How to Install GIMP on Chrome OS

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) isn't available as a native app on Chromebooks through the Google Play Store or Chrome Web Store. However, you can run GIMP on a Chromebook using the Linux (Beta) feature if your Chromebook supports it. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Enable Linux (Beta):
    • Open the Chrome OS Settings.
    • Scroll down and click on "Linux (Beta)" in the left sidebar.
    • Click the "Turn On" button to enable the Linux feature.
    • Follow the on-screen instructions to set up Linux on your Chromebook
  2. Install GIMP:
    • After you've enabled Linux (Beta), open the Linux terminal from the app launcher.
    • Use the following command to update the package lists:
    • sudo apt update

    • Next, use the following command to install GIMP:

      sudo apt install gimp

    • Confirm the installation by typing "Y" when prompted.
  3. Run GIMP:

    • Once GIMP is installed, you can run it by searching for "GIMP" in the app launcher, or you can launch it from the Linux terminal using the "gimp" command.

Please note that the availability of Linux (Beta) and the ability to install GIMP may depend on the specific model of your Chromebook, so make sure to check if your device supports these features.

Also, the process may have evolved since my last update, so you may want to check for any new developments or alternatives for running GIMP on Chromebooks by referring to official sources or online communities for the latest information.

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