Stable release
23.08.4[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 7 December 2023
Written inC++
Operating systemUnix-like
TypeRaster graphics editor
LicenseBSD license,[3] LGPL-2.0+, GFDL-1.2

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:

In version K Desktop Environment 3.3, KolourPaint replaced KPaint as the standard simple painting application.[7]

KolourPaint has a port to Microsoft Windows[8] as part of the KDE on Windows initiative. KolourPaint also has ports to MacOS but they are very complicated and require coding knowledge or command line knowledge.[9][10]

See also


  1. ^ "KolourPaint". KDE Applications.
  2. ^ "v23.08.4". Retrieved 3 January 2024.
  3. ^ "Graphics / KolourPaint · GitLab". GitLab.
  4. ^ "Windows 7 hits Milestone 3". ZDNet. 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. ^ "Announcing KDE 3.3". KDE Community. August 19, 2004.
  8. ^ "Windows 64-bit KDE Binaries". Binary Factory for KDE. 20 December 2023. Archived from the original on 2024-01-18. Retrieved 20 December 2023.
  9. ^ "Homebrew tap for KDE Frameworks". GitHub. Archived from the original on 2020-10-06. Retrieved 2018-08-25.
  10. ^ "MacPorts Portfiles". Retrieved 2018-08-25.