I'd like to insert perfect arrows (the sort you can make using Inkscape: straight, symmetric tips, of customizable width and length, etc.) into images in GIMP. At the moment the closest thing to this I can do is by holding down "shift" whilst using the PaintBrush tool which just creates straight lines (with no arrowheads).

  • There are a lot of tutorials on the net. Can you tell us something more about your efforts? Have you tried to draw a path and stroke it? – Paolo Gibellini Dec 20 '14 at 13:03
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    ArrowsCreator 0.3 is decent plugin for arrows. Works with gimp 2.8.14 – User Apr 7 '15 at 20:19

GIMP features no ready "shapes" tools, or the ability to easily create arrows. You have to draw then manually - either zooming in the head region and using click_shift to raw two straight lines for the head - or using the paths tool to start with, manually putting two segments to the head, and selecting "edit->stroke" for the whole path.

The advantage of the second approach is being able to fine tune the arrow before the stroke or undo/adjust/stroke again.

Depending on the workflow, you could draw a nice, steady arrow in a separate image, then copy it and edit->paste as new->brush - then you'd have a nice arrow stamp, with customizable size and angle to use with the brush tool.

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There is a plugin:

Download arrow.scm and save it to /home/username/.gimp-2.8/scripts (on a Linux system).

For example:

cd ~/.gimp-2.8/scripts
wget https://web.archive.org/web/20160708211721/http://registry.gimp.org/files/arrow.scm

Check your version numbers, naturally. Next time you start up Gimp, you should see an Arrow option under the Tools menu.

Find out more about how to use it on maketecheasier.com.

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    It is 2016 now... To draw arrows we have google, then go to stackexchange, to grab the code for console, to download a plugin. Cool. – MajesticRa Jan 5 '16 at 19:56
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    Definitely. <likely sarcasm noted, and then...> In 1991 we pored over books, called people we knew, and some limited few had Internet access. It's so much faster to get a solution moving these days. – skia.heliou Jan 22 '16 at 22:11
  • A modified version of the above script to support bended arrows: registry.gimp.org/node/28566 – gaborous Feb 21 '16 at 15:31
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    you can just refresh the plugins list without restarting gimp: filters/scriptfu/refresh – Aquarius Power Apr 22 '16 at 20:39
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    Holy hell those are some ugly arrows: registry.gimp.org/files/Description.png – leo-the-manic Sep 30 '16 at 13:18

This answer is based on @User's comment.

One method of creating arrows in Gimp is to use the python plugin ArrowsCreator. A new version has been released (0.3) that works with Gimp versions 2.8.14 and above. To get it to work, download ArrowsCreator-0.3.py from http://gimpchat.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=11670 then place it in your gimp plugins folder as shown below (Windows 10). install gimp py location

If Gimp is open, close it then restart it. You should get a popup box like the one shown below. Arrow Creator popup on install

The first two entries are for creating a menu for this plugin. I changed "Arrows crea_tor" to "Arrows creator" then clicked OK.

Now open a picture in Gimp and click on Extension->Plugins-Python->Tools-> Arrows Creator as shown in the picture below. Arrow Creator Menu

You should see some instructions showing you how to create arrows. Arrow Creator gimp python plugin instructions

As instructed choose a color (I chose red).

Select a color

Then choose the path tool and click on the image twice (the points will become the head and tail of the arrow).

Select path tool Gimp

Choose your arrow style. I chose "Square cut shaft" style and got this

Resulting arrow

There are currently 7 different styles to choose from and customize. Hopefully this is enough information to get you started!

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  • Thanks, but how do you use it in Gimp 2.10? I've put the plugin into ~/snap/gimp/40/.config/GIMP/2.10/plug-ins/, but I'm not getting the initial window and there is no "Extensions" menu. – Slava Fomin II Jun 7 '18 at 6:47
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    I’m guessing you are using linux? I’m not sure as I was using win10. Also, I’ve heard that Gimp 2.10 has broken a few plugins. I expect this could be one of them. If I get a chance to test it, I will update the post. – TryHarder Jun 7 '18 at 8:51

For GIMP versions later than 2.8:

  1. Go to your home folder
  2. Go to .config/GIMP
  3. Go to the folder with a version number (2.10 for me)
  4. Go to scripts
  5. Download the arrow.scm file and place it here. Don't forget to unzip.
  6. Open GIMP and draw a path

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  1. From Tools menu, select Arrow

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  • The download link works, my download says arrow.zip 100%[===================>] but the arrow,zip archive can't be unzipped. – karel Dec 30 '18 at 15:30
  • I have just verified that the file can be unzipped on a second computer. Likely something needs fixing on your end @karel – mikabytes Dec 31 '18 at 16:30
  • I found the link at programmer97.talktalk.net/Files/arrow.zip – Steven Almeroth Feb 6 '19 at 22:40

Use the text tool and copy & paste a unicode arrow sign


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  • With the obvious drawback that they do not have "customizable width and length", as was asked. – usr2564301 Jan 19 '18 at 23:06

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