How to Install VidCutter on Linux Mint 20

VidCutter is a free, open-source application that can 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 Linux Mint 20 using two different methods: APT and Flatpak, along with how to maintain and remove the software using the command line terminal.

Update Linux Mint

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 VidCutter – APT Method

The first option is to import the PPA VidCutter, which always contains the most up-to-date version of VidCutter.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ozmartian/apps -y

Next, run an APT update after importing the PPA.

sudo apt update

Now with the following command, install VidCutter.

sudo apt install vidcutter -y

Install VidCutter – Flatpak Method

The second option is to use the Flatpak package manager, and this is natively installed on Linux Mint in place of the SNAP package system that has been removed and disabled.

First, re-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 arising, such as paths not being generated for icons.



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

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

Now install VidCutter using the following flatpak command.

flatpak install flathub com.ozmartians.VidCutter -y

How to Launch VidCutter

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

In your terminal type:


If you would like to launch and use the terminal at the same time, send it to the background:

vidcutter &

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

flatpak run com.ozmartians.VidCutter

However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open with the path: Taskbar > Sound & Video > VidCutter.


How to Install VidCutter on Linux Mint 20

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


How to Install VidCutter on Linux Mint 20

How to Update VidCutter

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

APT Update Method

sudo apt upgrade && sudo apt upgrade

Flatpak Update Method

flatpak update

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.

APT Remove Method

sudo apt autoremove vidcutter -y

Flatpak Remove Method

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

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

flatpak remove --unused

Comments and Conclusion

In the guide, you have learned to install the VidCutter on Linux Mint 20 using APT PPA or Flatpak.

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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