Install OpenShot Video Editor on Ubuntu 20.04

OpenShot is a free and open-source video editor for Linux and other OS, here we will learn how to install it on Ubuntu 20.04 Linux including earlier versions such as Ubuntu 19.04/18.04/17.04/16.04 with Linux Mint, Debian, and on other common Deb based Distros.

When it comes to video editing most people are struggling because of difficulty in getting the right software. One option is can go for paid professional solutions like Avid and Adobe premier, but if I am a beginner or just need a video editor for YouTube video editing and other common stuff, do I need to invest in such software? Of course not because there are quite a handful of free as well as open-source Video editors who can fulfill our regular demands of creating videos. For example, Shotcut and OpenShot. Here we will talk about the second one.

The OpenShot Video Editor is a lightweight tool that does not require high hardware resource PC to edit videos. It was started as a hobby project and later become a popular free editing tool that has a very simple and clean user interface.

It comes with essential tools to instantly cut, join, and add effects however it quickly reaches its limits for experienced users. It is primarily suitable for everyone who is looking to get started with simple video editing.

OpenShot is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Furthermore, you can see our list of the 6 Best open-source video editors in 2020.

How to install OpenShot on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

#1st method using Flatpak:

Install Flatpak

The best way to install OpenShot is using the Flatpak because using APT package installation may produce some dependencies issues. Therefore, first, install the Flatpak

sudo apt install flatpak
flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

Restart your system


Get OpenShot on Ubuntu 20.04

Now, use the Flatpak command line to install the OpenShot on your system

flatpak install flathub org.openshot.OpenShot


Run this Video Editor:

Once the installation is completed, we can run the application either using the command terminal with the help of the given command:

flatpak run org.openshot.OpenShot

Alternatively, go to Application launcher and search for Openshot, soon in the search result, you will find the icon of this app, click the same to run it.


To the app future installed using the Flatpak, run:

flatpak update


#2nd method using the APT package manager


Update system

The first thing we do is – update our existing packages on the system. This will also rebuild our system’s repo cache.

sudo apt update

Install OpenShot

To install OpenShot on Ubuntu 20.04, we don’t need to add any third repository. We can run the installation command to install it. Therefore, open the command terminal and type:

sudo apt install openshot-qt python3-openshot

In case you are on some older version, where the OpenShot packages are not available to download directly from the official repository, then we can add manually the PPA repo of this tool on our Linux system. For that use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install openshot-qt python3-openshot


Run OpenShot

Now, go to Applications and search for it. As the icon of OpenShot appears, click on it.

Install Openshot on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Start Editing on Linux

Click on the File and then select the Import Files option, and select the video file. Now start with simple editing options and effects you want to add to your videos.

Editing in OpneShot Video Editor on Ubuntu Linux

Uninstall or Remove

In the future, if you want to delete the OpenShot from your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Jammy, then run the given command:

#For 1st method using Flatpak:

flatpak remove flathub org.openshot.OpenShot

#For the second method:

sudo apt autoremove --purge openshot-qt

To remove the PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:openshot.developers/ppa


1 thought on “Install OpenShot Video Editor on Ubuntu 20.04”

  1. This application doesn’t work on Ubuntu 20.04, the dependencies are broken.
    To remove it: sudo apt-get remove –autoremove openshot-qt
    Otherwise Snap will show it installed, and it won’t install the dependencies correctly..


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