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How to install DaVinci Resolve on Ubuntu

by Hend Adel
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DaVinci Resolve is a professional software used for video editing, color correction, motion graphics, and visual effects. It’s extensively used in the moving-making industry, especially Hollywood.

Previously, it used to be a daunting task to install the DaVinci Resolve on a Linux PC, but thanks to the script created by Daniel Tufvesson, now it’s easier to install. The script is named “MakeResolveDeb.” It is responsible for generating a deb package that can be used to the easiest way to install any packages, just like an exe file would in the Windows OS. Also, the same script can be used to remove the installed DaVinci Resolve software from your system.

Installing DaVinci Resolve on Ubuntu

Before starting our guide, please make sure that your Ubuntu system is up to date using the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 1. First, we need to install the required packages that are necessary to install the DaVinci Resolve software.

sudo apt install xorriso libssl1.0.0 ocl-icd-opencl-dev fakeroot
Install The Additional Packages

Install The Additional Packages

Step 2. Open your favorite web browser.

Step 3. Navigate to the DaVinci Resolve official website and download the DaVinci software.

Download DaVinci Resolve

Download DaVinci Resolve

Step 4. Choose between the DaVinci Resolve free version and the DaVinci Resolve studio one. (In this tutorial, we have used the DaVinci Resolve free version.)

Choose Your Download Type

Choose Your Download Type

Step 5. For your download to begin, you need to register with your email and enter a few details about you.

Enter Your Details

Enter Your Details

Step 6. Save your DaVinci Resolve package.

Save Your DaVinci Package

Save Your DaVinci Package

Meanwhile, check your download progress and when the download completes successfully move on to the next step.

Check Your Download Progress

Check Your Download Progress

Step 7. Now let’s download the “MakeResolveDeb” script from this website.

Download The Make Resolve Deb Script

Download The Make Resolve Deb Script

Step 8. Save the script in the same directory as the DaVinci Resolve.

Save The Make Resolve Deb Script With The Same DaVinci Resolve Extracted Package

Save The Make Resolve Deb Script With The Same DaVinci Resolve Extracted Package

Step 9. From your terminal, move to the Downloads directory then list its content to ensure that the previous two downloads are there.

cd Downloads
Move To The Downloads Directory

Move To The Downloads Directory

Step 10. Extract the DaVinci Resolve using the following command:

unzip DaVinci_Resolve_16.1.1_Linux.zip
Extract The DaVinci Resolve Package

Extract The DaVinci Resolve Package

Step 11. Extract the MakeResolveDeb script, and make sure that the script is located in the same directory with the DaVinci Resolve.

Extract The Make Resolve Deb Script

Extract The Make Resolve Deb Script

Step 12. Now execute the script to build and generate the DaVinci Resolve deb package.

./makeresolvedeb_16.1.1-3.sh lite

Note that the “lite” option mentioned above is used for the free DaVinci Resolve. In case you have downloaded the studio version you can use the same script command and use the “studio” option instead of the “lite” one as following:

./makeresolvedeb_16.1.1-3.sh studio
Run The Make Resolve Deb Script

Run The Make Resolve Deb Script

Just relax this command takes some time to complete. When the above command finishes successfully, you will get a message like the below one.

The Make Resolve Deb Script Completed Successfully

The Make Resolve Deb Script Completed Successfully

Step 13. Next, you can install the DaVinci Resolve.

sudo dpkg -i davinci-resolve_16.1.1-3_amd64.deb
Install The DaVinci Resolve Package

Install The DaVinci Resolve Package

Step 14. From the top left of your screen, open the Activities tab.

Step 15. Search for the DaVinci Resolve and open it.

Open The DaVinci Resolve Software

Open The DaVinci Resolve Software

Step 16. Enjoy using DaVinci Resolve!

Welcome To DaVinci Resolve

Welcome To DaVinci Resolve

That’s about our guide to installing the DaVinci Resolve on your Ubuntu machine. I hope you enjoy creating excellent multimedia content for your project, whether it’s for YouTube videos or a movie you are making!

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Budius December 29, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Just a tip from what I found out, during runtime only `ocl-icd-opencl-dev` is necessary, the other dependencies are only for the process of generate the deb package.

So what I’ve done is to run the deb generation on a container (I used https: //linuxcontainers.org ). It’s simple as:

snap install lxd
lxd init
lxc launch ubuntu:18.04 first
lxc file push Downloads/DaVinci_Resolve_16.1.2_Linux.zip first/tmp/
lxc file push Downloads/makeresolvedeb_16.1.2-1.sh first/tmp/
lxc exec first — /bin/bash
… then execute inside the container the stuff from this article
exit << exit from container
lxc file pull first/tmp/davinci-resolve_16.1.2-1_amd64.deb Downloads/
lxc stop first
lxc delete first

KayBro January 11, 2020 - 9:47 AM

Thanks for publishing this article! Being a brand new Linux user and running POP_OS, I have a question about ui scaling.

My Dell XPS monitor is 3840×2160 and the UI is barely readable. Is there a file or setting that can be adjusted to make it usable?

Thanks again for the articles, your site has been incredibly helpful for getting started!

oz January 26, 2020 - 11:03 PM

after it is installed, why can’t davinci be opened

even though the RAM has been upgraded 16GB

does anyone know why?

Rog January 30, 2020 - 3:55 PM

Wasted a whole evening so far. Davinci will install but won’t run. Followed numerous guides, one of which completely screwed up my screen resolution. Take a TimeShift backup as this was the only way I could undo the mess. Think I’ll just stick with KdenLive. Dependencies all there. AMD graphics card so shouldn’t have the Nvidia problems so many guides mention. Hard to convince people to use Linux when a simple task like installing software is like pulling teeth.

kybramex April 8, 2020 - 3:39 PM

Blackmagic is to blame. Although they’re honest in telling to only support CentOS. However it is not impossible to make it work in any other linux distro, it is just a matter of dependencies and a supported nvidia card with a proprietary driver installed.

Prem March 7, 2020 - 10:49 PM

I also spent an evening installing DaVinci 16.2 and it will not run. Bummer.

Nagu March 17, 2020 - 12:38 PM

thank you man.. it worked well

Uno Castillo March 26, 2020 - 2:30 PM

How do i unnistall it?

Jim Kendall May 18, 2020 - 12:40 PM

In /opt/resolve/scripts there is an uninstall script 🙂

kilsa August 26, 2020 - 1:00 PM

i only found this
script.checkfirmware script.getlogs.v4 script.start

mrmjive January 27, 2021 - 6:15 AM

apt remove davinci-resolve

kybramex April 8, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Anyone had problems with a hdpi screen and ui?

kybramex April 14, 2020 - 11:27 PM

update: To have a usable hdpi interface on linux the prefix must be used QT_DEVICE_PIXEL_RATIO=2 ./resolve

sachin April 18, 2020 - 3:46 AM

how to crack licence key after install in linux

Toloy June 25, 2020 - 1:57 PM


Ali May 7, 2020 - 4:07 PM

It won’t open, just the cursor starts to spin for few seconds, then nothing happens.

Mac May 21, 2020 - 3:44 PM

For some reason I had to install these packets individually
“sudo apt install xorriso libssl1.0.0 ocl-icd-opencl-dev fakeroot”
and rest of installation went smoothly.
Too bad that free Linux version (not studio) does not support mp4 files.
An extra work with ffmpeg is needed.
Thanks anyway.

Kevin May 23, 2020 - 5:43 PM

Ahh you have saved my life with this post. Thank you!!!

malki June 2, 2020 - 9:35 PM

Keep getting this error even though both are in the same directory.

Sorry. Need ‘${INSTALLER_ARCHIVE}’ to continue. Download the archive from http://www.blackmagicdesign.com Tried unzipping into the downloads folder and into an auto generated extract to folder

SeigeA June 21, 2020 - 9:14 PM

This is out of date for 16.2.3

I installed on ubuntu by:
Unzipping the file
running the .run app image file as “one time only” (not “integrate”)

Davinci beginner July 18, 2020 - 6:38 AM

Checked out both possibilities via .deb pakets and directly executing the .run file. Neither didn’t work.
Setup ubuntu18.04 and DaVinci_Resolve_16.2.4_Linux.zip

Jahn July 19, 2020 - 2:07 PM

What a masochism. Why couldn’t the developers just provide a ready-made .deb package?!

Bob_Reed July 24, 2020 - 2:39 PM

I am trying to install it on Ubuntu 20.04 and getting “Package ‘libssl1.0.0’ has no installation candidate. Anyone else run into this?

Joe Robles August 29, 2020 - 1:52 AM

sudo apt install xorriso libssl1.1 ocl-icd-opencl-dev fakeroot
worked for me

Stet August 19, 2020 - 8:09 PM

Davinci 15 does not install at all. No candidate 🙁

mrjive January 27, 2021 - 6:16 AM

I’m having a hard time with Davinci Resolve. While I managed to install it (debian with proprietary NVidia drivers), it starts but crashes when I start it. The bug report (and the check for updates) fail, saying that there is a network problem, which of course isn’t there since my connection is fine and I can use it with any other software).

kolol March 23, 2021 - 4:56 PM

AMD Radeon R7 260X/360
Ubuntu 20.04
Davinci Resolve 17
Deb-creator Version 1.4.5

0 errors in creating the .deb, and Davinci installs OK – but when the program is launched, I get “Unsupported GPU Processing Mode”. I enter “Update Configuration”, and I see that there are no folders added for Media Storage – so I add one, and the program just quits. Terminal output is simply

FusionScript Server [72953] Terminated

If I try to change the GPU modes, and hit Save (configuration), the program also quits with the same error message.

That sucks, I’d rather not use Winblows.

lars April 4, 2021 - 4:48 AM

This is kind of a mess, huh?

Bryon Lape April 20, 2021 - 8:38 PM

Using this, I was able to install fine, but Resolve won’t read any video file properly, no matter which codec or format.

Deemantha May 14, 2021 - 9:42 PM

can i knew what is the activation key

Arise Peter M June 3, 2021 - 12:08 PM

No Need to do all these things and these do not works. Just download Davici Resolve 17 from site and simply un zip the downloaded file in to desktop and go to desktop in terminal and copy paste this command

sudo ./DaVinci_Resolve_17.2.1_Linux.run -i

it will simply install Resolve. You can run it from application menu afterwords.

Note: These verything is mentioned in instllation document comes with the zip file

Nicholas August 21, 2021 - 12:33 AM

I was looking for that comment. Thanks for information.

Claudio Rocha December 24, 2021 - 8:44 AM

to install nvidia drivers you might need

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa


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