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OpenShot Video Editor
OpenShot main window
OpenShot main window
Developer(s)OpenShot Studios, LLC
Initial releaseAugust 2008; 10 years ago (2008-08)[1]
Stable release
2.4.3 / September 22, 2018; 5 months ago (2018-09-22)[2][3]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inPython, C++ (libopenshot library)
Operating systemFreeBSD, Linux, macOS, Windows
TypeVideo editing software
LicenseGNU General Public License, version 3 or later[4]

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][5][6][7][8][9]

OpenShot's core video editing functionality is implemented in a C++ library, libopenshot. OpenShot uses the Qt toolkit and offers a Python API.[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.[citation needed]



Around 2013, OpenShot (version 1) was being criticized as being unreliable.[11][12]

Developers (possibly Olivier Girard)[13][who?] responded[when?] by saying that the instability of OpenShot mostly was from the instability of external libraries on which it has relied, in particular the MLT library and GTK Timeline.[14]

The OpenShot 2 series uses its own library for video processing, removing the requirement for the unstable libraries. Developers[who?] stated[when?] that this makes the newly released version of the software more stable.[citation needed]


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".[15] Lunduke also positively mentioned the Linux distribution-agnostic packaging under usage of AppImage.[15]

As of June 2018, most reviewers on the open source website AlternativeTo give OpenShot negative reviews, characterizing it as "unstable", "basic", "slow" and "useless".[16]

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 Video Editor | Download". OpenShot Studios. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  3. ^ "OpenShot 2.4.3 Released | Animated Masks, Nudge, Zoom Fixes, Improved Stability, and More!". 22 September 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  4. ^ "OpenShot Video Editor | Simple, powerful, and free video editor for Linux!". 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  5. ^ Stahie, Silviu (1 June 2015). "OpenShot Video Editor to Get a Ten-Fold Increase in Performance Speed". softpedia.
  6. ^ "Free OpenShot Video Editor is Tremendous". PCWorld. 17 June 2011.
  7. ^ "OpenShop video editor big in 2014".
  8. ^ Dale, Brady. "These Free Video Editors Can Match the Pricey Ones' Features". Observer.
  9. ^ Schroder, Carla. "How To Make Movies in Linux With OpenShot -". - The source for Linux Information.
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  13. ^ "Olivier Girard - Google+". Retrieved August 27, 2018. 97 followers - OpenShot Developper[sic]
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  15. ^ a b Lunduke, Bryan (2017-03-31). "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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