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How to Install Kdenlive in Linux

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Kdenlive is a free and open-source video editing software, available for windows, mac, and Linux. It stands for KDE Non-Linear Video Editor. As the name suggests, it is a non-linear video editing software. A non-linear video is the one that lets you edit clips and videos in any order and does not require you to edit linearly (one clip after another). It is based on the cross-platform framework and KDE frameworks and libraries.  In this article, we will see how you can install this video editor in Linux.

Installation of Kdenlive in Linux

There are 4 ways to install Kdenlive. 

  • Installing Kdenlive using AppImage
  • Installing Kdenlive using snap
  • Installing Kdenlive using the PPA Repository
  • Installing Kdenlive from the Software Manager

Let’s see them one by one.

Method 1: Installing Kdenlive using AppImage

Step 1: Visit Kdenlive’s official download page from here.

Step 2: Click on AppImage in the Linux section.


Step 3: After the AppImage is downloaded, we need to give it executable permission. Open the terminal, move to the directory where you have downloaded the AppImage, and type the following command.

sudo chmod +x kdenlive.AppImage

Now, just replace the “kdenlive.AppImage” with the actual name of the AppImage that you have downloaded.

Step 4: We are done with installing the part, now open the AppImage and you are good to go. If we wish to uninstall Kdenlive, then we can delete the AppImage file.


Method 2: Installing Kdenlive using snap

If we have not set up snap already then you need to do it before proceeding with the further steps. 

Step 1: For Debian-based distros like Ubuntu, we can install them by using snapd.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install snapd


Step 2: We have installed and set up a snap, now we need to run the following command on your system regardless of which distro we are on.

sudo snap install kdenlive

That’s it, Kdenlive is installed, and now you can launch the app from your application launcher.


Method 3: Installing Kdenlive using the PPA Repository

This will work for Ubuntu and other Ubuntu/Debian-based systems. Open the terminal and run the following commands.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kdenlive/kdenlive-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kdenlive


After executing these commands, kdenlive will be installed. Then we can open the application from your application manager just like in the previous method.

Step 4: Installing Kdenlive from the Software Manager

A lot of Linux distributions come with their own GUI-based software manager and store. We can check for a particular software that you want to download and see if it’s available. For example, in KDE, we have Discover, in Ubuntu, we have Ubuntu Software. 



As we can see, our kdenlive is available on these software managers. The process to install from a software manager is pretty straightforward.

Step 1: Open the software page.


Step 2: Click on install, we will be asked for our user’s password for authentication. 


Step 3: Enter the password and the installation will begin. After the program is installed, we can search for the program from application launcher menu.



So these are the methods of installing kdenlive on Linux. 

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Last Updated : 02 Jun, 2022
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