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OpenShot Video Editor
OpenShot Video Editor Main Window
OpenShot Video Editor Main Window
Original author(s)Jonathan Thomas
Developer(s)OpenShot Studios, LLC
Initial releaseAugust 2008; 12 years ago (2008-08)[1]
Stable release
2.5.1 / March 3, 2020; 10 months ago (2020-03-03)[2]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inPython, PyQt, C++ (libopenshot library)
Operating systemLinux, macOS, Windows
Available in70 languages
TypeVideo editing software
LicenseGNU General Public License, version 3 or later[3]

OpenShot Video Editor is a free and open-source video editor for Linux, macOS, and Windows. The project was started in August 2008 by Jonathan Thomas, with the objective of providing a stable, free, and friendly to use video editor.[1][4][5][6][7][8]

OpenShot is written in Python, PyQt5, C++ and offers a Python API.[9] OpenShot's core video editing functionality is implemented in a C++ library, libopenshot. The core audio editing is based on the JUCE library.

Since version 2.0.6 (released in 2016), OpenShot is now a cross-platform application. OpenShot is also available in PortableApps form for Windows since 2020.[10]

Video formats and codecs supported[edit]

Screenshot of OpenShot Video Editor 1.4.3

OpenShot supports commonly used codecs that are supported by FFmpeg, including WebM (VP9), AVCHD (libx264), HEVC (libx265), and audio codecs such as mp3 (libmp3lame) and aac (libfaac). The program can render MPEG4, ogv, Blu-ray, and DVD video, and Full HD videos for uploading to Internet video web sites.[11]


A 2010 review of version 1.0 found it to be of alpha quality and not suited for productive use by the general public.[12] On March 31, 2017, a review by Bryan Lunduke on Network World lauded Openshot 2.3 for "its new transformation tool and title editor—as well as its smooth performance".[13] Lunduke also positively mentioned the Linux distribution-agnostic packaging under usage of AppImage.[13]


Jonathan Thomas is also the creator of tutorials on YouTube, the OpenShot Tutorials and CloudAPI Tutorials[14] all on his personal channel.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Nestor, Marius (1 October 2015). "OpenShot 2.0 Video Editor to Be Released Soon for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows 10". Softpedia.
  2. ^ "OpenShot 2.5.1 Released, Optimized Effects & Improved Performance!". 3 March 2020. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  3. ^ "OpenShot Video Editor | Simple, powerful, and free video editor for Linux!". OpenShot. 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  4. ^ Stahie, Silviu (1 June 2015). "OpenShot Video Editor to Get a Ten-Fold Increase in Performance Speed". softpedia.
  5. ^ "Free OpenShot Video Editor is Tremendous". PCWorld. 17 June 2011.
  6. ^ "OpenShop video editor big in 2014".
  7. ^ Dale, Brady. "These Free Video Editors Can Match the Pricey Ones' Features". Observer.
  8. ^ Schroder, Carla. "How To Make Movies in Linux With OpenShot -". - The source for Linux Information. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-10-03.
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  10. ^ Caswell, Gord (2020-01-15). "New: OpenShot Portable 2.4.4 (video editor) Released". PortableApps. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
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  12. ^ Loli, Eugenia (2010-01-11). "OpenShot: A Prematurely Released Video Editor – OSnews". OSnews. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  13. ^ a b Lunduke, Bryan (2017-03-31). "Linux video editor OpenShot 2.3 impresses: New tools, fast performance". Network World. Retrieved 2017-04-02. OpenShot is distributed via appimage. That means they provide a single binary that can be run on just about any modern Linux distribution. I personally tested this out on openSUSE Tumbleweed with great success—but it should run just as easily on Debian, Fedora or others. I love this approach to distributing software directly from the developers.
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