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How to install the Olive video editor on Linux

Olive is a free, non-linear video editor for Linux, Mac, and Windows. It aims to be a powerful, free alternative to popular mainstream video editing suits like Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, and others. Here’s how to get Olive installed on Linux.

Ubuntu installation instructions

The developers of the Olive video editor are very good to Ubuntu users and have provided them with a third-party PPA repository to get everything working. Best of all, since it is a PPA, Olive will always be up to date.

To add the Olive PPA to your Ubuntu PC, start by opening up a terminal window. To launch a terminal press Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, use the add-apt-repository command below.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:olive-editor/olive-editor

Following adding the Olive PPA to Ubuntu, the apt update command must be run so that the PPA has a chance to set itself up.

sudo apt update

After running the apt update command, it is time to install the Olive video editor. Using the apt install command, get the app installed.

sudo apt install olive-editor

Debian installation instructions

The Olive video editor has made its way to the official Debian package repositories for Buster, Bullseye, and Unstable. If you’re looking to get Olive up and running on Debian, start by launching a terminal window on the desktop by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard.

Once the terminal window is open, use the apt-get command below to install the latest version of the Olive video editor.

sudo apt-get install olive-editor

Using Debian and unable to get Olive Editor up and running with the command above? Consider following the AppImage, Snap, or Flatpak installation instructions instead.

Arch Linux installation instructions

Olive is available in the Arch Linux User Repository. If you’re an Arch Linux user, start the installation by using the Pacman package manager to install the “Base-devel” and “Git” packages.

sudo pacman -S base-devel git

Following the installation of “Base-devel” and “Git,” use the git clone command to download the Trizen AUR helper. With this app, Olive will be much easier to install.

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git

Now that Trizen is done downloading, install it with the makepkg command.

cd trizen 

makepkg -sri

Finally, install the Olive editor with the Trizen command.

trizen -S olive-git

Fedora installation instructions

On Fedora Linux, there is no RPM package file available in the Fedora repositories, or anywhere online. As a result, if you’d like to use Olive, you must follow either the Snap, Flatpak or AppImage instructions below.

OpenSUSE installation instructions

Much like Fedora Linux, OpenSUSE has no native RPM Package files to download to gain easy access to the Olive video editor. Thankfully, the fact that there isn’t an RPM package file available doesn’t matter, as Olive can also be installed a Snap, Flatpak or AppImage. Follow those instructions below to get Olive on OpenSUSE.

Snap installation instructions

The developers of the Olive video editor have released a Snap version of the app. If you’re running Ubuntu or another Linux operating system that has support for the Snap store.

To install the Olive video editor as a Snap from the Snap Store, start by enabling the Snapd runtime on your Linux PC by following this guide here. Then, after setting up Snapd, use the snap install command to get Olive working.

sudo snap install --edge olive-editor

Flatpak installation instructions

If you’re running a Linux operating system that isn’t Ubuntu or another mainstream distribution, there is good news: you’ll still be able to run the Olive video editor as it is available in Flathub as a Flatpak app.

To get the Olive video editor working as a Flatpak,  enable the Flatpak runtime by following this guide on the subject. Then, once the runtime is up and running, use the flatpak remote command to subscribe to the Flathub app store.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Once your Linux PC has access to the Flathub Flatpak store, you’ll be able to install the Olive video editor to your Linux computer by running the flatpak install command below.

flatpak install flathub org.olivevideoeditor.Olive

AppImage installation instructions

Another way to install the Olive video editor is with AppImage, an innovative technology that treats Linux apps like EXE files. To get your hands on the AppImage version of Olive, do the following.

First, launch a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, use the wget downloader tool to grab the latest AppImage file.

wget https://github.com/olive-editor/olive/releases/download/0.1.0/Olive-1e3cf53-x86_64.AppImage

Once the AppImage file is done downloading, update the file’s permissions with the chmod command.

chmod +x Olive-1e3cf53-x86_64.AppImage

Make a new folder called “AppImages” and move the Olive AppImage file into it.

mkdir -p ~/AppImages
mv Olive-1e3cf53-x86_64.AppImage ~/AppImages/

Finally, start the app with:


1 Comment

  1. The ppa package for olive-editor for ubuntu 20.04 does not appear to exist:

    After apt-add-repository I get
    Err:8 http://ppa.launchpad.net/olive-editor/olive-editor/ubuntu focal Release
    404 Not Found [IP: 80]
    with apt update.

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