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What is my "Gimp profile" and where do I find it?

Jun 20, 2011, 19:59 (This post was last modified: Mar 29, 2014 20:26 by ofnuts.)
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What is my "Gimp profile" and where do I find it?
The "Gimp profile" is a folder (actually a folder tree) where Gimp keeps information that pertains to you, the user:
  • your file history
  • your windows and dialogs setup
  • your settings and presets for some tools
  • your keyboard shortcuts
  • your brushes, gradients, palettes, patterns, fonts, scripts, plugins and brush dynamics (as opposed to those installed for the benefits of all users).
Since it is a personal folder, Gimp keeps it with others files that also belong to you, usually:
  • In Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\{your_id}\.gimp-2.8 (ie, a "sibling" of "Application Data" and "My Documents")
  • In Vista and Windows 7: C:\Users\{your_id}\.gimp-2.8 (ie, a "sibling" of "Application Data" and "My Documents")
  • In Linux: /home/{your_id}/.gimp-2.8 (aka ~/.gimp-2.6)
  • In OSX: /Users/{your_id}/Library/GIMP/2.8/
.gimp-2.8 is of course version-dependent, so in the near future you may have to look for .gimp-2.9 (or you may still be using .gimp-2.6), If you run several versions in parallel, you will have a profile for each, i.e., distinct profiles for Gimp 2.6 and Gimp 2.8, while all the successive updates to Gimp 2.8 will use the same profile.

If it's not there:
  • Don't panic
  • If you are on Linux or OSX, keep in mind that the leading dot in the name makes many tools "omit" to display it, so you may have to explicitly ask your file explorer to display hidden files to navigate to it.
  • On all systems (and especially Windows versions), it can be elsewhere for several reasons, for instance because the user profile has been moved to another partition/drive (especially with "roaming" users). Here are two tricks to find it (they both assume that Gimp can run):
    • Trick #1
      • Edit/Preferences and open the Folders tree in the left pane of the dialog.
      • If you click on any of the folders (for instance, Brushes), the right pane will normally display two folders:
        • The non-writable one is the one that holds system-wide features (brushes in this case), located somewhere in the Gimp installation tree
        • The writable one is your own brushes folder in your Gimp profile: the Gimp profile is its parent folder.
    • Trick #2
      • Open Filters/Python-fu/Console
      • Enter this:
        Code:
        print gimp.directory
Your Gimp profile is the right place to install additional material (scripts, plugins, brushes, palettes, fonts, gradients...). It is a much better place than the system Gimp installation folder:
  • Installing things there will not require admin privileges
  • The installed items are less likely to be wiped out by a Gimp re-installation
  • They are more likely to be backed up since they are part of the user's data

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Jun 20, 2011, 23:06
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thanks a bunch for this!

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Mar 24, 2012, 19:14
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Thank you! Exactly what I needed to know for this.
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Jun 13, 2012, 20:50
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RE: What is my "Gimp profile" and where do I find it?
Hey, that's pretty cool! I knew it was there, but I never knew it was called the GIMP Profile. Very handy folder if you ever need to re-install your OS.
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May 27, 2013, 22:06
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How do I change this folder? I have tried editing the individual folder locations under preferences, and I have also tried using the console with gimp.directory="[filepath]", but nether seems to have worked. I really don't like having the default location in the root of my personal folder.
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May 28, 2013, 00:10
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RE: What is my "Gimp profile" and where do I find it?
You can't change the main folder. You can add folders to the set to have brushes/fonts kept elsewhere.

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May 28, 2013, 11:51
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That seems stupid.
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May 28, 2013, 14:01
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RE: What is my "Gimp profile" and where do I find it?
In the usual way to do things. That's where data is kept in Unix, and where it's kept on Windows (even if in Windows, there are slightly better choices (Application Data, etc...).

What makes you think it's stupid?

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Dec 5, 2013, 09:36
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I don't know how to find my GIMP profile... Confused
I'm using Windows 8 which is proving to be a bad choice. Angry
Can you help me? My GIMP has crashed, failing to launch at tool presets every single time I try to open it up.

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Dec 5, 2013, 09:39
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RE: What is my "Gimp profile" and where do I find it?
Also, I do not know what "your id" is :P
Does it mean "computer name"? "computer IP address"?
Or is it different from either of them?
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Dec 5, 2013, 12:24
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RE: What is my "Gimp profile" and where do I find it?
You "id" is your user name for Windows (the directory under "C:\USers" that looks related to the name you use to log in, and that contains your usual stuff, like "My Documents" (or whatever they renamed it in Win8).

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Dec 5, 2013, 12:28
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(Dec 5, 2013 09:39)meowju Wrote:  Also, I do not know what "your id" is Tongue
Does it mean "computer name"? "computer IP address"?
Or is it different from either of them?

Just the same as Vista/Win7. In Win 8 open the desktop view

"your_id" is the name after C:\Users\

and following on, your Gimp Profile is the folder .gimp-2.8 and everything it contains    
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Dec 8, 2013, 06:43
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RE: What is my "Gimp profile" and where do I find it?
Thank you guys!!!
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Dec 8, 2013, 07:04
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RE: What is my "Gimp profile" and where do I find it?
Thank you so much ofnuts and rich2005!
My GIMP now launches fine!
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