How to install OpenShot Video Editor in Fedora (22 & above)

OpenShot is a powerful and feature rich video editor for Linux. It is 100% free and available for free download. If you are into video editing and movie making, this software is a must try for you! Recently OpenShot 2.2 was released with added 4K video editing support and tons of new features.

OpenShot Video Editor
OpenShot Video Editor


OpenShot is not listed in Fedora software center and there is no direct RPM binary to download. Therefore installing it in Fedora involves adding the non-free repository source (don’t worry about terminology, it’s still free to install) and then use dnf command to install it.

Install OpenShot Video Editor on Fedora

Method I: Via Terminal

This installation method should work on Fedora 22 and above. The screenshots below are from Fedora 25.

STEP 1: Click ‘Activities’ and launch ‘Terminal’.

STEP 2: Type the following command and hit enter. This will add both free and non-free fusion repository sources to your Fedora installation.

su -c 'dnf install https://download0.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm https://download0.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm'

STEP 3: Pay attention to the terminal and enter ‘y’ when prompted.

Adding Free and Non-Free Repositories to Fedora 25
Adding Free and Non-Free Repositories to Fedora 25

STEP 4: Next you have to login with superuser rights. Use ‘su’ command followed by your root password.

su

STEP 5: Now you can use dnf command to install OpenShot.

dnf install openshot

STEP 6: Again pay attention to the terminal and enter ‘y’ when prompted.

That’s it. OpenShot should be installed. Launch it from ‘Activities’.

OpenShot Video Editor
OpenShot Video Editor

Method II: Portable OpenShot Video Editor (Doesn’t need installation)

OpenShot is also available in AppImage format. This is a portable format that can be downloaded and run right away – no need to install it. If you prefer this way, go ahead and download from here. After downloading the file, right-click on it and open it ‘Files’. Then double-click on ‘AppRun’ file.

The only drawback of this type of format is you need to manually download new version when available unlike the Method I which fetches updates via software updates.

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