How To Install G’Mic On Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 And Derivative Systems

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, G’MIC (GREYC’s Magic Image Converter) is a editing tool, that can be used with GIMP or as a standalone application, being available for both Linux and Windows. G’MIC provides a window which enables the users to add more than 500 filters over photos and preview the result, in order to give the photos some other flavor.

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G’Mic comes with different interfaces: a command-line tool, an interface for webcam manipulation, build in Qt and a library and plugin for GIMP.

The latest version available is G’Mic, which has been recently released, coming with a lot of changes, despite the fact that it’s considered a minor release.

Among others changes, a new web page dedicated to G’MIC film emulation filters has been created:,  new recognized typedefs for describing parameters of a GIMP filter have been added, the GIMP filters now return a status containing a list of values, adding possible feedback between the filter interface and the command, the GIMP plug-in is now compiled by default with the ability of opening display windows and the detected line number of an error is now displayed properly.

For a list of full changes, see the official announcement.

In this article I will show you how to install G’Mic on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Elementary OS 0.2 Luna, Peppermint Five, Deepin 2014, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2.0 and other Ubuntu derivative systems.

Because it will be soon available via the Gimp experimental PPA, installing G’Mic 1.6.0 on the listed Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS and other Ubuntu derivative systems is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the gmic package. Like this:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install gmic gimp-gmic

The latest version available is GIMP is Gimp 2.8.14, for installation instructions and more information, see this article.

Optional, to remove gmic and gimp-gmic, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove gmic gimp-gmic


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