How to install DaVinci Resolve on Ubuntu

DaVinci Resolve is a professional video-editing suite used extensively by VFX studios and movie industry. Let's get it installed on Ubuntu.

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
ls

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!

Hend Adel
Hi! I'm Hend Adel, a freelancer technical geek with successful experience in Database, Linux and many other IT fields. I help to build solutions to suit business needs and creating streamlined processes. I love Linux and I'm here to share my skills via FOSS Linux! Thanks for reading my article.

18 COMMENTS

  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

    • 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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”)

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