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Installing GIMP Scripts


Developers can add additional functionality to the GIMP via scripts. Many scripts are available for download from the GIMP Plugin Registry.

They often come in two different versions, Script-Fu or Python. The Python versions generally provide enhanced functionality over the Script-Fu versions.

  • Script_Fu have a scm file extension
  • Python scripts have a py file extension

Note: To find scripts in the Plugin Registry search on keywords.

Script-Fu is supported by the GIMP without installing any additional software. However, to get Python scripts working you will need to follow some additional steps:

  • Download and install Python - Both version 2.5 and 2.6 are currently supported
  • Download and install PyCairo
  • Download and install PyGObject
  • Download and install PyGTK

Note: Check the Win-GIMP FAQ for the latest supported versions of Python

If you have already installed the main GIMP package prior to installing the Python components you will need to run the installer again to allow for Python support within GIMP.


Installing Scripts

Installing scripts is a trivial process. Copy them to the relevant folder and restart GIMP.  For Script-Fu you can do a refresh from "Filters > Script-Fu > Refresh". 

Script-Fu scripts are installed in the Scripts Folder.  You can find the location of the folders by going to "Edit > Preferences>Folders>Scripts".

Python scripts are installed in the Plug-Ins Folder.  You can find the location of the folders by going to "Edit > Preferences>Folders>Plug-Ins".