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OpenShot Video Editor
OpenShot main window
OpenShot main window
Original author(s) Jonathan Thomas
Developer(s) OpenShot Studios, LLC
Initial release August 2008; 9 years ago (2008-08)[1]
Stable release
2.4 / September 7, 2017; 39 days ago (2017-09-07)[2]
Written in Python, C++ (libopenshot library)
Operating system FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, Windows
Type Video editing software
License GNU General Public License, version 3 or later[3]

OpenShot Video Editor is a free and open-source video editor for FreeBSD, 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's core video editing functionality is implemented in a C++ library, libopenshot. OpenShot uses the Qt toolkit and offers a Python API.[9]

Video formats and codecs supported[edit]

OpenShot supports commonly used codecs that are supported by FFmpeg like WebM (VP9), AVCHD (libx264), HEVC (libx265), and audio codecs like 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 websites.



Around 2013 OpenShot has been criticized as being unreliable.[10][11] Developers responded by saying that the instability of OpenShot comes from the instability of libraries it relies on, specifically the MLT library and GTK Timeline.[12] The OpenShot 2 series uses its own library for video processing, removing the requirement for the unstable libraries. Developers state that this will make the newly released version of the software more stable.


A review by Bryan Lunduke on March 31, 2017 on Network World noted 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]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Marius Nestor (1 October 2015). "OpenShot 2.0 Video Editor to Be Released Soon for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows 10". softpedia. 
  2. ^ "OpenShot Video Editor | Download". Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  3. ^ "OpenShot Video Editor | Simple, powerful, and free video editor for Linux!". 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  4. ^ Silviu Stahie (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. ^ Brady Dale. "These Free Video Editors Can Match the Pricey Ones’ Features". Observer. 
  8. ^ Carla Schroder. "How To Make Movies in Linux With OpenShot -". - The source for Linux Information. 
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  13. ^ a b Bryan Lunduke (Mar 31, 2017). "Linux video editor OpenShot 2.3 impresses: New tools, fast performance". Network World. Retrieved 2017-04-02. Interestingly, 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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