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Mypaint PPA

Published the 13 august 2011 in Hardware and Software with tags : Mypaint, PPA, Ubuntu, Linux Mint

artwork by David Revoy

Screenshot of Mypaint ppa with toolbar + scratchpad in action 
Artwork : a stylistic research for a project

The Mypaint developper Andrew Chadwick just created a ppa for Mypaint-testing.
Ppa URL : 

This mean you ( Ubuntu or Ubuntu based distribution user ) can now follow Mypaint bleeding edge stuff or help playtest with only 3 line to paste in your terminal :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:achadwick/mypaint-testing sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install mypaint

From Andrew 's description on the Mypaint Mailing list : "I'll probably update it whenever a new feature like the scratchpad lands on master, or if something major has happened, e.g. a big win like a 33% speed increase in saving...! Expect updates no more than once a week, expect things to break, and if it breaks your computer you get to keep both bits. " This sound really better than a daily build witch can be annoying for the constant update notifications. I defintely now follow this (Linux Mint have no problem with Ubuntu ppa ). 

Don't forget to also help developpers making Mypaint better with your bug reports and feedbacks : Thanks !

( PS: If like me you compiled the master branch before and installed it to /usr/local/ you probably need to uninstall your previous Mypaint installation... I personally did it manually by deleting /usr/local/bin/mypaint and /usr/local/share/mypaint to keep things clean )



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saturday 13 august 2011, 15:33

Grande nouvelle !
Merci pour cette info. :D

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saturday 13 august 2011, 17:44

Hey David, thats good news, but I'm on fedora now :( theres no way I can install this using other commands rather than apt?

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saturday 13 august 2011, 19:51

Merci pour l'info Deevad !!!

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saturday 13 august 2011, 20:49

Thanks for sharing (:

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5. nack972

saturday 13 august 2011, 23:40

Je cherchait un ppa a jour merci!!
(mise à jour doc Ubuntu-fr??)

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sunday 14 august 2011, 08:05

Merci Deevad pour cette info, je vais tester ça (pour scratchpad, je pense que je comprendrai mieux en l'utilisant).
Tu es toujours sur la brèche question bleeding versions, et tu trouves encore le temps d'avoir une production graphique de qualité... Impressionnant.

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7. Andre´

sunday 14 august 2011, 08:35

Thanks for that! I installed mypaint with your old installation-guide. Can you please tell me how to get rid off that stuff? :-)

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8. Nezumi

monday 15 august 2011, 03:09

I know this isn't the place to ask probably - please kindly consider that I am artist that is completely not into all that technical stuff - linux with its many distributions, compilations - gives me shivers lol. Any ideas when new version of MyPaint will show up for Windows? I am DAILY checking their website but there is virtually no new information. I wish everybody would be that informative as Blender devs.. Appreciate answer.
monday 15 august 2011, 20:57

Oh, cool you all likes this ppa as I like it :D

@Nezumi : Truely , I have no idea about Windows build ; I even don't know who is the volonteer who packed Mypaint for Windows the first times, and if he would continue it. I guess when a official Mypaint 1.0 will be released , the packagers will convert this version.
And don't be affraid about Linux terminal codes :) 3 lines to copy paste in a text console are easier for me than download a installer on internet, save it, open it , click next next next on the pop-up windows and figure out where the stuff get installed. This is just about way to do it. You should try ;)

@Andre´ : If you want to clean the version installed with my previous guide, just open a nautilus with admin rights ( gksudo nautilus ) , then go to the folder at the root folder of the system , then in , /usr/local ; in the subfolder 'bin' it should have a mypaint to delete as well as in 'lib' and 'share'. That's suffisent ;) be just sure to don't delete other folders or program :)

@Tepee : Merci Tepee :) Ca me prends beaucoup de temps toutes ces installations en plus de faire tourner mon activité freelance. Ca me fait plaisir de voir que c'est remarqué. Merci.

@nack972 : Cool :) Pour la doc d'ubuntu , à toi l'honneur ;) Sinon de passage je regarderais au wiki.

@ArtSymptom : On Fedora, I advice you to compile it from the source code ; I did it since the 3 last years, so it's not a huge deal to do. You can read how I do it in this article (yep, I know , another compiling stuff , good luck ! keep the force ! ) :

@flem : Oui, très bonne et très simple pour les utilisateurs d'Ubuntu. J'aime beaucoup aussi suivre le développement de soft en ppa.

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tuesday 16 august 2011, 18:03

eu amei ! queria muito que tivesse versão windows : (

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tuesday 16 august 2011, 18:04

I loved it! felt very strongly that had windows version: (

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wednesday 17 august 2011, 04:02

Great news David! Thanks for this :)
This also helped me find the folders and remove a buggy install xD

Cheers. :)

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13. Milad Thaha

wednesday 17 august 2011, 21:12

How come you've got your panels docked on the sides?!?! I don't see such an option anywhere D: And I'm on the latest version, on Windows. Perhaps I should try the linux version.

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thursday 18 august 2011, 05:05

This is from the latest build so, afaik, it is not so much about platform but rather that in Linux is just easier to get it (ppa, easy way to pull git, etc...). I'm sure it can be had in windows, but one would need to compile it. And I know squat about that.

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friday 19 august 2011, 10:48

Thank you!
Using ~ ~
Welcome to my Blog guest

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monday 22 august 2011, 00:33

Great work! Much better in use.

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tuesday 23 august 2011, 03:53

This is great. I will try this ASAP/ Thank you Andrew.

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18. Ashi

tuesday 06 september 2011, 17:24

does not work on Ubuntu 11.10
tuesday 06 september 2011, 19:36

@Ashi : This version 'Ocelot' of Ubuntu is not released yet ; so still in beta testing , right ?
Logical if not yet in Ppa . To install a recent Mypaint on it ; I advice you for the moment to build it :

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20. Ashi

tuesday 06 september 2011, 19:54


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friday 25 november 2011, 16:09


fyi ...I just posted on MyPaint 1.0 and gave a link back to you. The commands for Linux is very helpful. I really like the new features in MyPaint.

Keep up the good work;
friday 25 november 2011, 17:45

@Steven Powers (SMP) : cool :) Good blog btw , I liked the video tutorial about perspective line with Gimp.

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friday 25 november 2011, 23:24

Thanks David. I personally learn more from watching how something is done and it looks like most people do as well, with all the video tutorials out there.

I glad to see a Windows build for MyPaint 1.0 available since I don't compile my own builds.

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24. daddoo

monday 16 january 2012, 15:45

bonjour, est ce que ça veux dire que je ne pas besoin de supprimer mon ancienne version pour lancer la nouvelle (sur ubuntu) ?
J'y vais direct avec le code...
merci .

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25. daddoo

monday 16 january 2012, 15:46

-je n'est pas besoin- sorry...

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26. Milad Thaha

sunday 11 march 2012, 07:17

I just moved up from Mint 11 to 12, got its such a foresaken disaster O_o Good thing Mate exists, else I wouldn't know what to do.

You should also mention that the cleans up stuff itself even after an interruption of some sort (eg: shutdown). My laptop ran out of battery (Mate doesn't have power indicators, by default) and it was already an hour into the installation process; on the next start I didn't need to repair much myself, the script did everything for me ^_^

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27. Dima Malenko

sunday 06 january 2013, 15:49

You can try new MyPaint online without installing at (registration is required).

If there is no build for your system yet, this is a great option.

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sunday 23 march 2014, 20:01

I got annoyed by the fact that there's no PPA with *stable* MyPaint for older distros like Ubuntu 12.04, so I made one:

For the moment I've just built the 1.1 from Saucy for Precise and Quantal, mostly for my own use. Other people stuck on 12.04 may find it useful.
sunday 23 march 2014, 22:40

@Shnatsel : Hey Shnatsel, this is a very good news. I'm planning to centralise a page on my 'tutorial' with all useful ppa. I'll add your. I'll note it on my to-do , I hope I can make it next month. Thanks !

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