2.6. Open Location…

This command opens the Open Location dialog, which lets you load an image from an online or network location, specified by a URI, in any of the formats that GIMP supports.

2.6.1. Activating the Command

  • You can access this command from the main menu through FileOpen Location….

2.6.2. Description of the 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

https://, http://

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 web sites: Please respect the copyright! Images, even if published on the Internet are not always free to be used for you.