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GIMPRC(5)                     File Formats Manual                    GIMPRC(5)



NAME
       gimprc - gimp configuration file

DESCRIPTION
       The  gimprc file is a configuation file read by the GIMP when it starts
       up.   There  are  two  of  these:  one  system-wide   one   stored   in
       /etc/gimp/2.0/gimprc  and  a  per-user $HOME/.gimp-2.0/gimprc which may
       override system settings.

       Comments are introduced by a hash sign (#), and continue until the  end
       of the line.  Blank lines are ignored.

       The  gimprc  file  associates values with properties.  These properties
       may be set by lisp-like assignments of the form:

              (property-name value)

       where:

       property-name
                 is one of the property names described below.

       value     is the value the property is to be set to.

       Either spaces or tabs may be used to separate the name from the value.

PROPERTIES
       Valid properties and their default values are:


       (temp-path "${gimp_dir}/tmp")

              Sets the temporary storage directory.  Files  will  appear  here
              during  the  course of running the GIMP.  Most files will disap-
              pear when the GIMP exits, but some files are likely  to  remain,
              so  it  is  best  if this directory not be one that is shared by
              other users.  This is a single folder.


       (swap-path "${gimp_dir}")

              Sets the swap file location. The gimp uses a tile  based  memory
              allocation  scheme.  The swap file is used to quickly and easily
              swap tiles out to disk and back in. Be aware that the swap  file
              can easily get very large if the GIMP is used with large images.
              Also, things can get horribly slow if the swap file  is  created
              on  a directory that is mounted over NFS.  For these reasons, it
              may be desirable to put your swap file in  "/tmp".   This  is  a
              single folder.


       (stingy-memory-use no)

              There  is  always a tradeoff between memory usage and speed.  In
              most cases, the GIMP opts for speed over  memory.   However,  if
              memory  is  a  big  issue, try to enable this setting.  Possible
              values are yes and no.


       (num-processors 1)

              On multiprocessor machines,  if  GIMP  has  been  compiled  with
              --enable-mp this sets how many processors GIMP should use simul-
              taneously.  This is an integer value.


       (tile-cache-size 64M)

              The tile cache is used to make  sure  the  GIMP  doesn't  thrash
              tiles  between  memory  and disk. Setting this value higher will
              cause the GIMP to use less swap space, but will also  cause  the
              GIMP to use more memory. Conversely, a smaller cache size causes
              the GIMP to use more swap space and less  memory.   The  integer
              size  can  contain  a suffix of 'B', 'K', 'M' or 'G' which makes
              GIMP interpret the size as being specified in bytes,  kilobytes,
              megabytes  or  gigabytes.  If  no  suffix  is specified the size
              defaults to being specified in kilobytes.


       (interpolation-type linear)

              Sets the level of  interpolation  used  for  scaling  and  other
              transformations.  Possible values are none, linear and cubic.


       (plug-in-path "${gimp_dir}/plug-ins:${gimp_plug_in_dir}/plug-ins")

              Sets the plug-in search path.  This is a colon-separated list of
              folders to search.


       (module-path "${gimp_dir}/modules:${gimp_plug_in_dir}/modules")

              Sets the module search path.  This is a colon-separated list  of
              folders to search.


       (environ-path "${gimp_dir}/environ:${gimp_plug_in_dir}/environ")

              Sets the environ search path.  This is a colon-separated list of
              folders to search.


       (brush-path "${gimp_dir}/brushes:${gimp_data_dir}/brushes")

              Sets the brush search path.  This is a colon-separated  list  of
              folders to search.


       (brush-path-writable "${gimp_dir}/brushes")

                This is a colon-separated list of folders to search.


       (pattern-path "${gimp_dir}/patterns:${gimp_data_dir}/patterns")

              Sets the pattern search path.  This is a colon-separated list of
              folders to search.


       (pattern-path-writable "${gimp_dir}/patterns")

                This is a colon-separated list of folders to search.


       (palette-path "${gimp_dir}/palettes:${gimp_data_dir}/palettes")

              Sets the palette search path.  This is a colon-separated list of
              folders to search.


       (palette-path-writable "${gimp_dir}/palettes")

                This is a colon-separated list of folders to search.


       (gradient-path "${gimp_dir}/gradients:${gimp_data_dir}/gradients")

              Sets  the  gradient search path.  This is a colon-separated list
              of folders to search.


       (gradient-path-writable "${gimp_dir}/gradients")

                This is a colon-separated list of folders to search.


       (font-path "${gimp_dir}/fonts:${gimp_data_dir}/fonts")

              Where to look for fonts.  This  is  a  colon-separated  list  of
              folders to search.


       (font-path-writable "${gimp_dir}/fonts")

                This is a colon-separated list of folders to search.


       (default-brush "Circle (11)")

              Specify a default brush.  The brush is searched for in the spec-
              ified brush path.  This is a string value.


       (default-pattern "Pine")

              Specify a default pattern. The pattern is searched  for  in  the
              specified pattern path.  This is a string value.


       (default-palette "Default")

              Specify  a  default palette.  The palette is searched for in the
              specified palette path.  This is a string value.


       (default-gradient "FG to BG (RGB)")

              Specify a default gradient.  The gradient is searched for in the
              specified gradient path.  This is a string value.


       (default-font "Sans")

              Specify  a  default font.  The font is searched for in the font-
              config font path.
               This is a string value.


       (global-brush yes)

              When enabled, the selected brush will be  used  for  all  tools.
              Possible values are yes and no.


       (global-pattern yes)

              When  enabled,  the selected pattern will be used for all tools.
              Possible values are yes and no.


       (global-palette yes)

              When enabled, the selected palette will be used for  all  tools.
              Possible values are yes and no.


       (global-gradient yes)

              When  enabled, the selected gradient will be used for all tools.
              Possible values are yes and no.


       (global-font yes)

              When enabled, the selected font will  be  used  for  all  tools.
              Possible values are yes and no.


       (default-image
                  (width 256)
                  (height 256)
                  (unit inches)
                  (xresolution 72.000000)
                  (yresolution 72.000000)
                  (resolution-unit inches)
                  (image-type rgb)
                  (fill-type background-fill)
                  (comment "Created with The GIMP"))

              Sets  the  default  image  in  the "File/New" dialog.  This is a
              parameter list.


       (default-grid
                  (style intersections)
                  (fgcolor (color-rgba 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000 1.000000))
                  (bgcolor (color-rgba 1.000000 1.000000 1.000000 1.000000))
                  (xspacing 10.000000)
                  (yspacing 10.000000)
                  (spacing-unit inches)
                  (xoffset 0.000000)
                  (yoffset 0.000000)
                  (offset-unit inches))

              Specify a default image grid.  This is a parameter list.


       (undo-levels 5)

              Sets the minimal number of operations that can be  undone.  More
              undo  levels  are  kept  available  until the undo-size limit is
              reached.  This is an integer value.


       (undo-size 4M)

              Sets an upper limit to the memory that is used per image to keep
              operations  on  the  undo  stack. Regardless of this setting, at
              least as many undo-levels as  configured  can  be  undone.   The
              integer  size  can  contain  a  suffix  of  'B', 'K', kilobytes,
              megabytes or gigabytes. If  no  suffix  is  specified  the  size
              defaults to being specified in kilobytes.


       (undo-preview-size large)

              Sets  the  size  of  the previews in the Undo History.  Possible
              values are tiny, extra-small, small, medium, large, extra-large,
              huge, enormous and gigantic.


       (pluginrc-path "${gimp_dir}/pluginrc")

              Sets the pluginrc search path.  This is a single filename.


       (layer-previews yes)

              Sets whether GIMP should create previews of layers and channels.
              Previews in the layers and channels dialog are nice to have  but
              they  can slow things down when working with large images.  Pos-
              sible values are yes and no.


       (layer-preview-size medium)

              Sets the default preview size for layers and channels.  Possible
              values are tiny, extra-small, small, medium, large, extra-large,
              huge, enormous and gigantic.


       (thumbnail-size normal)

              Sets the size of the thumbnail saved with each image. Note  that
              GIMP  can  not  save  thumbnails if layer previews are disabled.
              Possible values are none, normal and large.


       (install-colormap no)

              Install a private colormap; might be useful on pseudocolor visu-
              als.  Possible values are yes and no.


       (min-colors 144)

              Generally only a concern for 8-bit displays, this sets the mini-
              mum number of system colors allocated for the GIMP.  This is  an
              integer value.


       (marching-ants-speed 300)

              Speed  of marching ants in the selection outline.  This value is
              in milliseconds (less time indicates faster marching).  This  is
              an integer value.


       (resize-windows-on-zoom no)

              When enabled, the image window will automatically resize itself,
              when zooming into and out of images.  Possible  values  are  yes
              and no.


       (resize-windows-on-resize no)

              When enabled, the image window will automatically resize itself,
              whenever the physical image size changes.  Possible  values  are
              yes and no.


       (default-dot-for-dot yes)

              When  enabled, this will ensure that each pixel of an image gets
              mapped to a pixel on the screen.  Possible values  are  yes  and
              no.


       (initial-zoom-to-fit yes)

              When  enabled,  this  will ensure that the full image is visible
              after a file is opened, otherwise it will be  displayed  with  a
              scale of 1:1.  Possible values are yes and no.


       (perfect-mouse yes)

              When  enabled,  the  X server is queried for the mouse's current
              position on each motion event, rather than relying on the  posi-
              tion  hint.   This  means  painting with large brushes should be
              more accurate, but it may be  slower.   Perversely,  on  some  X
              servers enabling this option results in faster painting.  Possi-
              ble values are yes and no.


       (cursor-mode tool-icon)

              Sets the mode of cursor the GIMP will use.  Possible values  are
              tool-icon, tool-crosshair and crosshair.


       (cursor-updating yes)

              Context-dependent   cursors  are  cool.   They  are  enabled  by
              default. However, they require overhead that you may want to  do
              without.  Possible values are yes and no.


       (show-brush-outline yes)

              When enabled, all paint tools will show a preview of the current
              brush's outline.  Possible values are yes and no.


       (image-title-format "%D*%f-%p.%i (%t, %L) %z%%")

              Sets the text to appear in image window titles.  This is a  for-
              mat  string;  certain  %  character sequences are recognised and
              expanded as follows:

              %%  literal percent sign
              %f  bare filename, or "Untitled"
              %F  full path to file, or "Untitled"
              %p  PDB image id
              %i  view instance number
              %t  image type (RGB, grayscale, indexed)
              %z  zoom factor as a percentage
              %s  source scale factor
              %d  destination scale factor
              %Dx expands to x if the image is dirty, the empty string  other-
              wise
              %Cx  expands to x if the image is clean, the empty string other-
              wise
              %l  the number of layers
              %L  the number of layers (long form)
              %m  memory used by the image
              %n  the name of the active layer/channel
              %P  the PDB id of the active layer/channel
              %w  image width in pixels
              %W  image width in real-world units
              %h  image height in pixels
              %H  image height in real-world units
              %u  unit symbol
              %U  unit abbreviation



       (image-status-format "%n (%m)")

              Sets the text to appear in image window status bars.  This is  a
              format  string; certain % character sequences are recognised and
              expanded as follows:

              %%  literal percent sign
              %f  bare filename, or "Untitled"
              %F  full path to file, or "Untitled"
              %p  PDB image id
              %i  view instance number
              %t  image type (RGB, grayscale, indexed)
              %z  zoom factor as a percentage
              %s  source scale factor
              %d  destination scale factor
              %Dx expands to x if the image is dirty, the empty string  other-
              wise
              %Cx  expands to x if the image is clean, the empty string other-
              wise
              %l  the number of layers
              %L  the number of layers (long form)
              %m  memory used by the image
              %n  the name of the active layer/channel
              %P  the PDB id of the active layer/channel
              %w  image width in pixels
              %W  image width in real-world units
              %h  image height in pixels
              %H  image height in real-world units
              %u  unit symbol
              %U  unit abbreviation



       (confirm-on-close yes)

              Ask for confirmation before closing  an  image  without  saving.
              Possible values are yes and no.


       (monitor-xresolution 72.000000)

              Sets  the monitor's horizontal resolution, in dots per inch.  If
              set to 0, forces the X server to be queried for both  horizontal
              and vertical resolution information.  This is a float value.


       (monitor-yresolution 72.000000)

              Sets  the  monitor's  vertical resolution, in dots per inch.  If
              set to 0, forces the X server to be queried for both  horizontal
              and vertical resolution information.  This is a float value.


       (monitor-resolution-from-windowing-system yes)

              When  enabled, the GIMP will use the monitor resolution from the
              windowing system.  Possible values are yes and no.


       (navigation-preview-size medium)

              Sets the size of the navigation preview available in  the  lower
              right  corner  of  the  image window.  Possible values are tiny,
              extra-small, small, medium, large, extra-large,  huge,  enormous
              and gigantic.


       (default-view
                  (show-menubar yes)
                  (show-rulers yes)
                  (show-scrollbars yes)
                  (show-statusbar yes)
                  (show-selection yes)
                  (show-layer-boundary yes)
                  (show-guides yes)
                  (show-grid no)
                  (padding-mode default)
                  (padding-color   (color-rgba   1.000000   1.000000  1.000000
              1.000000)))

              Sets the default settings for the image view.  This is a parame-
              ter list.


       (default-fullscreen-view
                  (show-menubar no)
                  (show-rulers no)
                  (show-scrollbars no)
                  (show-statusbar no)
                  (show-selection no)
                  (show-layer-boundary no)
                  (show-guides no)
                  (show-grid no)
                  (padding-mode custom)
                  (padding-color   (color-rgba   0.000000   0.000000  0.000000
              1.000000)))

              Sets the default settings  used  when  an  image  is  viewed  in
              fullscreen mode.  This is a parameter list.


       (activate-on-focus yes)

              When  enabled,  an  image  will become the active image when its
              image window receives the focus. This is useful for window  man-
              agers using "click to focus".
               Possible values are yes and no.


       (transparency-size medium-checks)

              Sets  the size of the checkerboard used to display transparency.
              Possible  values  are  small-checks,  medium-checks  and  large-
              checks.


       (transparency-type gray-checks)

              Sets  the  manner  in which transparency is displayed in images.
              Possible  values  are  light-checks,  gray-checks,  dark-checks,
              white-only, gray-only and black-only.


       (snap-distance 8)

              This  is  the  distance  in pixels where Guide and Grid snapping
              activates.  This is an integer value.


       (default-threshold 15)

              Tools such as fuzzy-select and bucket fill find regions based on
              a  seed-fill  algorithm.   The seed fill starts at the initially
              selected pixel and progresses in all directions until  the  dif-
              ference  of  pixel intensity from the original is greater than a
              specified threshold. This value represents the  default  thresh-
              old.  This is an integer value.


       (info-window-per-display no)

              When  enabled,  the  GIMP  will  use a different info window per
              image view.  Possible values are yes and no.


       (trust-dirty-flag no)

              When enabled, the GIMP will not save if the image  is  unchanged
              since opening it.  Possible values are yes and no.


       (save-device-status no)

              Remember the current tool, pattern, color, and brush across GIMP
              sessions.  Possible values are yes and no.


       (save-session-info yes)

              Save the positions and sizes of the main dialogs when  the  GIMP
              exits.  Possible values are yes and no.


       (restore-session yes)

              Let GIMP try to restore your last saved session on each startup.
              Possible values are yes and no.


       (show-tips yes)

              Enable to display a handy GIMP tip on startup.  Possible  values
              are yes and no.


       (show-tool-tips yes)

              Enable to display tooltips.  Possible values are yes and no.


       (tearoff-menus yes)

              When  enabled,  menus  can be torn off.  Possible values are yes
              and no.


       (can-change-accels no)

              When enabled, you can change keyboard shortcuts for  menu  items
              by hitting a key combination while the menu item is highlighted.
              Possible values are yes and no.


       (save-accels yes)

              Save changed keyboard shortcuts when the GIMP  exits.   Possible
              values are yes and no.


       (restore-accels yes)

              Restore saved keyboard shortcuts on each GIMP startup.  Possible
              values are yes and no.


       (last-opened-size 10)

              How many recently opened image filenames to  keep  on  the  File
              menu.  This is an integer value.


       (max-new-image-size 64M)

              GIMP will warn the user if an attempt is made to create an image
              that would take more memory than the size specified  here.   The
              integer  size can contain a suffix of 'B', 'K', 'M' or 'G' which
              makes GIMP interpret the size as being specified in bytes, kilo-
              bytes,  megabytes  or  gigabytes.  If no suffix is specified the
              size defaults to being specified in kilobytes.


       (theme-path "${gimp_dir}/themes:${gimp_data_dir}/themes")

              Sets the theme search path.  This is a colon-separated  list  of
              folders to search.


       (theme "Default")

              The name of the theme to use.  This is a string value.


       (use-help yes)

              When  enabled, pressing F1 will open the help browser.  Possible
              values are yes and no.


       (help-locales "")

              Specifies the language preferences used by the help system. This
              is  a colon-separated list of language identifiers with decreas-
              ing priority. If empty, the language is taken  from  the  user's
              locale setting.  This is a string value.


       (help-browser gimp)

              Sets  the  browser used by the help system.  Possible values are
              gimp and web-browser.


       (web-browser "mozilla %s")

              Sets the external web browser to be used.  This can be an  abso-
              lute  path  or  the  name  of an executable to search for in the
              user's PATH. If the command contains '%s' it  will  be  replaced
              with  the URL, else the URL will be appended to the command with
              a space separating the two.  This is a single filename.


       (toolbox-window-hint normal)

              The window type hint that is set on the toolbox. This may affect
              how  your  window manager decorates and handles the toolbox win-
              dow.  Possible values are normal and utility.


       (dock-window-hint normal)

              The window type hint that is  set  on  dock  windows.  This  may
              affect  the  way  your window manager decorates and handles dock
              windows.  Possible values are normal and utility.


       (fractalexplorer-path                           "${gimp_dir}/fractalex-
       plorer:${gimp_data_dir}/fractalexplorer")

              Where  to search for fractals used by the Fractal Explorer plug-
              in.  This is a colon-separated list of folders to search.


       (gfig-path "${gimp_dir}/gfig:${gimp_data_dir}/gfig")

              Where to search for Gfig figures used by the Gfig plug-in.  This
              is a colon-separated list of folders to search.


       (gflare-path "${gimp_dir}/gflare:${gimp_data_dir}/gflare")

              Where to search for gflares used by the GFlare plug-in.  This is
              a colon-separated list of folders to search.


       (gimpressionist-path  "${gimp_dir}/gimpressionist:${gimp_data_dir}/gim-
       pressionist")

              Where  to  search  for  data used by the Gimpressionist plug-in.
              This is a colon-separated list of folders to search.


       (script-fu-path "${gimp_dir}/scripts:${gimp_data_dir}/scripts")

              This path will be searched for scripts when the Script-Fu  plug-
              in is run.  This is a colon-separated list of folders to search.


PATH EXPANSION
       Strings  of  type  PATH  are  expanded  in a manner similar to bash(1).
       Specifically: tilde (~) is expanded to the user's home directory.  Note
       that  the  bash  feature  of  being  able to refer to other user's home
       directories by writing ~userid/ is not valid in this file.

       ${variable} is expanded to the current value of  an  environment  vari-
       able.  There are a few variables that are pre-defined:

       gimp_dir
              The  personal  gimp  directory  which is set to the value of the
              environment variable GIMP2_DIRECTORY or to ~/.gimp-2.0.

       gimp_data_dir
              Nase for paths to shareable data, which is set to the  value  of
              the  environment  variable  GIMP2_DATADIR  or to the compiled-in
              default value ${prefix}/share/gimp/2.0.

       gimp_plug_in_dir
              Base to paths for  architecture-specific  plugins  and  modules,
              which   is   set  to  the  value  of  the  environment  variable
              GIMP2_PLUGINDIR   or   to   the   compiled-in   default    value
              /usr/sfw/lib/gimp/2.0.

       gimp_sysconf_dir
              Path  to  configuration  files, which is set to the value of the
              environment variable  GIMP2_SYSCONFDIR  or  to  the  compiled-in
              default value /etc/gimp/2.0.


FILES
       /etc/gimp/2.0/gimprc
              System-wide configuration file

       $HOME/.gimp-2.0/gimprc
              Per-user configuration file


SEE ALSO
       gimp(1), gimptool(1), gimp-remote(1)



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