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KolourPaint screenshot.png
Stable release
21.08.3[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 4 November 2021
Preview release
21.11.80[3] Edit this on Wikidata / 12 November 2021
Written inC++
Operating systemUnix-like
TypeRaster graphics editor
LicenseBSD license,[4] LGPL-2.0+, GFDL-1.2

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

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.[8]

KolourPaint has a port to Microsoft Windows[citation needed] as part of the KDE on Windows initiative. KolourPaint also has ports to MacOS.[9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "KDE - KolourPaint - Paint Program".
  2. ^ https://github.com/KDE/kolourpaint/releases/tag/v21.08.3.
  3. ^ https://github.com/KDE/kolourpaint/releases/tag/v21.11.80.
  4. ^ "KolourPaint - Copying - KDE Projects".
  5. ^ "Windows 7 hits Milestone 3". Retrieved 2012-08-24. The Ribbon user interface from Office 2007 is now part of WordPad and Paint.
  6. ^ "Product Comparison About KolourPaint". Retrieved 2008-01-14.
  7. ^ "KolourPaint – It's a Kolourful world" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-01-14.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "KDE - Announcing KDE 3.3".
  9. ^ "Homebrew tap for KDE Frameworks". Retrieved 2018-08-25.
  10. ^ "MacPorts Portfiles". Retrieved 2018-08-25.