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KDE 4 logo for KolourPaint
KolourPaint 4.13 (en).png
KolourPaint screenshot from Ubuntu
Developer(s) KDE[1]
Stable release 16.08.1 (8 September 2016; 50 days ago (2016-09-08)) [±][2]
Written in C++ (Qt)
Operating system Unix-like
Type Raster graphics editor
License BSD license[3]
Website kolourpaint.org

KolourPaint is a free, raster graphics editor by KDE. It is similar to Microsoft's Paint application before the version shipped with Windows 7,[4] but has some additional features such as support for transparency, color balance and image rotation.[5][6]

It aims to be conceptually simple to understand, providing a level of functionality targeted towards the average user. KolourPaint is designed for casual work such as:

  • Painting: drawing diagrams and "finger painting"
  • Image Manipulation: editing screenshots and photos; applying effects
  • Icon Editing: drawing clipart and logos with transparency

In version K Desktop Environment 3.3, KolourPaint replaced KPaint as the standard simple painting application.[7]

KolourPaint has a port to Microsoft Windows as part of the KDE on Windows initiative.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "KDE - KolourPaint - Paint Program". 
  2. ^ "KDE Ships KDE Applications 16.08.1". KDE. 8 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "KolourPaint - Copying - KDE Projects". 
  4. ^ "Windows 7 hits Milestone 3". Retrieved 2012-08-24. The Ribbon user interface from Office 2007 is now part of WordPad and Paint. 
  5. ^ "Product Comparison About KolourPaint". Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  6. ^ "KolourPaint – It's a Kolourful world" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  7. ^ "KDE - Announcing KDE 3.3".