Avidemux is a free and open-source software application for non-linear video editing and transcoding multimedia files. It is trendy as it allows a user to cut, join, split, rotate videos, adds filters, and support many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4, and ASF, using a variety of codecs.
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to Install the latest Avidemux on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.
Table of Contents
- Recommended OS: Ubuntu 20.04.
- User account: A user account with sudo or root access.
- Internet Access
The tutorial will utilize the terminal interface, which can be found in the show applications menu.
Update Operating System
Update your Ubuntu operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
The tutorial will be using the sudo command and assuming you have sudo status.
To verify sudo status on your account:
Example output showing sudo status:
[joshua@ubuntu ~]$ sudo whoami root
To set up an existing or new sudo account, visit our tutorial on How to Add a User to Sudoers on Ubuntu.
Import XtraDEB Applications PPA
To install Avidemux and the latest version is, first import the PPA “xtradeb applications”. This PPA contains quite a few useful applications continuously being updated and maintained.
XtraDEB team also maintains the packages for current non-LTS Ubuntu releases, a bonus.
In your terminal, use the following command to import the PPA.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xtradeb/apps -y
Once installed, run an apt update.
sudo apt update
With the PPA added, you can begin the installation using the following command.
sudo apt install avidemux*
Type Y, then press the ENTER KEY to proceed.
Avidemux can be launched by finding the application in your Activities > Show Applications > Avidemux path.
Once opened, you will land at the default landing screen for Avidemux.
And that is it, and you have successfully installed the latest version of Avidemux on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.
Use the following command entirely for users who no longer wish to have Avidemux on their system and want to remove the software.
sudo apt autoremove avidemux* --purge
Also, remember the PPA repository as this is no longer needed. The command looks familiar to adding the repository, and this time you added the syntax “-r” for removal.
sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:xtradeb/apps -y
However, do not remove this if you have installed other applications from this repository, or you will miss out on updates.
Comments and Conclusion
In the tutorial, you have learned how to import the PPA that contains the latest version of Avidemux and install the software on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.
Avidemux is quite popular given it’s easy to use and free. While it may not do everything compared to more prominent names, it is a worthy option to check out.
To find out more information about Avidemux, visit the official documentation.