How to Install OpenShot on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

OpenShot Video Editor is a powerful, easy-to-use video editor for Linux, OS X, and Windows. With OpenShot, you can easily create videos for YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Instagram, and more! It’s simple to use and easy to start with video editing with popular video formats and start editing your video. OpenShot has many features that you would expect from a professional video editor, including timeline editing, drag-and-drop support, image sequences, keyframes, audio mixing, and waveform visualization.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install OpenShot on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using two methods with APT or Flatpak using the command line terminal.

Update Ubuntu

First, before you begin, perform a quick update to your system to ensure all existing packages are up-to-date to avoid any conflicts during the installation.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Install OpenShot – APT PPA Method

An alternative method is to install OpenShot PPA maintained by the “OpenShot Developers” team.

The following dependencies will need to be installed. Most of these packages are already on your system, but running the command can help ensure they are installed.

sudo apt install dirmngr ca-certificates software-properties-common gnupg gnupg2 apt-transport-https -y

Next, import the GPG key needed for all the repositories.

If you have issues importing the GPG key, please see the end section on GPG troubleshooting at the end of the article.

sudo gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring /usr/share/keyrings/openshot.gpg --keyserver --recv-keys FBA0C227099A5360635E3D9152165BD6B9BA26FA

Example output:

g: keybox '/usr/share/keyrings/openshot.gpg' created
gpg: key 52165BD6B9BA26FA: public key "Launchpad OpenShot Development PPA" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:               imported: 1

Now import using the following command.

echo 'deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/openshot.gpg] jammy main' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openshot.list

Now, update your repository list to reflect the new additions.

sudo apt update

With the setup complete, execute the installation command to install.

sudo apt install openshot-qt -y

Install OpenShot – Flatpak Method

The third option is to use the Flatpak package manager. Flatpak is not installed natively on Ubuntu 22.04, given Canonical is behind both Ubuntu and Snaps, but it is available to install if you so wish.

First, install the Flatpak manager if it was removed previously.

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, such as paths not being generated for icons.

sudo reboot


Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal.

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

Next, you can install OpenShot Flatpak with the following command.

flatpak install flathub org.openshot.OpenShot -y

Once installed, you can proceed to launch.

How to Launch OpenShot

The best method is to use the following desktop path to launch OpenShot.

Activities > Show Applications > OpenShot Video Editor


How to Install OpenShot on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Once you open OpenShot, you can begin using the video editor. I suggest visiting the official website documentation for first-time users to learn how to use the software and handy hints.


How to Install OpenShot on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

How to Update/Upgrade OpenShot

Most users would often update when the desktop GUI notifies them, which is excellent. But I would always recommend updating using the command line terminal with CLI to ensure updates are getting processed.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

How to Remove & Uninstall OpenShot

The removal of the OpenShot is straightforward. Use the following command that matches your installation.

Remove OpenShot APT Method

sudo apt autoremove openshot --purge

Note that this will delete all data, including all database data added with the –purge flag. Do not use the purge end flag if you wish to keep the data.

Users who installed using the PPA and have not installed any other applications can safely remove this repo.

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openshot.list

Remove OpenShot Flatpak Method

To remove the Flatpack version, run the following command.

flatpak uninstall --delete-data org.openshot.OpenShot -y

Another handy hint can be to use the following command to ensure Flatpak has not left behind any unnecessary packages as it is known to sometimes.

flatpak remove --unused

How to Fix Broken GPG Import

For users who have not previously imported a GPG key from the Ubuntu keyserver, the command line terminal will often have issues importing GPG keys from LaunchPAD PPAs because the directories are not created. This is an easy fix. Use the following command that will, in turn, generate the guides.

sudo gpg --list-keys

Example output:

How to Install OpenShot on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

As above, the necessary directories have been created. This can be skipped, and use the following GPG import command below. If you have any issues with directories missing for this and any other PPA GPG key in the future, just run the above command.

Comments and Conclusion

If you’re looking for a powerful, easy-to-use video editor that works on Linux, OS X, and Windows, OpenShot is a perfect choice. With OpenShot, you can easily create videos for YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Instagram, and more!

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