Installation

Windows

Windows users can download Krita from the website, the Windows Store, or Steam.

The versions on the Store and Steam cost money, but are functionally identical to the (free) website version. Unlike the website version, however, both paid versions get automatic updates when new versions of Krita comes out. After deduction of the Store fee, the purchase cost supports Krita development.

Website:

The latest version is always on our website.

The page will try to automatically recommend the correct architecture (64- or 32-bit), but you can select “All Download Versions” to get more choices. To determine your computer architecture manually, go to Settings ‣ About. Your architecture will be listed as the System Type in the Device Specifications section.

Krita by default downloads an installer EXE, but you can also download a portable zip-file version instead. Unlike the installer version, this portable version does not show previews in Windows Explorer automatically. To get these previews with the portable version, also install Krita’s Windows Shell Extension extension (available on the download page).

These files are also available from the KDE download directory.

Windows Store:

For a small fee, you can download Krita from the Windows Store. This version requires Windows 10.

Steam:

For a small fee, you can also download Krita from Steam.

To download a portable version of Krita go to the KDE download directory and get the zip-file instead of the setup.exe installer.

Note

Krita requires Windows 7 or newer. The Store version requires Windows 10.

Linux

Many Linux distributions package the latest version of Krita. Sometimes you will have to enable an extra repository. Krita runs fine under most desktop enviroments such as KDE, Gnome, LXDE, Xfce etc. – even though it is a KDE application and needs the KDE libraries. You might also want to install the KDE system settings module and tweak the gui theme and fonts used, depending on your distributions

Nautilus/Nemo file extensions

Since April 2016, KDE’s Dolphin file manager shows kra and ora thumbnails by default, but Nautilus and it’s derivatives need an extension. We recommend Moritz Molch’s extensions for XCF, KRA, ORA and PSD thumbnails.

Appimages

For Krita 3.0 and later, first try out the appimage from the website. 90% of the time this is by far the easiest way to get the latest Krita. Just download the appimage, and then use the file properties or the bash command chmod to make the appimage executable. Double click it, and enjoy Krita. (Or run it in the terminal with ./appimagename.appimage)

  • Open the terminal into the folder you have the appimage.

  • Make it executable:

chmod a+x krita-3.0-x86_64.appimage
  • Run Krita!

./krita-3.0-x86_64.appimage

Appimages are ISOs with all the necessary libraries bundled inside, that means no fiddling with repositories and dependencies, at the cost of a slight bit more diskspace taken up (And this size would only be bigger if you were using Plasma to begin with).

Ubuntu and Kubuntu

It does not matter which version of Ubuntu you use, Krita will run just fine. However, by default, only a very old version of Krita is available. You should either use the appimage, flatpak or the snap available from Ubuntu’s app store. We also maintain a ppa for getting latest builds of Krita, you can read more about the ppa and install instructions here.

OpenSUSE

The latest stable builds are available from KDE:Extra repo:

Note

Krita is also in the official repos, you can install it from Yast.

Fedora

Krita is in the official repos, you can install it by using packagekit (Add/Remove Software) or by writing the following command in terminal.

dnf install krita

You can also use the software center such as gnome software center or Discover to install Krita.

Debian

The latest version of Krita available in Debian is 3.1.1. To install Krita type the following line in terminal:

apt install krita

Arch

Arch Linux provides krita package in the Extra repository. You can install Krita by using the following command:

pacman -S krita

You can also find Krita pkgbuild in arch user repositories but it is not guaranteed to contain the latest git version.

OS X

You can download the latest binary from our website. The binaries work only with Mac OSX version 10.12 and newer.

Source

While it is certainly more difficult to compile Krita from source than it is to install from prebuilt packages, there are certain advantages that might make the effort worth it:

  • You can follow the development of Krita on the foot. If you compile Krita regularly from the development repository, you will be able to play with all the new features that the developers are working on.

  • You can compile it optimized for your processor. Most pre-built packages are built for the lowest-common denominator.

  • You will be getting all the bug fixes as soon as possible as well.

  • You can help the developers by giving us your feedback on features as they are being developed and you can test bug fixes for us. This is hugely important, which is why our regular testers get their name in the about box just like developers.

Of course, there are also some disadvantages: when building from the current development source repository you also get all the unfinished features. It might mean less stability for a while, or things shown in the user interface that don’t work. But in practice, there is seldom really bad instability, and if it is, it’s easy for you to go back to a revision that does work.

So… If you want to start compiling from source, begin with the latest build instructions from the guide here.

If you encounter any problems, or if you are new to compiling software, don’t hesitate to contact the Krita developers. There are three main communication channels: