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KolourPaint screenshot from Ubuntu
KolourPaint screenshot from Ubuntu
Developer(s) KDE[1]
Stable release 18.08.0 (12 July 2018; 2 months ago (2018-07-12)[2]) [±]
Written in C++
Operating system Unix-like
Type Raster graphics editor
License BSD license[3]
Website kolourpaint.org

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,[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. KolourPaint also has ports to MacOS[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "KDE - KolourPaint - Paint Program". 
  2. ^ "KDE Ships KDE Applications 18.08.0". KDE. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 19 August 2018. 
  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. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "KDE - Announcing KDE 3.3". 
  8. ^ "Homebrew tap for KDE Frameworks". Retrieved 2018-08-25. 
  9. ^ "MacPorts Portfiles". Retrieved 2018-08-25.