Writing GIMP Scripts and Plug-Ins
Notes on GIMP Scripting is a cheat-sheet with information on how to get started. It summarizes the information in my GIMP scripting talks, with extra information that doesn't fit in a short talk.
Navigate the slides with space/backspace, right/left arrow or page up/down.
You can also view the slides from the 2.5-hour LGM workshop.
I've collected a few templates and example programs collected that might be helpful in getting started writing GIMP scripts in Script-Fu or Python.
You can also browse these and other plug-ins on my GIMP Plug-ins repository on Github.
Or explore the scripts individually here:
Python sample scripts
- helloworld.py: "Hello world" in Python -- create a new image with text in it
- pytemplate.py: a small template for a Python plug-in that runs on an image
- pyui.py: show how to use all the available UI parameters (but which does nothing with them)
- whirlpinch.py: whirlpinch (from the GIMP source), an example of one way to tiles and write to pixel regions from Python.
- arclayer.py: A fast way to read and write pixel regions from Python.
- arrowdesigner.py: Interactive Python plug-in for making arrows, demonstrating a simple custom dialog.
- life.py: Conway's Game of Life, sort of. A silly GIMP demo that isn't particularly useful, but it does demonstrate how to control a Python script from a separate dialog.
- ratio_info.py: Demonstrate how to use a timer to query selection size and display output in a separate dialog. Author: Joao Bueno.
- helloworld.scm: "Hello world" in Script-fu: create a new image with a text layer.
- sftemplate.scm: a small template for a Script-fu.
- ts-helloworld.scm: a "Hello world" Script-Fu that was the first test of Tiny-fu.
- test-sphere.scm: a sphere generator with the world's most complicated user interface -- and good documentation in the comments explaining all the UI options.
- sphere.scm: the basic and simple Sphere script that used to be included in GIMP
Outside Links, Documentation
Steps for Installing Python-fu on Windows
I also have some old slides from a GIMP scripting tutorial from Linux.conf.au, Melbourne, 2008.