There are many Linux programs that imitate the MS Paint of Windows XP and earlier. Is there one yet that looks like that of Windows 7 and has the same features?

screenshot of Windows 7 Paint

Primarily it should look the same as Windows 7 Paint (see the screenshot above), and be easy to use by people who are used to that application. It's all about “not having trouble switching to Linux”. In particular:

  • The way you can resize the image by dragging the bottom right point at the corner.
  • Not to forget its brushes (don't mind if they were a little different), its shapes (must include all shapes), its line thickness resizability and so on.
  • The selection property; where you select an area in the image and then you may copy it, delete it or whatever (very important).
  • It should support a wide range of image formats. I had a problem with that before.
  • One more question: do the controls have to be a ribbon thingy? It's a distinctive feature of the user interface, but a much-hated one. Mar 16, 2014 at 19:45
  • firstly thank you so much for taking time to edit my question :D ... yeah; preferably should be a ribbon since this is how it looks. I don't hate the ribbon XD XD thanks again :D @gilles
    – 842Mono
    Mar 16, 2014 at 19:50
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    Of all the features in Windows that could be a barrier to people switching to Linux, I never thought MS Paint would be one of them.
    – Ben Miller
    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:38
  • Then you haven't met me nor my friends :D I used to use paint almost daily! ...makes a big void when switching to Linux but you can't find your simple painting program that you tend to go to whenever you need a simple crop or a simple red circle :D @BenMiller
    – 842Mono
    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:41
  • To be clear - you want to restrict it to being as simple as MS Paint? So that gimp.org would not be acceptable because it far exceeds MS Paint?
    – Mawg
    Feb 27, 2015 at 13:57

3 Answers 3


The closest MS Paint clone is Pinta. I regard it as vastly superior to MS Paint, but it retains its simplicity.

All of your needs can be founded easily. Just give it a try.

To install in Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install pinta

screenshot of Pinta application

For other Linux distros, or whatever your OS (the app is cross-platform), choose your flavor from here:

  • Thanks but I know Pinta and I have it installed and I love it but the point is it that looks like that of windows xp.
    – 842Mono
    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:48
  • @MinaMichael you can't find the same Interface, but i think the actions in Pinta is much similar to that in windows7
    – Maythux
    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:51
  • And that's why I've included "yet" in my question. thank you so far. :D
    – 842Mono
    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:58
  • @MinaMichael Then the answer is No One is yet the same :). You are welcome buddy
    – Maythux
    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:59

Currently, there are more alternatives, like KolourPaint.

I really like it's simplicity.

screenshot of KolourPaint application


There is https://jspaint.app/ that is an online clone of Windows XP Paint. You probably can save the HTML page with JS and use it offline.

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