Installation

Requirements

Windows

Installer

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.

Manual installation (ZIP package)

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, usually one of the following:

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, usually one of the following:

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, usually one of the following:

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

Upgrading to 3.3

Due to significant changes in version 3.3, make sure you first perform complete reinstall when upgrading from an earlier version:

  1. Still using the old version, run Export Layers, select “Settings → Show More Settings”, check “Remove procedures and constraints” and reset settings by pressing the “Reset Settings” button.
  2. Close Export Layers.
  3. Close GIMP.
  4. 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.
  5. In the folder above plug-ins, open parasiterc in a text editor and remove the entire line beginning with (parasite "plug_in_export_layers".
  6. Run GIMP without Export Layers installed (so that GIMP “forgets” about the plug-in).
  7. Install the new version.

You can still upgrade to the newest version if you did not perform steps 5 and 6. A warning dialog will ask you to reset the settings. However, calling pdb.plug_in_export_layers from the command line will probably result in an execution error due to the mismatch of arguments.