OpenShot Video Editor is a free and open-source video editor for FreeBSD, Linux, Haiku, 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 Video Editor
OpenShot main window
Original author(s)Jonathan Thomas
Developer(s)OpenShot Studios, LLC
Initial releaseAugust 2008 (2008-08)[1]
Stable release
2.4.4 / March 20, 2019 (2019-03-20)[2][3]
Written inPython, C++ (libopenshot library)
Operating systemFreeBSD, Linux, macOS, Windows
TypeVideo editing software
LicenseGNU General Public License, version 3 or later[4]

OpenShot's core video editing functionality is implemented in a C++ library, libopenshot. OpenShot uses the Qt toolkit and offers a Python API.[10]

Since version 2.0.6 (released in 2016), OpenShot is now a cross-platform application.

Video formats and codecs supported

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.


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".[11] Lunduke also positively mentioned the Linux distribution-agnostic packaging under usage of AppImage.[11]

OpenShots transfers personal data (according to the european privacy law definition) at first start (without asking for allowance) and during usage to Google.[12]

See also


  1. 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 11 April 2019.
  3. "OpenShot 2.4.4 Released | Keyframe Scaling, Docking, and More!". 20 March 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  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.
  11. 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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