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!

I hope this one stop shop is able to solve your issues. It was a bit frustrating to have to piece things together with multiple online searches to get it working. If this helped you out, let us know in the comments below! Also, don’t forget to like and subscribe!

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3 Replies to “How to Install Krita on Linux Mint 17.2”

    1. I don’t have experience with Darktable, but speaking about Krita and GIMP, Krita has a lot more tools for painting then GIMP. Also there are a lot of extra free brushes to download. GIMP is better for manipulations with photography and Krita for painting and drawing.

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