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Krita 4.2.9 beta released!

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Much later than we wanted to, we've finally gotten the beta ready for Krita 4.2.9! One of the reasons it took so long is that an update to Python 3.8 broke scripting on Windows. When we finally had figured out that the reason wasn't just that Python no longer looks for libraries in all the usual places, but also that the bindings to Qt, PyQt cannot be built in parallel, it was already February. And then, of course, Apple changed the way applications are notarized... And then we updated to a newer version of some of the libraries we build Krita on, and that broke all kinds of things. In short, we have had months of trying to get our builds working again!

On the other hand, we have also worked like crazy to make this the most stable release of Krita ever, with countless bugs fixed -- and there are even some fun new features:

As for the bugfixes...

Now it's up to you all to beta-test this release and help us make sure we've caught all regressions (that is, new bugs for things that used to work) and all release blockers. We are currently investigating how we can make testing more robust, so this beta has no survey, please report all bugs you find to under the product Krita. Note that the Krita Lime PPA currently only has the beta and not the current stable.



For the beta, you should only only use the portable zip files. Just open the zip file in Explorer and drag the folder somewhere convenient, then double-click on the krita icon in the folder. This will not impact an installed version of Krita, though it will share your settings and custom resources with your regular installed version of Krita. For reporting crashes, also get the debug symbols folder.


(If, for some reason, Firefox thinks it needs to load this as text: to download, right-click on the link.)


Note: the gmic-qt is not available on OSX.

Source code


For all downloads:


The Linux appimage and the source .tar.gz and .tar.xz tarballs are signed. You can retrieve the public key over https here: 0x58b9596c722ea3bd.asc. The signatures are here (filenames ending in .sig).

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