Install Shotcut on Ubuntu 18.04

Install Shotcut on Ubuntu 18.04

(Last Updated On: September 22, 2018)

In this post we will install Shotcut on Ubuntu 18.04 Desktop.  Shotcut is a great open source video editing software available on most platforms.

I personally use it to edit all the videos I upload to my YouTube channel: AdminTome Blog TV.

There are two ways to installing Shotcut on Ubuntu 18.04

The Easiest Way

The easiest way to install Shotcut is to install the Snap.  Snaps are another way to install packages on your linux system.

As it turns out, this is actually not the easiest way because we have to first install a dependency (libsdl2-dev) manually using this method.

If you want the easiest way to install Shotcut see the next section.

To install using a snap, we first need to open a command prompt.

Click on the applications icon in the bottom right corner.

Ubuntu Applications Icon

In the search window type Terminal.

Ubuntu search for terminal

Click on the Terminal icon to start terminal.

First we need to install a library that is needed.  Run the following command:

sudo apt install libsdl2-dev -y

Notice you will have to enter your admin password to continue the installation.

Next run the following command to install the Snap.

[email protected]:~$ sudo snap install shotcut --classic
[sudo] password for bill: 
shotcut 18.08.14 from 'meltytech' installed
[email protected]:~$

After it completes you can search for it the same way you did terminal above.

Ubuntu search for shotcut

Click on the icon and you will see Shotcut.

Install Shotcut on Ubuntu 18.04 Desktop

Congratulations you now have Shotcut installed.

The Easy Way

We can use Ubuntu Software to install Shotcut as well.

Actually, this appears to be the easiest way because we don’t have to install anything else.

First, click on the Ubuntu Software icon in the left menu.

Ubuntu Software Icon

You will see the Ubuntu Software application.

Ubuntu software application

In the upper right hand part of the window click on the search icon.

Ubuntu Software Search

In the search box type in shotcut.  You will see the Shotcut application listed.

ubuntu software search shotcut

Click on it then click the Install button.

ubuntu software install shotcut

Enter your admin password and shotcut will install.

Click the Launch button to start Shotcut.

ubuntu software launch shotcut

Congratulations, you now have Shotcut installed.

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Also if you want to learn more about Shotcut checkout my YouTube channel: AdminTome Blog TV where I will be posting a couple of Shotcut basics videos.

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