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Drawing program for young children

Tux Paint is a simple, easy-to-use drawing program for children ages 2 and up.

It provides a fixed canvas size, one-click saving and thumbnail-based browsing and loading. Large icons, simple labels and prompts, and the ability to display only uppercase characters and disable features like printing, quitting, and certain prompts make it easy for very young children and the disabled.

Tools include a paintbrush, lines, shapes, text too, a large eraser, a rubber stamp tool with dozens of pre-drawn and photographic images, and a collection of "magic" special effects tools. Multiple levels of undo and redo are available.

A cartoon version of "Tux," the Linux penguin helps explain what's going on. Additional stamps, fonts and brushes can be added easily.

Tux Paint has been translated into nearly 20 languages: Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Hungarian, Korean, Norwegian, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and British English.


Documentation is provided for installing, configuring, and extending TuxPaint. Instructions provided for installation on all major operating systems, including GNU/Linux.

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2Janet Casey13 January 2003

Leaders and contributors

Bill Kendrick Maintainer

Resources and communication

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Code repository VCS Repository Webview
Announcements Mailing List Info/Archive
Support Mailing List Info/Archive
All mailing lists Mailing List Info/Archive
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Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use libPNG
Required to build gettext
Required to use gettext
Required to use libSDL
Required to build SDL_mixer
Required to build SDL_image
Required to use SDL_image
Required to build libSDL
Required to build SDL_ttf
Required to use SDL_ttf
Weak prerequisite SDL_mixer
Required to build FreeType
Required to use FreeType
Required to build libPNG

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 15 September 2016.


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