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How to Install OpenShot Video Editor on Linux

Linux is one of the most powerful OS in the world. However, because it’s not so popular and has complex system configuration, there are not so much software available on the platform. If you’re a Linux user, you already understand that. Although there are many powerful tools to perform everyday tasks, a video editor may be a good example. The most popular ones like Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro or Sony Vegas aren’t available as a native program on Linux, but that doesn’t mean that there’s no industry-standard editing tool.


OpenShot is an amazing and really powerful editing tool for Linux. There are many features that make it a suitable choice for anyone. It’s completely free, so you don’t have to worry about the budget. You can completely focus on your productivity. Here are all the features of OpenShot Video Editor.

  • Cross-platform – OpenShot is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. This means that if you have a team, you don’t have to worry about the platform. Moreover, your works will be easily imported to other platforms.
  • Video, audio & image format support – Despite being free, OpenShot supports tons of file formats including all the popular ones, thanks to FFmpeg library integration.
  • Video transition – There are 400+ transition effects available in the default OpenShot library. You can add and see the result in real time.
  • Clip resizing, trimming, snapping, cutting, rotation etc.
  • 3D animated texts and effects

And much more. So, why cry for Adobe Premiere when you can get the best free software out there?

How to install OpenShot on Linux

For Linux users, it’s really easy to use OpenShot.

Ubuntu + Ubuntu-based

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If your system is running Debian, Ubuntu or any other distro based on these, you can install OpenShot by adding PPA, then installing the software. Run the following commands:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install openshot-qt
  • Other distros

For other Linux distros, there’s an official AppImage file available. AppImage is an all-in-one package that runs without the need of any additional installation or dependencies. All you have to do is download the file, make it executable and run it. Download OpenShot.

After OpenShot is installed, just use it like any other software. Here are a couple screenshots of OpenShot Video Editor.

OpenShot basic interface

Split clip

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