Install Lightworks Video Editor on Ubuntu / Linux Mint / Debian

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Lightworks is a free powerful Video editing tool that runs on Windows, Linux and macOS. This application is truly free but mastering it can prove to be complex. In this guide, I’ll show you the steps to download and install  Lightworks Video Editor on Ubuntu / Debian / Linux Mint.

Lightworks has wide native format support available in any professional NLE. MXF, Quicktime and AVI containers, with almost every format you can think of importing natively without the need for transcoding, from ProRes, Avid DNxHD, AVC-Intra, DVCPRO HD, RED R3D, DPX, AVCHD (with AC3 audio), H.264, XDCAM EX / HD 422, all on the same timeline in real-time.

Step 1: Download Lightworks Video Editor on Ubuntu / Linux Mint / Debian

Check for the latest release of Lightworks from the official Lightworks website.

sudo apt update && sudo apt install wget

If you want to test latest features, download beta release.

Step 2: Install Lightworks Video Editor on Ubuntu / Linux Mint / Debian

Once the package is downloaded, install it using the command:

sudo apt install -f ./lightworks_2022.1.1_r132185.deb

Accept installation together with all the dependencies:

The following NEW packages will be installed:
  adwaita-icon-theme at-spi2-core fontconfig fontconfig-config fonts-dejavu-core freeglut3 gtk-update-icon-cache hicolor-icon-theme humanity-icon-theme libatk-bridge2.0-0 libatk1.0-0
  libatk1.0-data libatspi2.0-0 libavahi-client3 libavahi-common-data libavahi-common3 libc++1 libc++1-10 libc++abi1-10 libcairo-gobject2 libcairo2 libcg libcggl libcolord2 libcups2 libdatrie1
  libdrm-amdgpu1 libdrm-intel1 libdrm-nouveau2 libdrm-radeon1 libepoxy0 libfontconfig1 libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0 libgdk-pixbuf2.0-bin libgdk-pixbuf2.0-common libgl1 libgl1-mesa-dri libgl1-mesa-glx
  libglapi-mesa libglu1-mesa libglvnd0 libglx-mesa0 libglx0 libgraphite2-3 libgtk-3-0 libgtk-3-bin libgtk-3-common libharfbuzz0b libjbig0 libjpeg-turbo8 libjpeg8 liblcms2-2 libllvm12
  libpango-1.0-0 libpangocairo-1.0-0 libpangoft2-1.0-0 libpciaccess0 libpixman-1-0 librest-0.7-0 librsvg2-2 librsvg2-common libsensors-config libsensors5 libsoup-gnome2.4-1 libthai-data libthai0
  libtiff5 libvulkan1 libwayland-client0 libwayland-cursor0 libwayland-egl1 libwebp6 libx11-xcb1 libxcb-dri2-0 libxcb-dri3-0 libxcb-glx0 libxcb-present0 libxcb-randr0 libxcb-render0 libxcb-shm0
  libxcb-sync1 libxcb-xfixes0 libxcomposite1 libxcursor1 libxdamage1 libxfixes3 libxi6 libxinerama1 libxkbcommon0 libxrandr2 libxrender1 libxshmfence1 libxtst6 libxxf86vm1 lightworks
  mesa-vulkan-drivers nvidia-cg-dev nvidia-cg-toolkit ubuntu-mono x11-common
0 upgraded, 100 newly installed, 0 to remove and 92 not upgraded.
Need to get 54.5 MB/121 MB of archives.
After this operation, 908 MB of additional disk space will be used.
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Step 3: Launch and use Lightworks Video Editor on Ubuntu / Linux Mint / Debian

A successful installation should have output similar to above. You can launch  Lightworks from the terminal or using your Desktop Application search menu.

$ lightworks

From the App Search, type “lightworks”. On initial application start, you’ll be asked to create a project.


Provide a project name, choose Framerate and optionally add Project notes.


That’s all. Enjoying using Lightworks for your Projects. You can watch Video Tutorials if you’re just getting started.


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