How to Install OpenShot 2.4.2 in Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04

Last updated: July 1, 2018

OpenShot Video Editor

OpenShot video editor 2.4.2 was released a day ago with exciting new effects, tons of bug fixes, and performance improvements.

OpenShot 2.4.2 release highlights:

  • 7 New Effects (Crop, Hue, Color Shift, Pixelate, Bars, Wave, Shift)
  • Auto audio mixing strategy per clip (average, reduce, or none)
  • Auto-Rotates any Clip with Reader metadata ‘rotate’ attribute.
  • Experimental codecs now supported in FFmpeg/LibAV
  • Many improvements for Audio playback, stability, export dialog, etc.
  • And numerous bug-fixes. See release note for details.

How to Install OpenShot 2.4.2 in Ubuntu:

OpenShot’s official PPA now contains the 2.4.2 release packages for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 17.10, and Ubuntu 18.04.

1. Open terminal (either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher) and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa

Input your password (no visual asterisks feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then upgrade the editor via “Software Updater”, if you have a previous openshot-qt package installed.

Or run commands to check updates and install / upgrade OpenShot:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install openshot-qt libopenshot*


To uninstall openshot video editor, run following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove openshot-qt

And remove the PPA by launching “Software & Updates” and navigating to Other Software tab.


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3 responses to How to Install OpenShot 2.4.2 in Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04

  1. Hi,
    I have a problem installing OpenShot. While installing Scribus it uninstalled some packages, including OpenShot. I uninstalled Scribus and used aptitude to reinstall OpenShot but I keep getting a message box that says libopenshot 0.2.2 is required but I have 0.1.9.

    I’ve tried several times to uninstall and reinstall but the message persists. While installing using apt-get there’s a line that says “libopenshot14 is already the newest version (0.1.9+dfsg1-3build1)”.

    How do I get rid of the libraries that seem to be hidden somewhere. When I run dpkg -L libopenshot14 I get two files (1) /usr/share/doc/libopenshot14 and (2) /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ I tried rm and mv but can’t delete them.

    How can I completely remove all OpenShot libraries?