How to install Kdenlive in Ubuntu?

Kdenlive is a free and open-source video editor from KDE. It is available for different platforms including macOS, Linux, FreeBSD, Windows, etc. Kdenlive supports various video file formats such as raw, avi, dv, mpeg2, mpeg4, h.264, AVCHD, HDV, XDCAM-HD™ streams, etc.

It has functionalities like cutting, splitting, transitions, video effects, copy-paste, etc. This is one of the best video editing software available in Linux.

In this article, I will discuss the steps to install Kdenlive in Ubuntu.

The features of Kdenlive

Some key features of the Kdenlive video editor are –

  • Multitrack video editing
  • Supports multiple video and audio formats
  • Configurable interface and shortcuts
  • Plenty of effects and transitions
  • Ability to add custom effects and transitions
  • Built-in audio mixer
  • Proxy editing, etc


You should have access to a user account that has superuser privileges.

How to install Kdenlive in Ubuntu

There are various methods using which you can install and use Kdenlive in a Ubuntu system.

Installing Kdenlive using PPA

You can install Kdenlive using PPA to do this first you need to add the Kdenlive PPA repository to your system.

Use the given command to add the repository –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kdenlive/kdenlive-stable

Update the system repository by using –

sudo apt update

Now you can install the Kdenlive by using the below command –

sudo apt install kdenlive

Installing Kdenlive snap package

Snaps are containerized packages that can be used across the different distributions of Linux. This is one of the easiest methods of installing packages on a Ubuntu system.

Now to install the Kdenlive snap package on your system use –

sudo snap install kdenlive

Installing Kdenlive using AppImage

The AppImage is a universal software package format that runs on most Linux systems without installation. To download the Kdenlive AppImage package first go to the download page on its official website and click on AppImage as you can see in the below image.

download page

Once the AppImage package is downloaded make it executable using the given command –

chmod +x Downloads/*.AppImage

Run the application from your terminal by using –


This will launch the Kdenlive on your system.

Note- At the time of writing this article Kdenlive 21.08.0 is the latest version

Installing Kdenlive using flatpak

Flatpak is another way of building, distributing, and running sandboxed desktop applications on a Linux system.

To download the Kdenlive Flatpak package first you need to install and configure Flatpak on your system. To install Flatpak open your terminal and execute the given command –

sudo apt install flatpak -y

Next, add the Flathub repository by using the given command –

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

Now use the given command to install the Kdenlive flatpak package –

sudo flatpak install flathub org.kde.kdenlive

Start Kdenlive video editor

After the installation of Kdenlive on your system you can launch it from the activity dashboard. Search Kdenlive and when an icon appears like given in the image below click on it to launch the application.

search kdenlive

You can see the interface of Kdenive in the given image. Here you can start editing your videos.

kdenlive interface


You can use any of the above methods to install Kdenlive on your system. Now if you have a query then write us in the comments below.

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