How To Install Kdenlive on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Kdenlive on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Kdenlive on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Kdenlive is one of the most popular open-source video editors. Kdenlive is known for its ability to support multiple video formats, such as 3Gp, MKV, MP4, etc., in addition to providing loads of powerful features to its users. Some of the most prominent features include multi-tracks for audio and video editing, a variety of effects and transitions, and customizability.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of the Kdenlive Video Editor on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Kdenlive on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Kdenlive on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Install Kdenlive from the PPA repository.

If you’re running Ubuntu 20.04 LTS you can install Kdenlive via the project’s official stable release PPA:

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

Finally, enter the following command to install Kdenlive on the Ubuntu system:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install kdenlive
  • Install Kdenlive from the Snap store.

Run the following command to install Snap packages:

sudo apt install snapd

To install Kdenlive, simply use the following command:

sudo snap install kdenlive

Step 3. Accessing Kdenlive on Ubuntu.

Once installed launch from the Unity Dash (or equivalent app menu).

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Kdenlive. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Kdenlive Video Editor on your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Kdenlive website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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