allows artists to fully immerse themselves in their work.

MyPaint is written in Python, C++, and C. It makes use of the GTK toolkit, version 3.x. The source is maintained using git, primarily on Github.

Getting started

MyPaint has an associated library, libmypaint, which is distributed as a sister project on Github.

  • libmypaint (>= 1.3.0-alpha.0)

There are several third-party dependencies too:

  • scons (>= 2.1.0)
  • pygobject
  • gtk3 (>= 3.12)
  • python (= 2.7) (OSX: python >= 2.7.4)
  • swig
  • numpy
  • pycairo (>= 1.4)
  • libpng
  • lcms2
  • libjson-c (>= 0.11, but the older "libjson" name at ~0.10 will work too)
  • librsvg

Recommended: a pressure sensitive input device (graphic tablet)

Build and Install

All systems differ. The basic build documentation is divided by broad class of operating system and software distribution.


The MyPaint project welcomes and encourages participation by everyone. We want our community to be skilled and diverse, and we want it to be a community that anybody can feel good about joining. No matter who you are or what your background is, we welcome you.

Please note that MyPaint is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.

Please see the file for details of how you can begin contributing.

Legal info

MyPaint is Free/Libre/Open Source software. See for a summary of its licensing. A list of contributors can be found in the about dialog.