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Gimp Registry Future

Dear Registry Users,

I have maintained the registry for over 15 years now, and for the last couple of years we have had an excellent team of co-maintainers who took on a lot of the work. However, there are some much needed improvements which are hard to carry out based on the current platform, and the work due to abuse is growing. We cannot continue this on our own, unfortunately.

In particular, we really need better search and categorization functionality, and would also like to integrate the registry more tightly with The GIMP, such that downloading and installing plug-ins becomes more straightforward. This new structure should also help combat abuse much more effectively. This is no longer just a web-development issue, but much more a plug-in development task.

Therefore, I would like to ask you for some help with that.

Specifically, we need a plug-in which could access a back-end database over the Internet, carry out queries, receive data in XML or JSON format, download plug-ins, and install them automatically. Ideally, it should also be able to display and acquire meta-data, such as ratings, permissions required, etc.

Any takers?

cheers, Ingo


I'm a low intensity user and while I'd love to help I lack the skills or finances to do so.

However I want you to know how much I've appreciated this site over the years.

The main discussion thread happens on the gimp-developer list, see

In the main thread, you said something like ... we could easily turn on Drupal services (on the GIMP Registry site.) Are any services currently on, for example, to get a list of plugin files?

So for example, if someone wanted to start hacking, they could use the GIMP Registry site? Alternatively, is there another site that does have a similar Drupal service turned on (i.e. a testbed site, maybe at

To restate what you are asking: develop a GIMP plugin that accessess a web server (possibly the GIMP Registry site) to download and install GIMP plugins, using a web services API. But also: develop processes (on the web server?) that let plugin developers upload plugins while preventing abuses.

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