I've used GIMP for a while and have custom settings, brushes, plugins, etc. installed on my Windows 7 computer. I have a Windows XP machine that I want GIMP on too, and I want all the customizations already on my Windows 7 computer on the XP one as well. Where is the GIMP settings/plugins/brushes folder and what is the best way to transfer everything in a easy manner?

BTW I'm using GIMP 2.8

  • Thank you for asking this question because I was searching the whole wide web to find an answer. Thanks also to the person who answered the question :) Jul 18, 2018 at 19:00
  • How is this not off-topic? This should be on SuperUser as per description on the gimp tag itself
    – Luciano
    Dec 14, 2018 at 12:14

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Your Gimp profile is stored in C:\Documents and Settings\{USERNAME}\.gimp-{version}\ (on Windows.)

For example, mine is stored at C:\Documents and Settings\User\james\.gimp-2.8\.
I also had a leftover gimp-2.6 folder.

Bonus Round: Linux location -


E.G., /home/james/.gimp-2.8/

As for transferring the settings, just copy the folder to a USB stick and put it in the appropriate place on the destination computer.

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    This does not work.
    – felwithe
    Mar 24, 2022 at 15:51
  • @felwithe Since 2013, things have changed quite a bit. In Gimp 2.10 the profile has moved. See here to find out where it is (on Windows, somewhere in your AppData/Roaming IIRC).
    – xenoid
    Mar 24, 2022 at 16:17

For all systems & versions:

Everything is in your "Gimp profile"(*). This tutorial on the Gimp site shows two ways to figure out where that is, whatever the OS or the Gimp version ("portable" Gimp builds keep the profile elsewhere).

  • Executing print gimp.directory in the Python-fu console
  • Using Edit>Preferences>Folders to locate user folders, that are just below the main Gimp profile directory.

(*) Some files that may require a bit of care:

  • pluginrc is going to be rebuilt anyway, using the plugins that are actually present on the other system
  • sessionrc contains windows positions, this may be a problem if the target system has a smaller display (or uses only one display if the source system has several). But you can reset the windows positions to default in Edit>Preferences>Window management
  • gimprc may contain paths to directories that don't exist on the target system, and screen calibration values that can be incorrect on the target system.
  • This does not work.
    – felwithe
    Mar 24, 2022 at 15:51
  • @felwithe What doesn't work? You can't find the profile this way?
    – xenoid
    Mar 24, 2022 at 16:20

Update for Windows 10:

Your Gimp profile is stored in (on Windows 10)


For example, mine is stored at

C:\Documents and Settings\User\peter\GIMP\2.10\
  • Technically, the move it due to the new Gimp version (2.10 from 2.08) and not from a new Windows version.
    – xenoid
    Mar 24, 2022 at 16:19

Probably easiest and fastest way is to open:


You can just paste this in Win+R window. You can also use it in a cmd shell.

Note that APPDATA is a standard environment variable. I think it was even set on Windows 98, definetly on Windows XP and 7. The variable is automatically set for logged in user.


The instructions for linux are incorrect. I found the settings in /home/user/.config/GIMP/2.10. I copied this folder, then went to the new PC, deleted the same folder and then pasted the old folder in. Merging the new and old folders did not work.

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