How to Install Krita on Linux Mint 17.2

Recently I moved to Linux Mint 17.2 on my desktop. Using Adobe Photoshop CS 5.5 on Windows, it was time for me to find a new photo editor/painting tool. Krita has been something I have watched from afar so it was time to try it. Unfortunately it took some additional measures to get it installed properly.

Usually you go through the Software Manager to install your programs. However when I attempted to download Krita, I wasn’t pleased to see that the version available was broken by default and was not the most recent version(Mint 17.2 Cinnamon). Thinking it was a version issue, I set out to find how to install the newest iteration.

Install Latest Version

To ensure I got the best experience I searched online and found how to install the current version of the app straight from the source.  The install instructions are found on

Their instructions are as follows:

(Instructions taken from, the link listed above)

 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install krita

Note: Previous version of Krita MUST be uninstalled.

After performing these three commands I was in business. The new version was installed.

Curious about what the commands do? Below is an explanation:

The first line adds the kubuntu backports repository to your system so you can download it and receive updates. For more information about the repo you can visit their main page here: The second updates your repositories package list, so it will recognize app name listed in the third line. Lastly, the final line is using apt-get to install Krita.

So, once I had everything installed I opened it up and was greeted with an error about essential files not being found. Then app would then crash. Back to the internet for help.

Essential Files Error

To fix this error, I found the following command on the Linux Mint forums here:

(Instructions taken from, the link listed above)

apt install kdelibs-bin kdelibs5-data kdelibs5-plugins

This command will install the KDE related peices that Krita requires that may not have been included in your initial OS install.

So finally I was in the application. Looking around I noticed there were no tools available? Another issue?! Ok, back to the internet again. This time I found the answer on the Ubuntu forums here:

(Instructions taken from, the link listed above)

sudo apt-get install oxygen-icon-theme

Turns out this is installing the icon’s that Krita expects to have already installed. I am going to assume that the essential files and icon issues are due to it being a KDE app but not having dependencies included in the install for non-KDE desktop environments.

So, with that I was able to finally see all the tools and start using the app!


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18 thoughts on “How to Install Krita on Linux Mint 17.2”

  1. I feel most at home on Linux Mint when using computers so I am glad I have kicked some of the Windows habit to start using my OS of choice at least on my desktop. There have been many barriers to entry for me, including situations like this where I have had to perform multiple steps to get something working properly. Have you tried Linux but found it too difficult because of things like this?

  2. Just so you know, I installed Krita today on a fresh install of Linux Mint 17.2.
    Instead of installing an incomplete Krita and getting the errors that you documented in your article, I tried installing ONLY the KDE libraries that you mentioned were needed (through Synaptic) BEFORE installing Krita itself from the repository mentioned.

    No error messages, and Krita is running amazingly straight out of the box, with no errors or gripes.

    I’m amazed how smooth it runs, because it runs slow and laggy on Windows 7, and my Wacom tablet runs right out of the box as well.

    So install the KDE dependencies FIRST, then the Krita from the PPA mentioned for no errors.

  3. Thanks for the comment!

    I wasn’t sure why installing the KDE libs first would remove the need for installing the oxygen icon theme so I spun up a virtual machine to test it out. Following your steps above I was able to avoid the essential files error, but I still ran into blank icons. Did you install any other apps before Krita? Perhaps there is an app I didn’t install that has these icons as a dependency? I think perhaps I have a slightly different set up from my install. Glad to know it’s working for you regardless! Mint and Krita are both fantastic software!

    I am certainly enjoying using Krita so far although my usage has been brief. I have a Wacom Intuous 3 (6×11) myself and love how well it has integrated into Mint. I tried Krita on Windows 7 previously as well, but it was incredibly slow and pretty much unusable. This was on the same PC, an FX-8350 with HD 7950 3GB GPU and 16GB of RAM. If anyone is using it on Windows, the better experience is definitely on Linux!

  4. Thanks a lot Trevor. My Krita is now working with faster start with my newly installed LinuxMint 17.2 after adding your suggestions. My Krita used to work on Ubuntu 15.04 but decided to replace it w/ LM 17.2 because of very unstable wifi connection. Again many thanks, best regards and more power to you.

  5. Hi rafael!

    Thanks for letting me know this has helped you out! 🙂 Good to hear it’s now working for you!

  6. Excellent! Brilliant! Thank you so much… I am 15 years away from the last time I used Linux a lot (I used it exclusively for more than a year). I’ve gotten pretty rusty in regard to installing packages. Your instructions and tips have made it possible for me to install Krita painlessly. Also, I’m pointed in the right direction to install other packages, and get general help with Mint 🙂

  7. Hi Trevor,

    Stumbled upon your blog while surfing for info before installing Krita. I’m working on geriatric Dell Optiplex 500 & 520, 3 & 4 GB RAM, both from 2005, with LM 17.3. I installed Krita through Synaptic, which was fixed in two minutes without any hiccup. Krita opened in a snap, even when I had at the same time Thunderbird, Firefox and Dolphin running in other workspaces. I didn’t do any adjustment or supplementary install.

    Just to let you and others know that things seem to have improved!

  8. Hi Trevor,

    Great job doing this post, Its people like you that makes Linux the OS it is today. I prefer he Linux OS, as software is much less bloated and less of a rip-off, money-making scheme than Windoze, and saving much needed resources on the computer. The drawback is that sometimes you have to be prepared to install stuff the hard way.. I bought a wacom tablet recently and unfortunately, though I managed to eventually get the tablet working acceptably, the bundled software (Artrage) is only Windoze and Mac. Looking for a Linux alternative, Krita appears to be he closest (though Ive not messed with it yet) Installing, I found the exact same issues with Linux Mint, though your guide was perfect and all is now working (I Hope 🙂 ).

    In fact, Linux used to be quite user unfriendly and for a long time it was really for (excuse me Linux fans) Linux gurus/Linux Geeks.

    Thankfully, the Linux community have kindly made this OS much more user friendly over the years and is almost as simple as, but better than Windoze. I, and probably many others hope this trend will continue, bringing in more and more users. I know sometimes the “newbie” questions can annoy he community, being asked over and over, but in he final analysis, Linux is a community and growth of such a community is only in favour of Linux.

    Ms has a strangle-hold in 3 main areas: Business (companies have used MS for years and complete change/retraining isnt cost effective), gaming and hardware. The gaming area is becoming much more blurred now as a good number of games are becoming available on Linux, even big titles.. Hardware vendors do sometimes make drivers for Linux, but often dont bother, leaving the community to do the job. They are coming around, though very slowly and need to realise that many do use Linux and supporting it can make them money, selling more of their hardware.

    Of all the ups and downs that Linux OS has had over the years, I do believe Linux is getting stronger as time passes and I for one see a bright future for Linux.

    Long live Linux and all (like you Trevor) that support it..

    1. Hi SpectreOl, thanks for stopping by and the kind words! I’m glad you found this article helpful. I think I will make an effort to make additional Linux articles as yours and others feedback has been very positive and they seem quite popular. Additionally, sometimes you just don’t find the all the information you need in one place(as this article proved) and it’s great to find the exact steps you need in a single location. Glad to have helped and best of luck with your Krita install! Hope it continues to work as expected!

  9. I did all of the above, but the version installed is still 2.8.5. Not difficult, but I’ve seen easier. But here comes the real frustrating part: I already version 3.1.2 running after downloading just 1 file from the Krita site. And clicking on it, just had to choose the option “make executable and Run.”

    So, I was quite pleased, and even more when I saw what this 77 MB piece of software has to offer, and how fast and easy compared to GIMP (also great software, but a bit demanding for my old laptop).

    The only thing left, was to get it in the software menu, and integrated in the shell options like “open with…” when right-clicking on a filename. The Linux Mint Software Manager also had Krita, as “Not Installed”. And it had a lower version, iircc the same as I have now. apt-get update afterwards didn’t change a thing. O, I am pretty new to Linux, though my friends wonder where I learned the curse word Sudo Su! (Sodeju is a Dutch curse).

    Here’s the name of the package in my download folder:

    krita-3.1.2-x86_64.appimage (now listed as program).

    EDIT: after posting some 10 minutes ago, I learned what an Appimage is: about the same as “portable version”.

    1. Hi Kees,
      Thanks for commenting. In regards to version 2.8.5 still installed, did you uninstall this version before performing the steps to add the PPA? If not, I would suggest going into the package manager and remove the new PPA location and uninstall the old version and try again. This should get all the integration that you need rather than using the appimage version.

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