OpenToonz is based on  software “Toonz” which was developed by Digital Video S.p.A. in Italy, customized by Studio Ghibli, and has been used for creating its works for many years.

In March 2016 its source code was published under the terms of Modified BSD License. The open-source version is called OpenToonz and developed by international community.


Powerful Digital Drawing Tools

Vector and bitmap drawing tools with full support for graphic tablets allow you to create artwork of any complexity.

Indexed Colour Palettes

Sequence of drawings can be painted quickly with automatic tools, and palette colors can be edited at any time, updating automatically all the level drawings.

Effects and Compositing

Add animated special effects and composite scenes seamlessly. Blurs, lighting, keys, masks, warps and more than 100 other effects available.


Automate routine tasks by using ECMA-compatible scripting engine.

Motion Tracking

Syncronize your animation with video footage automatically.

Scan and Cleanup

Automatically scan and vectorize paper drawings created by animation artists. Clean and paint them in a completely color-consistent digital environment.

Frame-by-frame Animation

A complete toolset for traditional frame-by-frame animation with configurable onionskin. Automatic creation of inbetween frames for vector shapes,

Motion Tweening

Complex movements can be defined by linking objects or using motion paths, and everything can be also animated in a 3D environment, with an automatic multiplane effect.


Animate your characters using bones, with IK support and mesh deformations.

Particle Systems

Create particles effect supporting multiple layers as particles or as control images for particles animation.

System requirements


  • Microsoft Windows 7 or above (32bit or 64bit)
  • Dual-Core CPU at 3 Ghz or more
  • 4GB RAM or more


  • OS X 10.8 or above (64bit)
  • Intel Core i-series processor
  • 4GB RAM or more


  • Any Linux distro released in 2012 or later (32bit or 64bit)
  • Dual-Core CPU at 2 Ghz or more
  • 2GB RAM or more

Morevna Edition

This  edition of OpenToonz includes a special features developed by Morevna Project.

MyPaint brushes

Integration with MyPaint brush engine. 45 parameters to configure bitmap brush + many brush templates.

Horizontal timeline

Improved UI with comfortable horizontal timeline to control your animation.

Advanced color selector

The new color selector panel helps you choose better colors thanks to Color Schemes, Color Harmonies and more!

Windows 64bit and 32bit

We provide both 32bit and 64bit versions of OpenToonz for Windows.

Linux version

We provide and maintain binary builds of OpenToonz, which runs on any Linux distro. No need to compile.

Assistant guides (coming soon)

Create a drawing assistants for perfect drawing of parallel lines, perspective lines and more!

Free and open-source

OpenToonz Morevna Edition is a free and open-source software. The source code is available on GitHub under the terms of Modified BSD license.

Latest News and Updates

OpenToonz Morevna Edition 1.3.0 released!

We are happy to announce the release of OpenToonz Morevna Edition version 1.3.0, which includes a long-awaited Assistant Tool! This version also includes all features and improvements of official OpenToonz version 1.2.1 (see them listed here). The assistants feature was implemented by our developer Ivan Mahonin thanks to many people who funded development of this

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OpenToonz (Morevna Edition) released

We are happy to announce a new release of OpenToonz Morevna Edition! This version is an update to 1.2.0.x branch, which  delivers following fixes from our developer Ivan Mahonin: Smooth sound playback and scrub for Linux operating system (issue #1097). Fixed crash when trying to process Toonz Vector Levels (pli) via CLI on Linux (issue

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Public talks at SuzdalFest and SoyuzMultFilm: Video

You possibly remember that this spring I took initiative to give a public talk about OpenToonz and other free animation software at SuzdalFest. If you’ve never heard about that, please check my previous posts here and here. Thanks to support of OpenToonz community, my talk did happened. Also, as part of that trip I’ve got

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OpenToonz utilized in production of “Batman Ninja” animated feature film

Dwango has announced that the 2D animation production software OpenToonz which they developed and open sourced March 2016 has been used in the production of Kamikaze Douga’s First Animated Feature Film ‘BATMAN NINJA’. Tokyo, Japan (July 12th, 2018) — Dwango Co., Ltd. has announced that the 2D animation production software “OpenToonz” which they started distributing in March 2016 as

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A quick update about results of my initiative on promoting OpenToonz

A quick followup to my travel report: In collaboration with “SoyuzMultFilm” animation studio we have finished first version of “The Big Picture concept” document for Skolkovo Foundation. The concept involves development and promotion activities for OpenToonz, RenderChan, Synfig and Blender. Now we’re sending the document to foundation representatives for first review. This  work collaboration is

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SuzdalFest / Moscow: Travel report

Ok, I am back from my trip and ready to share some results! First of all, much thanks to everyone who sent their words of support for my initiative. It was really awesome to have that feeling of being backed by whole community.  ^__^ In that travel I wasn’t alone – lead artist of Morevna

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Development of OpenToonz is made possible thanks to donations of many people from all around the world. Here you can see a list of our top contirbutors.

Agnyy Ignatyev ★  Skyler Madison (aka OrphanLast)   ★  Amotarzi ★ OpenAnim
Pavel Kotelevec ★ Raúl Ciudad C.
Loris Solic ★ Nikola Radovanović ★ Nathan Stefan ★ Vladimir Kiselev
Yury V. Zaytsev  ★ Zachary Brown ★ Иван Шишунов ★ Максим Д.

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