Tux Paint

Tux Paint for Windows

  • Free (GPL)
  • In English
  • Version: 0.9.24

Free drawing app for kids

Tux Paint is a raster graphics editor geared towards children, ages 3 to 12. This multimedia app is used in schools around the world as a computer literacy drawing activity. It boasts an easy-to-use interface with a variety of drawing tools to help kids be creative. To keep the activity fun, there are also fun sound effects and a cartoon penguin mascot that encourages and guides the children as they use the program. 

Drawing made simple

Tux Paint stands apart from typical graphics design software, such as GIMP or Photoshop, with its child-friendly design. The user interface is very intuitive, utilizing icons, audible feedback, and textural hints to help explain the use of every tool it offers. As noted, it also uses sound effects and a cartoon mascot to engage the children. 

There are five sections in the app’s window. The canvas uses the majority of the interface, but the other sections are displayed neatly on the sides. The toolbox section contains various drawing tools and application controls. The selector, meanwhile, provides several selectable objects, such as brushes, fonts, and other sub-tools. There is also a color palette with a decent selection of colors, and an information area, which provides instructions, tips, and encouragement. 

Like most popular graphics apps, this editor comes with basic drawing tools, including paintbrushes, an erase, and tools to draw lines and shapes. It also offers multiple levels of undo and redo, allowing the users to remove unwanted and accidental changes while editing a picture. 

The app also comes with some filters and special effects. There is also a large collection of artwork and photographic imagery available that the users can add in their drawings. On top of the drawing tools, it also offers parental and teacher controls to allow parents and teachers to disable features and alter the behavior of the app to better suit their children’s needs. 

A few drawbacks to consider

Tux Paint is a completely free program released as open-source. With this, you can download and install it on as many computers as you wish. The app runs on most systems and does not require much in terms of hardware resources. This makes the app an ideal tool for schools. However, there a few caveats that you may need to consider before installing it on your computer. 

Firstly, the app is a little slow and unstable. Sometimes it even closes on its own, which can be annoying if your kid is in the middle of a drawing project. On top of that, the app does not have a full-screen feature, so the canvas area will be a bit limited. Furthermore, some of the features only appear in the brushes area after choosing an option from the tools. The users will need a bit of exploring to find these features. 

Fun activity tool for kids

Taking things into consideration, Tux Paint is a good option if you are looking for a drawing app for students. The app is very child-oriented with its simple and colorful interface that will appeal to even the tiniest users. More, it offers just about all the basic tools that children use when drawing on a computer. There are a few stability issues and functionality glitches, but overall, it is a suitable drawing tool for kids.

Tux Paint is a hugely popular painting and drawing application that allows children to take their first steps in computer-based art!

The Tux Paint interface is very child-oriented. It's colorful and simple and will appeal to even the tiniest children. To facilitate this child-appropriateness, it allows them to select their saved pictures from thumbnails and has an autosave and recover function, so there's no problem even if they accidentally close the program.

To make Tux Paint even more kid-appropriate, the configuration settings are displayed in a totally separate area that is not accessible through the drawing interface.

Here you'll be able to modify certain settings to make it suitable for everyone to use, including what shows up on Tux Paint's drawing interface, the language used and sound effects.

From a child's point of view, Tux Paint must be fantastic. It has bunches of features - Tux Paint stamps, colors, magic designs and effects and a variety of brushes.

Some features only appear in the Brushes area after choosing an option from Tools, but with a bit of exploring your child will find them all.

Over 100 new stamps have been added, and Windows 95/98/ME compatibility returns


  • Over 100 new stamps have been added, and Windows 95/98/ME compatibility returns

Tux Paint is a free drawing program designed for young children (kids ages 3 and up). It has a simple, easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who helps guide children as they use the program.


  • Simple interface suitable for children
  • Excellent selection of drawing tools
  • Sound effects and encouraging cartoon mascot
  • Parental and teacher control


  • Unstable
  • A little slow
  • Some features only appear in the brushes area
  • Not suitable for more serious drawing projects


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User reviews about Tux Paint

  • Manigalla Nagendra

    by Manigalla Nagendra

    nice this is very wonderfull.tux as most entertainer app.thankyou.

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  • Ramana PIRATLA

    by Ramana PIRATLA

    we are not able to install the exe. As per the application it is showing it is only limited period trial daughter is now inMore

  • Madhuri Char

    by Madhuri Char

    i like it but i am not able to download it could you help then i will give a good review

  • Bunty Thakral

    by Bunty Thakral

    i like this app it is good.
    it is good for our children use . i too used this . it has many funny shapes in it

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    The effects are just so cool! I'm not a kid but it's just so much fun... I highly recommend this app for anybody who juMore

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