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GIMP 2.10 & (newer) Resynthesizer Plug-In

Using the latest version of GIMP Portable, installed to the Desktop, I have tried to install the newer (I think) GIMP Resynthesizer plugin referenced in the Resynthesizer YouTube tutorial at:

I think this plug-in is newer than Resynthesize 0.13b, which I have used in the past. This newer version has additional options and features that (to me) seem to be a great improvement.

But, in GIMP Portable, the only new filter option is Resynthesize, found under FILTERS/MAP.

The YouTube tutorial shows a much more effective tool, Heal Selection, which should show up under FILTERS/ENHANCE.

In GIMP Portable, this additional filter does not show up (along with several others). In GIMP Portable, I installed all the appropriate *.py files and the two executables in Desktop\GIMPPortable\Data\.gimp\plug-ins folder, but again, only the single Resynthesize option is available after doing this.

As an additional test, I downloaded GIMP 2.10.18 (normal full version from the GIMP site, not the PortableApps version) and installed it using Windows Sandbox, then like above, placed the same plug-in files for Resynthesizer in:
C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins folder.

That version of GIMP, running from the Sandbox, has many additional Filters, including the missing FILTERS/ENHANCE/HEAL SELECTION which is NOT present in GIMP Portable. (as well as the other filters I have yet to try)

This tool (Heal Selection) is AMAZING in its ability to automatically remove selected portions of an image and blend the resulting void in with the background.

Can anyone please help me troubleshoot why these *.py additional features of Resynthesizer's plug-in do not work with GIMP Portable?

Thanks so much, especially for such a great thing as Portable Apps!!!

John T. Haller
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Correct Location

Whatever you install to C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins in the local version should be installed to GIMPPortable\App\gimp\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins in the portable version.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

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Hi John, and thanks so much

Hi John, and thanks so much for your quick reply, and the AMAZING effort you put into PortableApps!

Also, please excuse my ignorance, as I have little if any programming experience, and really am stabbing in the dark troubleshooting this issue.

However, I do believe the problem of missing menu items (from Resynth 1.0) may be related to the Python problem mmjoshi posted about on 8 April:

I have the same issue as he trying to bring up the Python Console (Python-Fu), and get the same error as he did:

GIMP Message
Execution error for 'Console':
Failed to run plug-in ""

GIMP Message
Unable to run plug-in ""
Failed to execute child process (No such file or directory)

Could this be related to why GIMP doesn't "see" any of those new Python scripts (*.py files) I have placed in:
(From everything I have read, this is the right place to put them, and one part of Resynth works, just not these additional scripts)

Also, searching the forum for clues, it looks like you may have had this issue on an earlier version:
Hopefully that helps, as I'm flying blind here...

Almost forgot, if it helps:

Running a new install of PortableApps Platform, with just GIMP loaded, from the DESKTOP.
Windows 10 Pro, 64-bit, version 1903
Intel Core i9-9900K
32 GB Ram

Thanks so much for any help!!!

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Hi John,

Hi John,

Looks like I have too much time on my hands. After reading some of the other forum posts regarding GIMP and Python support, it looked like some previous versions may have had it working.

I performed some tests on past versions in the hope that you have the time and are willing to troubleshoot why the latest version doesn’t work with the Resynthesizer v1.0 plug-in.

So, I downloaded all the past PortableApps releases (from GitHub) for GIMP 2.10.##, and tested each with the plug-in.

I placed the Resynthesizer v1.0 plug-in files (either 32-bit or 64-bit, whichever worked) and its associated *.py scripts into the “GIMPPortable\Data\.gimp\plug-ins” folder.

My results are below. They indicate to me that I’m installing the plug-in properly in GIMP Portable, and the plug-in works flawlessly in some versions of GIMP Portable, but not the latest… Let me know if you want more details.

2.10.0.paf.exe – Works but with Python error messages
2.10.0_Rev_2.paf.exe – Works but with Python error messages
2.10.0-2.paf.exe – Works but with Python error messages
2.10.2.paf.exe – Works but with Python error messages
2.10.4.paf.exe – Works PERFECTLY!
2.10.6.paf.exe – Works PERFECTLY!
2.10.6_Rev_2.paf.exe – Works PERFECTLY!
2.10.8.paf.exe – Can’t test, as the GIMP crashes on any File operation
2.10.12_Test_1.paf.exe – Works PERFECTLY!
2.10.12_Test_2.paf.exe – Errors, reporting the app cannot start
2.10.12_Test_3.paf.exe – Works PERFECTLY!
2.10.12-3.paf.exe – Works PERFECTLY!
2.10.14.paf.exe – Works but with Python error messages
2.10.14_Rev_2.paf.exe – Works but with Python error messages
2.10.14-1.paf.exe – Works but with Python error messages
2.10.18-2.paf.exe – Does not work at all…

Please, if you have the time, see if you can find out what stops this plug-in from working in GIMP Portable 2.10.18-2. I would really like to have this plug-in working in the latest version of GIMP Portable.

I know you are very busy with other PortableApps work, and regardless, thank you for what you do!

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Great debugging effort! I can

Great debugging effort! I can confirm that the problem about python script errors which I had raised in my post does not happen in version 2.10.12-3. It happens in 2.10.14-1 and in version 2.10.18-2 no python scripts are loaded as mentioned in my post Interestingly, if I auto update from 2.10.12-3 to 2.10.18-2, no python scripts are loaded at startup!

Other portable versions of 2.10.18 do not have this problem. I would prefer to stick to the PortableApps platform since most of my portable apps are from here. Hopefully, this gets fixed soon!


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Latest GIMP Portable & Resythesizer Plug-In Problem (still)

Hi John,

I wanted to thank you first off for all the amazing hard work you do for this great set of portable apps! I can’t thank you (and the other contributors) enough!

I also realize you are very busy but respectfully request if you have time to take a look at the latest version of GIMP Portable and see if you can help solve the problem of running the Resynthesizer plug-in. As I stated in a previous post, various previous versions of GIMP Portable have had no problem running the plug-in, along with the latest full version of GIMP, but neither this newest version of GIMP Portable nor the one before run the plug-in correctly.

The last version of GIMP Portable to run it correctly WITHOUT any errors was 2.10.12-3.paf.exe. By “running correctly”, I mean it added eight new Filter Menu items corresponding to the associated *.py Python scripts in the “Resynthesizer” archive I mention at the end of this post. The most amazing demonstration of Resynthesizer is just one of the eight possible scripts called by “Filters/Enhance/Heal Selection” which is mind blowing (to me at least) how well it can automatically remove a selection from an image and attempt to recreate what would be the original background based on the surroundings. Another (“Enhance/Uncrop”) will automatically extend the borders of a picture, again automatically attempting to fill in the new areas to match the original image. There is a great explanation of each script at

The last version of GIMP Portable to run it (semi) correctly was 2.10.14-1.paf.exe. Although it did run the plug-in very nicely, it did so while also reporting the following errors (which did NOT affect the outcome of the plug-in). I suspect these errors are not related to the current version not running it at all, but including for information if you can use it. The errors are:

GEGL-Message: 11:37:07.346: Module 'C:\Users\Amiga2\Desktop\GIMPPortable_2.10.14-1\App\gimp\lib\gegl-0.4\ff-load.dll' load error: 'C:\Users\Amiga2\Desktop\GIMPPortable_2.10.14-1\App\gimp\lib\gegl-0.4\ff-load.dll': The specified module could not be found.

GEGL-Message: 11:37:07.348: Module 'C:\Users\Amiga2\Desktop\GIMPPortable_2.10.14-1\App\gimp\lib\gegl-0.4\ff-save.dll' load error: 'C:\Users\Amiga2\Desktop\GIMPPortable_2.10.14-1\App\gimp\lib\gegl-0.4\ff-save.dll': The specified module could not be found.

To make sure it isn’t a problem with the latest full version of GIMP, I have installed the non-portable (full version) of GIMP via Sandbox on a computer to test and make sure it runs. The latest (full) version GIMP-2.10.20-setup-1.exe runs the plug-in flawlessly, including all eight new menu items (when saved to C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins folder). As I stated above, as recently as version 2.10.14-1.paf.exe, GIMP Portable ran the plug-in (mostly) flawlessly and various other previous portable versions did too. It’s only the last two version that haven’t run it in a while...

Is there any chance you could look at this issue and see if you can fix it?

I would be happy to help in any way I can, but my programming skills are minimal at best, limited basically to simple script writing. However, I am more than willing to provide testing, config info, or answer any questions you may have to help if I can.

Also, if it helps, here is some more detailed background information:

Resynthesizer Plug-In (latest Windows compiled version I can find), 32&64 bit version:

A more supposedly “updated” version can be found at:

GitHub hosts the source (uncompiled – I think) along with other useful info:

The new menu items (each via a Python script) are:

Enhance / Heal Selection
Enhance / Heal Transparency
Enhance / Enlarge & Sharpen
Enhance / Sharpen
Enhance / Uncrop
Image / Edit / Fill Pattern
Map / Style
Render / Texture

Thank you so much!!!

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Thanks a lot for this work,

Thanks a lot for this work, lostamiga.

I've been needing Resynthesizer lately for a bit of work. currently running PortableApps GIMP ( After much failure with the plugin and troubleshooting... my Google-fu led my here. Your documentation of the problem is accurate; Basically, the last few PA versions do not have working Python script support. I'm just hoping this problem will be acknowledged and fixed for the next version. Resynthesizer is a killer plugin, thanks to "Heal selection" (Photoshop "content aware fill").

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