Gimp Integration

Photivo to Gimp

The Gimp plugin makes sure that EXIF data and colour profiles are properly transferred to Gimp. It does not create menu entries or anything else in Gimp.

The plugin is only needed for older Gimps. Gimp 2.10 handles metadata and profiles just fine on its own. If you have a new enough Gimp, go to Photivo’s settings and under Export command disable the Use gimp plugin checkbox.


Copy ptGimp to your local gimp plugins folder, which is usually located at ~/.gimp-2.*/plug-ins. Now the gimp export button of Photivo will send the image in the current pipe to Gimp, including EXIF data and output colour profile. Use the context menu on the Gimp button to get full size export.


The Gimp plugin is for the 32bit Windows version of GIMP 2.6.x, which is also the most common one used by almost everyone. Photivo itself can be 32bit or 64bit, both versions work. To install the plugin, just extract the archive to Gimp’s plugin folder.

  • To install the plugin only for yourself use your personal plugin folder, that should look something like C:\Users\<your username>\.gimp-2.6\plug-ins\
  • To install for all users (usually needs admin priviledges) use C:\Program Files \GIMP\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins\ (or similar, depending on where you installed Gimp to)
  • Before using the plugin go to Photivo settings › Gimp command and locate Gimp’s program file, that is located in a path similar to C:\Program Files\GIMP\bin\gimp-2.6.exe

Gimp to Photivo

Sending images from Gimp to Photivo is done by a Python script. Copy the script file mm extern to your local Gimp plugins folder, see above for the proper locations. Note: It has to be the plugins folder, not the scripts folder! You’ll find a new Gimp menu entry Filters › MM-Filters › Export to Photivo.


Make sure the script file is executable. Run:

chmod +x "mm extern"


  • Make sure Gimp and Python work together, like explained in this gimpusers tutorial: English version, German version.
  • The first time you use the script it asks you about where Photivo is installed. Just locate photivo.exe, it’s usually located in something like C:\Program Files\Photivo. You only need to do this once.