5.4.  Open Location

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Revision $Revision: 2465 $ 2006-07-27 scb

The Open Location dialog lets you load an image from a network location, specified by a URI, in any of the formats that GIMP supports.

5.4.1.  Activate Command

  • You can access to this command from the Toolbox menubar or the image menubar through FileOpen Location….

5.4.2.  Description of the dialog window

Figure 15.31.  The “Open Location” dialog window

The Open Location dialog window

The most typical schemes to open images with are:


to open an image from a local drive

You can omit the “file://” prefix and open images simply by putting an absolute or relative path and filename in here.

The default base directory for relative paths depends on your operating system. It is typically /home/<username>/ on Linux, C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents\My Images\ on Windows and /Users/<username>/ on Mac OS X.


to open an image from a ftp server


to load an image from a website

[Tip] Tip

When you are visiting an Internet site, you can right-click on an image and choose “Copy link address” in the drop-down menu. Then paste it in the “Open Location” dialog to open it in GIMP.

Even if this command makes it very easy to grab images from websites: Please respect the copyright! Images, even if published on the Internet are not always free to be used for you.