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How to Install OpenShot Video Editor on Ubuntu and Linux Mint

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OpenShot video editor is one of the best user-friendly and featured packed open source video editing software. It’s completely free and very easy to use. Jonathan Thomas is the designer and programmer of this beautiful and effective video editor. He is very much responsive to the users’ feedback, and he makes changes accordingly. That is why this piece of software has become so popular and made many enthusiastic followers in the Linux world.

Features of OpenShot Video Editor


  • It provides the options to display audio waveforms on clips, swap audio files which help to adjust the volume of specific audio channels, remove certain channels, or fix the audio drift
  • Improve property editing is one of the best features that make this software stand out from others. Drag and drop options and right-click facility provides a lot more functions to make the video editing more sophisticated
  • New Selection drops down menu at the above of property editor
  • Users can define and pre-configure the keyword mapping as per need
  • Dragging, resizing, or adding the files on the project timeline is much easier now
  • New tutorials system is included for the new user to get accustomed to the software
  • And there are a lot more functions available that will make a user professional in video editing

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OpenShot 2.4.2 release highlights


  • 7 New Effects (Crop, Hue, Color Shift, Pixelate, Bars, Wave, Shift)
  • Auto audio mixing strategy per clip (average, reduce, or none)
  • Auto-Rotates any Clip with Reader metadata ‘rotate’ attribute.
  • Experimental codecs are now supported in FFmpeg/libav.
  • Many improvements for Audio playback, stability, export dialog, etc.
  • And numerous bug-fixes. See release note for details.

How to Install OpenShot Video Editor


OpenShot video editor can be installed via PPA on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and other Ubuntu derivatives.

Terminal Command Installation

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openshot-qt libopenshot*

Remove The OpenShot Video Editor

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove openshot-qt

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you. I would call myself a “very light user,” but OpenShot has always done what I needed to do — up to Mint Xfce 20.3. After installing 21, trying to run it from the menu results in a busy HD lamp for around 5 seconds or so, then nothing. It won’t start/open. Using the Software Manager or the instructions on this page give the same results — trying to start then nothing. It still installs and works great in 20. I hope this is resolved in 21. Thank you again.

  2. What’s “PPA”? How do I download the video program? Do I copy and paste the command installation someplace? Why do I want to remove the editor? I want to use it.

  3. Hi sorry for my lack of understanding, but a PPA is?, then where do I insert the “Terminal command ” lines and remove the “openshot video editor” line. I am new to Linux, I have the64bit download of Openshot in my downloads folder, when i click on it, it fails to unpack and tells me “archive not supported”, so when I go into the downloaded file into “filesys” I see the “run” file, and within that ” SUDO’ with a X on it, in that nothing. Is this where I place the 3 terminal commends? or?

  4. Thank you for your such a valuable post. I was looking for free software for video editing and I found open shot well suited. Your post helped me to easily install it. Thanks again for writing this post.

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