ibisPaint is a drawing app that is available on Android and iOS. There is also a version for Windows PCs.
If you’re confused about whether your iPhone, smartphones, and tablets (including iPads) can run ibisPaint without issues, you have come to the right place.
In this article, I’ll explain the minimum and recommended specifications for both ibisPaint (Paid) and ibisPaint X (Free) on Windows PCs, iPhones, and Android smartphones and tablets.
I will also address frequently asked questions about the ibisPaint system requirements.
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ibisPaint Minimum and Recommended System Requirements
ibisPaint for Windows OS
Based on the ibisPaint website, the following table lists the minimum and recommended system requirements for the Windows Operating system version.
|Windows 10 version 2004 or newer
|Windows 11 version 21H2 or newer
|Intel or AMD CPU on the x64 platform
|Intel or AMD CPU with at least four cores
|Integrated Graphics Card compatible with DirectX Version 11
|Dedicated Graphics Card from Nvidia or AMD compatible with DirectX Version 11
|4GB or more
|XGA (1024 x 768)
|FHD (1920 x 1080) or higher preferred
|At least 2GB of free storage space on a HDD
|At least 2 GB of free storage space on an SSD
|Pen tablet and styluses compatible with Windows Ink Platform
|A Wacom pen tablet or one compatible with Windows Ink is preferred
|An internet connection is required to download and update the app from the Microsoft Store.
|An internet connection is suggested for utilizing some software features and purchasing add-ons.
This table is based on my experience using ibisPaint on a Windows laptop (an HP Spectre with an i7 processor and 16 GB of RAM).
Note that there is no difference between the system requirements for ibisPaint (Paid) and ibisPaint X (Free).
Sadly, MacBook users can’t use ibisPaint. It’s available only on the x64 versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11.
If you have a Windows laptop with a Snapdragon processor (or an ARM chip), it won’t be compatible with ibisPaint.
Because there is no system requirement table for the Android and iOS versions of ibisPaint, I needed to manually deduce it based on the minimum iOS and Android OS versions.
ibisPaint for iPad
Here are my deductions for the ibisPaint iPad version
|iPad OS 13.1 or later
|iPad 6th generation (2018) and later
Pad Air 3 (2019) and later
iPad Mini 5 (2019 and later
iPad Pro 2nd generation (2017) and later
Apple Pencil 2
|At least 200 MB of free storage
|Required for login and cloud backup
ibisPaint for iPhone & iPod Touch
Here is the table for ibisPaint for the iOS version:
|iOS 12 or later
|Supported iPhone and iPod touch
|iPhone XS or iPhone released after 2018
iPod touch (7th generation)
Intuos® Creative Stylus
Intuos® Creative Stylus 2
Bamboo Stylus fineline
Bamboo Fineline 2
Bamboo Fineline 3
|At least 200 MB of free storage
|Required for login and cloud backup
Note: These iPhones support ibisPaint after you update them to at least iOS 12:
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone SE (1st generation)
- iPhone 5s
For iPod touch:
- iPod touch (6th generation)
ibisPaint for Android Smartphones and Tablet
Based on my experience using ibisPaint on a Samsung Galaxy S21 and Samsung Galaxy Tablet S7 Plus:
|Android 5.0 and up
|Smartphones equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 or 4 series or better chipset.
|4 GB of RAM or more
Lamy EMR digital pen
|Wacom Drawing Tablet
Huion Drawing Tablet
XP-Pen Drawing Tablet
Xencelabs Drawing Tablet
Ugee Drawing Tablet
|At least 100 MB of free storage
|Required for account creation and cloud backup
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How much RAM does ibisPaint Require?
Based on the recommended system requirement, ibisPaint needs at least 4 GB of RAM. But, according to my experience using ibisPaint on my laptop, you need at least 8 GB RAM to draw in ibisPaint without lags.
4 GB of RAM is simply not enough. Even though 4GB of RAM is the minimum requirement for ibisPaint, Windows 10 and 11 will utilize at least 2 GB of your memory for essential background services.
With only 2 GB of memory left, it’s insufficient for intensive drawing and painting sessions in IbisPaint.
With 8GB of RAM, you can:
- Use more layers
- Use complex brushes like glow, hair, or texture brushes
- Multitask smoothly. If you want to open Google Chrome, Discord, Spotify and ibisPaint at the same time, at least 8 GB of RAM is needed
- Draw on a high-resolution canvas (4K or higher) in ibisPaint
Does ibisPaint require an SSD?
IbisPaint doesn’t necessarily require an SSD. An HDD is sufficient for drawing and painting in IbisPaint.
However, there are benefits to installing ibisPaint on an SSD. For example:
- Faster loading times. SSDs generally have quicker read/write speeds than HDDs.
- Virtual memory support. When your system RAM is depleted, SSDs can act as faster virtual memory, temporarily storing crucial data like layers, used tools, undo history, brush strokes, filters, and more.
- Support for high-resolution canvases. Drawing on large canvases, like 4K or higher, becomes more feasible.
- SSD Improves brush stroke responsiveness in ibisPaint. The speed of an SSD can enhance the fluidity of brush strokes.
- Future compatibility. Consider the possibility that ibisPaint might not support HDDs in future updates.
- Increased reliability. SSDs are generally more durable and have a longer lifespan than HDDs. If your HDD fails, you risk losing all your data, while SSDs often provide more stable storage.
Given that most laptops now come equipped with SSDs, you should consider using an HDD primarily as a backup for your collection of completed digital art.
SATA vs. NVMe SSD for ibisPaint:
There’s no noticeable performance difference when installing ibisPaint on a SATA SSD or an NVMe SSD. IbisPaint doesn’t particularly benefit from the faster read speeds that NVMe SSDs offer.
If I had to choose between SATA or NVMe, I would always opt for NVMe. The 2 or 3-second difference might seem negligible, but it can quickly accumulate over time, especially if you frequently open and draw in ibisPaint.
Is ibisPaint Available on Mac?
ibisPaint is not available on macOS. This means you can’t use ibisPaint on your MacBook. If you have a MacBook with an Intel Processor, you can use Crossover, Wine, and Parallels to run ibisPaint on your MacBook.
MacBooks with the M series chip can’t use ibisPaint, even with a compatibility layer application.
Can you Use ibisPaint on a laptop?
ibisPaint is lighter than professional drawing software like Photoshop. A laptop from 5 years ago can easily run ibisPaint without any lags.
Ensure the laptop has at least 8 GB of RAM and a dual-core processor. Anything less may require patience when you’re drawing with ibisPaint.
Does ibisPaint Require a Dedicated Graphics Card?
ibisPaint doesn’t mandate the use of a dedicated graphics card. For most artists, integrated graphics cards suffice. The application leans heavily on the processing capabilities of your PC’s CPU, rendering the GPU’s importance relatively minimal.
However, equipping your Windows PC with a dedicated graphics card from Nvidia could be a smart move for future-proofing.
However, if you’re considering exploring other software like Photoshop or Blender, having a dedicated graphics card can enhance your experience, as these programs can be more demanding in graphics processing.