Install OpenShot Video Converter in Ubuntu and Linux Mint

OpenShot Video Converter
OpenShot Video Converter

OpenShot Video Converter 2.2 was launched recently and you should be excited as I’m to upgrade it, especially due to the major bug fixes and performance improvements. And not to mention 5K and 4K compatibility. In this article, I will show you how to install it on your Ubuntu or Linux Mint PC.

OpenShot Video Converter
OpenShot Video Converter

OpenShot 2.2 comes in two packages including a AppImage format and the typical package through PPA repository sources. We shall discuss both the methods, and pros and cons of each method.

METHOD 1: OpenShot AppImage 

‘AppImage’ is recently introduced application packager that simplifies the portability of the application. Once packaged in this format, the application can be run on most of popular Linux distros such as Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, RedHat Linux, Arch Linux and so on straight-away without need to install it. It’s like portable applications that exist for Windows operating system that can run from flash drives directly.

Download OpenShot AppImage from here and make sure to save it somewhere in safe location not prone to accidental deletion. I suggest to make a directory named as AppImages in Home folder and save such apps there. All you need to do to double-click it and allow it to execute.

Regarding disadvantages of using this AppImage format is inability to keep the program up-to-update. You have to manually check periodically if any new version is released. The other drawback is the file size. Since the programs run within the package, there is a lot of supporting apps enclosed in it that take up lot of space. OpenShot 2.2 in AppImage format is around 202 MB while, via traditional PPA the download size is around 100 MB.

METHOD 2: PPA

Launch Terminal and type the following commands one at a time to install OpenShot. Enter root password and ‘y’ whenever prompted.

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

Once installed, you can launch it from Applications.

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