For some reason my version of gimp is missing certain features/buttons

I am trying to create a gradient from a palette but when I right click on the palette it is missing the option to do what is suggested in this image

Buttons that should be there

On a documentation page it suggests

Documentation Suggestion

But the link is just to the Python homepage and I can't find any other details anywhere

What should I do to get these features?

I am running Gimp 2.10.8 on Ubuntu 19.04 downloaded using the package manager

  • I can't replicate this problem. What version of GIMP are you using? Where did you download it from? What operating system are you using? – Billy Kerr Mar 26 at 21:37
  • I am running Gimp 2.10.8 on Ubuntu 19.04 downloaded using the package manager – Tristan Warren Mar 26 at 23:09

On recent Ubuntu (since 18.04 at least, may be earlier) they made the Python support in Gimp optional. You can tell if your Gimp has Python support by looking at the bottom of the Filters menu that should have a Python-fu submenu alongside the Script-fu one. If it's not there you are missing Python.

You can install the Gimp python support using sudo apt install gimp-python.

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When they write that some feature need the Python language interpreter, they mean "you need to have Python installed on your machine, so that GIMP can use it".

You can find detailed instructions here for an earlier version of GIMP, which should still work.

How to correctly install Python for Windows in Gimp-2.6.11

I hope you know to handle your Ubuntu, because you will need to adapt from those Windows instructions. Basically the instructions tell you what you need. Then you can go to any other forum and ask "How do I install this Python for my Ubuntu version?" This is a Graphics forum, so not the best place for questions about how to hack the underlying tools.

You are welcome to shout again, if you have follow-up questions or get stuck along the way.

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