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 -


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.


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.


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.

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.

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