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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

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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 -

~/gimp-{version}/

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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Update for Windows 10:

Your Gimp profile is stored in C:\Users{USERNAME}\AppData\Roaming\GIMP{version} (on Windows 10.)

For example, mine is stored at C:\Documents and Settings\User\peter\GIMP\2.10.

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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.

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