Kdenlive is a free video editing open-source software part of the KDE Projects. The video editing software is based on the MLT Framework, KDE, and Qt. The project was started by Jason Wood in 2002 and is now maintained by a small team of developers. With Kdenlive 15.04.0 in 2015, it became part of the official KDE Projects and accepts many audio and video formats, allowing you to add effects, transitions, and render into the format of your choice.
- Intuitive multitrack interface.
- Many effects and transitions.
- Color scopes
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Kdenlive on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa using three installations method of APT, Flatpak, and Snap using the command line terminal, along with some tips on maintaining the software into the future.
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The first step is to make sure your system is up-to-date to avoid issues during the installation and for good practice. This is done by opening your terminal and using the following command.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
Install Kdenlive – APT Method with Ubuntu Repository
By default, Kdenlive is available on the Ubuntu 20.04 repository, the advised version for users who are happy with the stable version for minor use and do not require the latest advancements of constant updates; see newer features as Ubuntu LTS is slower to release these builds.
In your terminal, use the following command to begin the installation.
sudo apt install kdenlive -y
Install Kdenlive – APT Method with PPA
The second option is to install Kdenlive using the PPA from the launchpad. This is probably the most desired for Ubuntu users to keep the installation using the APT package manager while having the latest up-to-date version.
Currently, two PPA branches exist by the “Kdenlive” team, the release known as the stable version and then the development version, which is considered bleeding-edge. I would recommend the release of PPA for most users as it will still be ahead of Ubuntu’s version as time progresses.
Note, you can only import one PPA at a time; switch, remove Kdenlive, remove the PPA, and import the desired one.
Option 1 – Import Kdenlive PPA Release
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kdenlive/kdenlive-stable -y
Option 2 – Import Kdenlive PPA Development
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kdenlive/kdenlive-master -y
Once you have imported the option you prefer, run a quick APT update to reflect the newly imported PPAs.
sudo apt-get update
Now, install Kdenlive.
sudo apt install kdenlive -y
Users that have already installed Kdenlive may have seen updates available. The best option is to use the installation command still to make sure any new dependencies are installed from the PPA.
Install Kdenlive – Flatpak Method
The third option is to use the Flatpak package manager, which is not installed on Ubuntu distributions, given Snap, which is Flatpak’s rival, is owned by Canonical and Ubuntu. However, Flatpak is still available to install from Ubuntu’s default repository.
The extra benefit of using Flatpak installations is that you will always have the most up-to-date version compared to Ubuntu which focuses on stability with older versions that only see updates for security issues or serve bugs.
First, install the Flatpak manager; this can be skipped if you already have it installed.
sudo apt install flatpak -y
For users installing Flatpak for the first time, it is often recommended to reboot your system. Failure to do this can occur with odd issues arising, such as paths not being generated for icons.
SKIP THE REBOOT IF FLATPAK IS INSTALLED.
Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal:
sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
Now install the video editor using the following flatpak command.
flatpak install flathub org.kde.kdenlive -y
Install Kdenlive – Snap Method
The fourth method will be installing the software with snapd. The Snapcraft package manager should be installed on Ubuntu-installed systems unless removed previously.
Currently, all three methods are up-to-date and are separated by a matter of a day or so when it comes to updates, so it is a choice of which package manager you prefer to use.
First, re-install Snapd if you have removed it previously.
sudo snap install snapd -y
Ideally, it is worth rebooting when installing third-party managers; if you experience issues, please do this.
Next, install the snap core to avoid any conflicts.
sudo snap install core
Next, some packages come in classic, so you need to create a symlink to enable classic snap support.
sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap
Now install the software snapd package with the following command.
sudo snap install kdenlive
How to Launch Kdenlive
Now that you have the application installed, launching can be done in a few ways.
First, the software can be launched directly from your terminal using the following command.
If you would like to launch and use the terminal simultaneously, send it to the background.
Alternatively, Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance.
flatpak run org.kde.kdenlive
Lastly, snap users can launch from the terminal using the following command.
sudo snap run kdenlive
However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open the course.
Activities > Show Applications > Kdenlive
Next, you will arrive at the main controls of the video editing software, and my advice would be to visit the documentation manual for users that are new to video editing and Kdenlive, as it is well documented without being too technical easy for beginners.
How to Update/Upgrade Kdenlive
Depending on the method of installation used, the following commands can be used to update.
APT Update Method
sudo apt upgrade && sudo apt upgrade
Flatpak Update Method
Snap Update Method
sudo snap update
How to Remove (Uninstall) Kdenlive
Use one of the following commands to suit the original installation method for users who no longer require the application.
APT Remove Method
sudo apt autoremove kdenlive -y
Users that installed Kdenlive using the LaunchPad PPAs use the following command that matches your installation version.
Remove Kdenlive Release:
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:kdenlive/kdenlive-stable -y
Remove Kdenlive Development:
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:kdenlive/kdenlive-master -y
Flatpak Remove Method
flatpak uninstall --delete-data flathub org.kde.kdenlive
Next, run the following command for any leftover clean-up.
flatpak remove --unused
Snap Remove Method
sudo snap remove kdenlive
Comments and Conclusion
Kdenlive is a powerful video editor constantly being improved by the developers who maintain it. Its many features and ease of use are an excellent choice for anyone looking to start editing videos. The latest release, 15.04.0, has seen several improvements and bug fixes, making it even better. If you are looking for a free and open-source video editor that is easy to learn and use, check out Kdenlive.
You can further investigate Kdenlive by visiting the documentation page for more information.