Install OpenShot on Ubuntu 20.04 or Ubuntu-based distributions

An OpenShot is an incredibly simple, cross-platform, open-source and powerful video editor. Source code is available on GitHub.

While writing this article, it supported for Linux, Windows, Chrome OS and Mac platforms. It is being sponsored by Amazon Web Services.

Some of the supported features available in OpenShot

  • Video transitions
  • Animation and key-frames
  • 3D animations
  • Clip resizing
  • Clip rotation
  • Clip trimming
  • Image overlays
  • Watermarks
  • Title editing and templates
  • Timeline with drag and drop, scrolling, pan and zoom and many more features.
  • Audio mixing and editing
  • Real-time preview
  • Free and open-source
  • Built-in and custom themes support
  • Export to multiple formats
  • Drag and drop
  • and many more.

In this article we will see how to install this open-source video editor in Ubuntu or Ubuntu based distributions. Follow the same steps to install into other Ubuntu-based distributions:

Running OpenShot without installing

Head over to OpenShot Download page to download via provided direct link or using torrent.

We need to provide executable permission to the downloaded AppImage. Execute sudo chmod u+x fileName.AppImage command, replacing fileName with an actual file name with extension.

To run OpenShot, just double click on the AppImage file.

Installing from official PPA using terminal

An official PPA for OpenShot Video Editor is also available for download and first, we need to add PPA to our system.

Open your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the below commands with sudo privileges.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo apt install openshot-qt -f

Single line command

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa &&\
sudo apt update &&\
sudo apt install -f openshot-qt

This command will install the latest OpenShot with other dependencies and fixes broken packages if any. It can be updated through the command-line or your Software Update tool

Run application

Once the installation is done, we can now run openshot from application launcher or type openshot-qt in terminal.

Hope you like this!

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Vishnu Damwala
Vishnu Damwala

A web geek, an industry experienced web developer & tutor/instructor residing in India 🇮🇳