Installation

Visit the download page of the Kdenlive Web site for up to date information on installing Kdenlive.

Minimum system requirements

Operating system: 64-bit Windows 7 or newer, Apple macOS 10.13.6 (High Sierra) or newer, 64-bit Linux. Details see below.

CPU: x86 Intel or AMD; at least one 2 GHz core for SD-Video, 4 cores for HD-Video, and 8 cores for 4K-Video. Details see below.

GPU: OpenGL 2.0 that works correctly and is compatible. On Windows, you can also use a card with good, compatible DirectX 9 or 11 drivers.

RAM: At least 4 GB for SD-Video, 8 GB for HD-Video, and 16 GB for 4K-Video.

Bemerkung

If your computer is at the lower end of CPU and RAM requirements, you should use both the Preview Resolution and Proxy features to help reduce preview lag.

Non-KDE Desktops

Kdenlive can be installed on non-KDE Desktops without any issues.

Kdenlive on Windows

Kdenlive runs only on 64bit version of Windows. Kdenlive runs on Windows 7 and newer. We cannot guarantee that Kdenlive runs on server or embedded Windows version.

Kdenlive is available as an install and as a standalone version.

  • Install version: Needs administrator rights and gets installed on your local machine. It’s also listed as a program.

    • It’s available for all users on your computer.

    • The Kdenlive files are always located in the same folder.

  • Standalone version: Doesn’t need administrator rights and isn’t installed. It’s not listed as a program. Is only accessible for the user who has downloaded the file.

    • If you work with a normal user on your computer, you can use Kdenlive.

    • You can copy the Kdenlive folder on any external drive and run it on a different computer without installing it. However, your personal settings and downloads within Kdenlive are related to the computer you work on.

Double click the downloaded file.

Kdenlive_Zip-self-extracting_archive

Point to the folder you like to store the Kdenlive folder

Kdenive_bin-folder

To start Kdenlive navigate to the bin folder and double click Kdenlive

Kdenlive in a Windows domain

If you want to use Kdenlive with domain users with using Windows Active Directory and/or Group Policies (GPOs) make sure all users have read/write rights to the following folders:

%AppData%\kdenlive

%LocalAppData%\kdenlive

%LocalAppData%\kdenliverc

%LocalAppData%\kdenlive-layoutsrc

%LocalAppData%\kxmlgui5\kdenlivekdenliveui.rc

%AppData%\kdenlive\.backup

%LocalAppData%\knewstuff3

Do also make sure no GPO is blocking the access to these folders.

Kdenlive on macOS

Kdenlive runs with Intel based Mac’s on macOS 10.14 (Mojave) and newer (available on the download page).

Neu in Version 22.04.0.

Kdenlive is running with Intel based Mac’s not older than 10.13.6 (High Sierra) and on M1.

Install procedure

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Choose the option Open with DiskImageMounter (Default).

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When the dmg file is downloaded, the DiskImageMounter will open. Drag the Kdenlive Logo into the Applications Folder.

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The files get copied.

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MacOS will try to check the files for malware.

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The message “kdenlive“ cannot be opened, because Apple cannot search for malware in it will appear. Here you have to click Show in Finder.

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The Finder opens. Now right click on Kdenlive and choose Open.

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The message that Apple can’t search for malware will appear again. Just click on Open and Kdenlive will open up.

Configuration Information

Kdenlive’s application-wide persistent settings are stored in the following locations, depending on your platform.

Linux

Windows

macOS

Description

~/.config/kdenliverc

%LocalAppData%\kdenliverc

General settings of the application. Delete this and restart Kdenlive to reset the application to „factory“ settings

~/.config/kdenlive-appimagerc

Linux AppImage only: contains the general settings of the application

~/.config/session/kdenlive_*

temporary session info

~/.cache/kdenlive

%LocalAppData%\kdenlive

cache location storing audio and video thumbnails, and proxy clips, user defined titles, LUTS, lumas, shortcuts

~/.local/share/kdenlive

%AppData%\kdenlive

contains downloaded: effects, export, library, opencvmodels, profiles, speech models, and titles

~/.local/share/kdenlive/lumas

%LocalAppData%\kdenlive\lumas

lumas folder inside here contains the files used for Composition - Wipe

~/.local/share/kdenlive/.backup

%AppData%\kdenlive\.backup

Auto Save Recovery files

~/.config/kdenlive-layoutsrc

%LocalAppData%\kdenlive-layoutsrc

contains the layout settings

~/.local/share/kxmlgui5/kdenlive/kdenliveui.rc

%LocalAppData%\kxmlgui5kdenlive\kdenliveui.rc

contains UI configuration, if your UI is broken, delete this file

~/.local/share/knewstuff3

%LocalAppData%\knewstuff3

contains LUT definition

Windows

To reach above folders: windows + r then copy above path into the window.