Paint Shop Pro

This is version 9 of Paint Shop Pro.

Wine compatibility

Attention: the trial version crashes after the nag screen, use registered version instead.

What works:

  1. Installing application from vendor-supplied package
  2. File open/save/convert
  3. Program preferences dialog
  4. Filters*
  5. Vector tools
  6. Undo/redo*
  7. Editing tools, unless specified below
*with workaround/special configuration. see below.

What doesn't work:

  1. Text tool
  2. Display of file open/save dialogs
  3. "Open With" functionality, E.G. after associating a filetype with PSP9

Application Details:

Version: 9.x
Votes: 4
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.20

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Test Results

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What works

Installing, running, most editing tools

What does not

Almost anything related to writing files: the undo system, applying or previewing effects, the effects browser thumbnails, and saving files. The flood fill tool doesn't work either, and the text tool crashes the application.


What was not tested

The browser.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

It would be great to make this work. So far, none of the free software alternatives come close to Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 19 20141.7.20Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Sep 14 20151.6.2Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowFedora 16 x86May 03 20121.5.2No, but has workaround Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 20 20101.1.36Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 5.x "Lenny"Dec 24 20081.1.11Yes Yes Bronzekerin 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

Native alternatives for non-windows platforms

There are some good alternatives to this application that might exist for your platform. You'll find a list on the main page of this application.

Restoring save/tool/filter functionality

2013-05-03 Admin note: this howto does not appear to have been updated in a long time, and may no longer be valid. It is being kept here for the benefit of anyone who may wish to test and/or update it. 

Although the file open/save dialogs are not fully functional, opening files may be accomplished using the "Browse" feature and the open/save dialogs remain somewhat usable by "feel" (read: rampant, blind clicking.)

In order for most filters, the undo/redo system, and brushes to work you will need to apply the following workaround, adapted from: :

1) Create a file named mkdir.mawk in your ~/My PSP9 Files/ directory, and paste the following section (enclosed in comments) inside.

##Begin mkdir.mawk contents
$0 ~ /JSC/ {
if ($0 ~ /not found in/ && $0 ~ /wine_nt_to_unix_file_name/) {
temp_len=index(temp, ".tmp")+3;
dirname=substr($0,13+index($0, "not found in ")) "/" temp_parts[1];
print "Creating temporary directory:", dirname;

system("mkdir \"" dirname "\"") }

##End mkdir.mawk contents

Save the file, and create a second file in your home directory called runpsp9 - and paste the following inside:

##Begin loader script

sh -c 'env WINEDEBUG="+file" WINEPREFIX="/home/$USER/.wine" \
wine "C:\\Program Files\\Jasc Software Inc\\Paint Shop Pro 9\\Paint Shop Pro 9.exe" 2>&1 | \
awk -f ~/My\ PSP9\ Files/mkdir.mawk'

##End loader script

Save the file, and - in a terminal - run:

$ chmod +x runpsp9
$ chmod 775 runpsp9

and then, as root:

# mv runpsp9 /usr/bin/runpsp9
# chown root:root /usr/bin/runpsp9

Thereafter, you can run Paint Shop Pro 9 by simply executing runpsp9 from your terminal or Run Application box - or by creating a menu entry for it.


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