How to Install VidCutter on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

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 but 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 Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa using three different methods, which are APT and Flatpak.

Update Ubuntu

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, which by default is not installed on Ubuntu distributions given Snap which is Flatpak’s rival, is owned by Canonical along with 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 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.

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 third option is to use the natively installed Snapcraft feature, similar to Flatpak but made by the same company behind Ubuntu but not as popular amongst the general Linux population as flatpak. Still, Ubuntu users would find snaps should work well, given Canonical is pushing to use SNAPS more.

First, re-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.

In your terminal type:

vidcutter

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

Lastly, 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 Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

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

Example:

How to Install VidCutter on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

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

Snap Update Method

sudo snap refresh

How to Remove (Uninstall) VidCutter

For users who no longer require the application, use one of the following commands to suit the original installation method.

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

Snap Remove Method

sudo snap remove vidcutter

Comments and Conclusion

In the guide, you have learned to install the VidCutter on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS using APT, 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 found in more full-featured video editors but makes up for it with its ease of use and cross-platform support.



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