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Original author(s)Martin Renold[1][2][3]
Developer(s)MyPaint Contributors
Initial releaseMarch 12, 2005; 17 years ago (2005-03-12)[4][5]
Stable release
2.0.1[6] Edit this on Wikidata / 29 May 2020
Preview release
2.0.2-alpha[7] Edit this on Wikidata / 29 May 2020
Written inC, C++ and Python (GTK)
Operating systemWindows, macOS, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFly BSD
PlatformIA-32 and x64[8]
TypeRaster graphics editor

MyPaint is a free and open-source raster graphics editor for digital painting. It is available for Windows, macOS, and Unix-like operating systems.[10][11][12]


MyPaint versions up to 1.00 and bug/issue tracking were hosted by Gna!.[13]

MyPaint uses graphical control elements from GTK and, since 1.2.0, uses GTK 3.[14]

In 2020 MyPaint 2.0.0 release succeeds MyPaint 1.2, released back in 2017, and brings a stack of new features and improved tools with it.[15]


Among MyPaint's capabilities are:

  • Pressure-sensitive graphics tablet support
  • Dynamic brush library, standalone for integration into third-party applications
  • Layer management
  • Simple interface
  • Gamut masking color wheel
  • "Unlimited" canvas not requiring predetermination of image size
  • Symmetry Modes
  • Python 3 support
  • Integrated bug reporting
  • Supports graphics tablets made by Wacom, and similar devices


Original author(s)Martin Renold[1][2][3]
Developer(s)libmypaint Contributors
Initial releaseNovember 23, 2008; 14 years ago (2008-11-23)[16]
Stable release
1.6.1 / May 12, 2020; 2 years ago (2020-05-12)[17]
Written inC
Operating systemWindows, macOS, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFly BSD
TypeBrush library

MyPaint has a custom procedural brush engine optimized for use with pressure-sensitive graphics tablets. In later MyPaint versions, the engine was broken out into the separately maintained libmypaint library to make it easier to integrate into other applications.[19]

MyPaint's brush library is available as a Krita plugin, and also GIMP has support for MyPaint brushes by default.[20]

Media attention[edit]

MyPaint was used by David Revoy, the art director of Sintel (the third computer-animated film by the Blender Foundation).[21]

Native file format[edit]

The Adobe PSD file format changed its license in 2006, and it is now only permitted to develop applications using it in order to interact with Adobe software.[22] As a result, a comprehensive graphics design format, OpenRaster, was developed based on the Open Document format. MyPaint uses Open Raster as its default format, but also supports saving images to PNG or JPEG.[23]


  1. ^ a b MyPaint meetup, attending LGM2010, 2010-05-09, Jon Nordby, Grapikslabor, In Zürich I also meet up with Martin Renold, the creator of MyPaint.
  2. ^ a b About >> Martin Renold's Linkpage, MyPaint painting application that I have initially written
  3. ^ a b MyPaint: mixing Python and C, Martin Renold is one of the MyPaint maintainers. He created the program in 2004 while studying, - 13th LSM from 7 to 12 July 2012, Libre Software Meeting
  4. ^ Developer Monologue: Short History of MyPaint, 2009-06-18 - Martin Renold's log2
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 4, 2005. Retrieved 2017-09-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Release 2.0.1". 29 May 2020. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Download". Retrieved 2015-11-28.
  9. ^ "COPYING". GitHub. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  10. ^ Open Source painting with MyPaint, 2010-04-02, By Nathan Willis, Worldlabel Blog
  11. ^ "Downloads". MyPaint. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  12. ^ MyPaint 0.8.0 Review, Alexandre Prokoudine, 2010-01-31, Libre Graphics World
  13. ^ "MyPaint - Summary". Gna!. Archived from the original on 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
  14. ^ "MyPaint 1.2.0 release note".
  15. ^ "MyPaint v2.0.0 Released".
  16. ^ brushlib splitoff (moved some code from lib into brushlib), 2008-11-23, First libmypaint commit
  17. ^ a b "Latest libmypaint releases". GitHub. Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  18. ^ "COPYING(from libmypaint)". GitHub. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  19. ^ "Brushlib/libmypaint is now a separate module". Retrieved 2015-11-28.
  20. ^ Wilber (27 April 2018). "GIMP - GIMP 2.10.0 Released". Retrieved 2019-08-25.
  21. ^ Prokoudine, Alexandre (2010-09-30). "Interview with Sintel's art director David Revoy". Libre Graphics World. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  22. ^ Willis, Nathan (2006-07-07). "Debate arises over an open raster graphics format". Archive. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  23. ^ "Basic usage Tutorial: Saving and exporting your work". MyPaint (official site). 2010. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2013-03-25.

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