Installation

Requirements

Installers

Windows

Simply run the Windows installer and customize plug-in installation path as needed. If you have a portable GIMP installation, you will be prompted to specify the path to GIMP and GIMP plug-ins manually.

Linux

Unpack the ZIP archive to any folder and run the extracted installer by double-clicking on the file in your file explorer application or from the terminal.

You can customize the path to the GIMP executable and the plug-in installation with -g and -i options, respectively. These options must be specified in the terminal as follows (do not forget the --):

[installer script].run -- -g [gimp_filepath] -i [installation_path]

If -g is specified, so must be -i, otherwise the installation will not proceed.

To install Export Layers system-wide, run the installer with root privileges.

macOS

First, make sure GIMP is installed in the Applications folder and is named GIMP.app.

Unpack the ZIP archive to any folder and run the extracted installer from Terminal.

You can customize the path to the GIMP executable and the plug-in installation with -g and -i options, respectively. These options must be specified in the terminal as follows (do not forget the --):

[installer script].run -- -g [gimp_filepath] -i [installation_path]

If -g is specified, so must be -i, otherwise the installation will not proceed.

To install Export Layers system-wide, run the installer with root privileges.

Manual installation (ZIP package)

Windows

Make sure you have GIMP installed with support for Python scripting.

Copy the following files and folders:

export_layers.py
export_layers

to the folder containing plug-ins depending on your version of GIMP:

If you can’t locate the folder, open GIMP, go to “Edit → Preferences → Folders → Plug-Ins” and use one of the listed folders.

Linux

Copy the following files and folders:

export_layers.py
export_layers

to the folder containing plug-ins depending on your version of GIMP:

If you can’t locate the folder, open GIMP, go to “Edit → Preferences → Folders → Plug-Ins” and use one of the listed folders.

To check if the correct version of Python is installed, start GIMP and go to “Filters → Python-Fu → Console”. The console must display “Python 2.7” or later from the 2.7.x series. If not, install Python 2.7, open /usr/lib/gimp/2.0/interpreters/pygimp.interp and change its contents to the following:

python=[path to Python 2.7 executable]
/usr/bin/python=[path to Python 2.7 executable]
:Python:E::py::python:

[path to Python 2.7 executable] is usually /usr/bin/python or /usr/bin/python2.7.

macOS

Copy the following files and folders:

export_layers.py
export_layers

to the folder containing plug-ins depending on your version of GIMP:

If you can’t locate the folder, open GIMP, go to “Edit → Preferences → Folders → Plug-Ins” and use one of the listed folders.

Upgrading from 2.x to to 3.x

Due to numerous significant changes in version 3.0, make sure you perform a complete reinstall when upgrading from an earlier version:

  1. Reset settings by pressing the “Reset Settings” button.
  2. Close GIMP.
  3. Remove the export_layers.py file and the export_layers folder from the installation folder. If you used 3.0-RC1, remove the pygimplib folder as well.
  4. In the folder above plug-ins, open parasiterc in a text editor and remove the entire line beginning with (parasite "plug_in_export_layers".
  5. Run GIMP (so that GIMP “forgets” about the plug-in).
  6. Install the new version.