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How to Install VidCutter on Debian 11 Bullseye

VidCutter is a free, open-source application that can be used to cut video and audio files. It has tools for cutting all sorts of media, but it’s not a full-blown video editor. Instead, its focus lies solely on slicing up videos into clips you could then upload onto your website (or send someone).

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install VidCutter on Debian 11 Bullseye using two different methods: Flatpak and Snap third-party managers, along with how to maintain and remove the software in the future using the command line terminal.

Update Debian

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

Install VidCutter – Flatpak Method

The first option is to use the Flatpak package manager, which by default is not installed on Debian distributions but is available.

The extra benefit of using Flatpak installations is that you will always have the most up-to-date version compared to Debian, which focuses on stability with older versions that only see updates for security issues or serve bugs.

First, install the Flatpak manager.

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.

reboot

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 VidCutter using the following flatpak command.

flatpak install flathub com.ozmartians.VidCutter -y

Install VidCutter – Snap Method

The second option is to use Snaps, which is not as popular as Flatpak but works just as similar to Flatpak but made by the same company behind Ubuntu.

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

sudo apt install snapd -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.

reboot

SKIP THE REBOOT IF FLATPAK IS INSTALLED.

Next, you install the core files for SNAP to avoid any issues.

sudo snap install core

Now install VidCutter using the following command.

sudo snap install vidcutter

How to Launch VidCutter

Now that you have the application installed, launching can be done in a few ways.

Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance:

flatpak run com.ozmartians.VidCutter

Snap users can launch from the terminal with the following snap run command.

sudo snap run VidCutter

However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open with the path: Activities > Show Applications > VidCutter.

Example:

How to Install VidCutter on Debian 11 Bullseye

Once open, you will arrive at the default screen. From here, you can begin using VidCutter.

Example:

How to Install VidCutter on Debian 11 Bullseye

How to Update VidCutter

Depending on the method used, the following commands can be used to update.

Flatpak Update Method

flatpak update

Snap Update Method

sudo snap refresh

How to Remove (Uninstall) VidCutter

Use one of the following commands to suit the original installation method for users who no longer require the application.

Flatpak Remove Method

flatpak uninstall --delete-data com.ozmartians.VidCutter

Next, run the following command for any leftover clean-up.

flatpak remove --unused

Snap Remove Method

sudo snap remove vidcutter

Comments and Conclusion

In the guide, you have learned to install the VidCutter on Debian 11 Bullseye using Flatpak or Snap.

VidCutter is a great free and open-source video editing program that can be used to quickly cut media files on Windows, Mac, and Linux devices. The program lacks features in more full-featured video editors but makes up for it with its ease of use and cross-platform support.



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