Oftentimes, I need to measure the dimensions of part of an image (in pixels). In Photoshop, I can make a rectangular selection and see the dimensions in the "Info" window (or something like that). How can I accomplish this in GIMP? The only thing I've been able to come up with is:

  1. Make a selection
  2. Make a new layer
  3. Fill the selection
  4. Autocrop the layer
  5. Open the scale layer dialog to see the dimensions

There must be an easier way.

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    In my GIMP 2.8 install, when using the rectangular selection tool, I can see the current dimensions of the selection as I'm drawing the rectangle. It's at the bottom of the window of the image being edited. It also seems to be displayed under "Tool Options" in the Toolbox for Rectangle Select, listed as "Size".
    – Josh
    Jun 8 '15 at 20:16

In GIMP, the status bar at the bottom of the window will show you the dimensions while you are selecting, but it disappears when you finalize the selection. I suspect that is because the selection can be shapes other than rectangle. If you want to see it afterwards, make sure the Windows --> Dockable Dialogs --> Tool Options pane is enabled. It may already be docked on your Toolbox. This will show you the position and size of a Rectangle Select. You can also modify the size of the selection from this pane.

I am using GIMP 2.8 on Windows.

  • Don't feel bad. It took me a while to spot it, too. Meanwhile, @Josh R. beat be to it in the comments. Jun 8 '15 at 20:25
  • This does not work on Mac OS X
    – Sébastien
    Oct 25 '16 at 9:57
  • Does Adobe patented their Ctrl+C Ctrl+N Ctrl+V ? Anyway, with this GIMP feature you will train your memory and that's good
    – rook
    Jan 18 '19 at 13:16
  • This works if you've just used the rectangle select tool but not if you used alpha to selection, fuzzy select or anything else. All these years later, I still can find an efficient way to reliably get the size of an arbitrary selection. Feb 21 at 15:55

If the above solutions are inelegible and your selection equals the current layer, you might also measure the size of the layer using "Layer" -> "Scale Layer".


Anyone knows how to measure selected area? I have irregular shape selected, and I want to know what is the area of that selection, for example in square pixels.


I found the answer by myself, simplest solution was to open histogram dialog (Windows → Dockable Dialogs → Histogram), there you can find pixels count of selected area.

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  • The selection for “Channel” in the dialog seems to make a difference, though. For me, it seems that keeping the default “Value” is best.
    – caw
    Jan 19 at 2:38
  • This is really a different, related question. Feb 21 at 15:44

GIMP shows the ongoing selection dimensions in the status bar, just on the bottom of the window. enter image description here If that is not enough for some reason, there is a "measurement tool" you can pick on the toolbox (on the default configuration, just following the "zoom tool") - which will give you any linear size, and also angles of measured lines.


In the tool options window for rectangle select, you can see the size values

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