How to install Shotcut in Ubuntu?

Shotcut is a free and open-source video editor available for different platforms including Linux, FreeBSD, macOS, and Windows. It is built on the MLT framework.

Shotcut supports 4K videos, a number of audio-video formats, transitions, and effects. It is best for basic and intermediate uses.

In this article, I will discuss how to install the Shotcut video editor in Ubuntu.

Features of Shotcut video editor

The key features of Shotcut video editor are –

  • It supports different video, audio, and image formats via FFmpeg
  • Native timeline editing
  • Webcam and audio capture
  • Supports various video and audio formats
  • Provide various transitions and effects
  • Hardware-level support
  • Cross-Platform & Codec Independent
  • EDL(Edit Transition List) export, etc

How to install Shotcut in Ubuntu

There are different ways in which you can install Shotcut on your Ubuntu system.

Installing Shotcut using PPA repository

You can download and install Shotcut by adding the PPA repository to your system. Use the given command in your terminal –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:haraldhv/shotcut

Now run the update command to refresh the package repository on your system –

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Finally use the following command to install the Shotcut video editor on your system –

sudo apt install shotcut

If it asks for your confirmation press y and then enter.

Installing Shotcut using Snap

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.

To install Shotcut video editor snap package use –

sudo snap install shotcut --classic

Installing Shotcut using AppImage

AppImage is another package format that can be run on any Linux distribution. You can download the Shotcut AppImage from the download page on its official website.

download linkOR by using the given command to download it –


Once it gets downloaded make the file executable by using the given command –

chmod +x shotcut-linux-x86_64-210321.appimage

Finally, run the application by using the following –


Starting Shotcut video editor in Ubuntu

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

search shotcut

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

shotcut application interface


You can use any of the above methods to install Shotcut on your Ubuntu system. It is available in other formats also which include Flatpak, tar.gz.

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