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How to Install Shotcut on Chromebook

Shotcut is a powerful and versatile video editing software that is available for Linux, Windows, and Mac. Although it is not officially supported on Chromebook, it is possible to install and run Shotcut on a Chromebook using the Linux Development Environment.

No doubt; that there are lots of video editors out there on the Google Play Store. But if you want full desktop video editing software on your Chromebook, you can install Shotcut Video Editor. Here’s a complete guide on how to install Shotcut on Chromebook.

How to Install Shotcut on Chromebook

To install; a desktop application like GIMP, LibreOffice, Audacity, Shotcut, and more on Chromebook. Firstly, you have to enable the Linux development environment on your Chromebook.

For that, you have to install Linux. We already have a detailed guide on; how to install Linux on Chromebook. You can follow the linked guide.

After that, you can follow the below steps to install the Shotcut video editor:

Step 1: Open the “App Drawer” and look for the Linux apps folder. Then open the “Terminal” to install Linux apps on your Chromebook.

Accessing Terminal from the Linux Apps Folder on Chromebook

Step 2: If you did not get the terminal command, click on the penguin option. Now, it should open the terminal. Here you need to run a few terminal commands.

Highlighted Penguiun Option on the Linux Terminal

Step 3: You have to install the flatpak package manager, to install the Shotcut video editor on your Chromebook. To install it, run the following terminal command:

sudo apt-get install flatpak
Running sudo apt-get install flatpak on the Linux Terminal on Chromebook

Step 4: Once, the flatpak package manager is installed on your device. Run the following terminal command:

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
Flatpak Installation Command on Terminal

Step 5: After that, run the below command to install Shotcut.

sudo flatpak install flatpak org.shotcut.shotcut

After that, you will get a question; “Use this ref? [Y/n]: ”. Here, press the Y key on your keyboard to continue the installation process.

Terminal Command to Install Shotcut Linux App on Chromebook

Step 6: Now, wait for the installation process to complete; until you get this screen, as shown in the below screenshot. After that, you are ready to use the Shotcut video editor on your Chromebook.

Linux Terminal

Step 7: To open Shotcut, click on the “App Launcher” icon and look for the Linux apps folder. Then click on the Shotcut icon to open it.

App Launcher with Highlighted ShotCut APP

Note:- Running Shotcut on Chromebook may require more system resources such as memory and storage and may also have performance limitations. 


That’s it; this is how you can install Shotcut on Chromebook. If you don’t want to use the Linux terminal to install the Linux application, you can install Snap Store and Flatpak. They are similar to the Google Play Store, used to install Linux applications. You also can check out our Chromebook troubleshooting guide if you are new to Chromebook and Chrome OS.

I hope this Chromebook guide was helpful to you. If you liked the article, share it with your friends. If you have some suggestions or doubts, do not hesitate to leave them in the comments section. We are always there to assist you.

Ajoy Kumar
Ajoy Kumarhttps://thechromeguide.com
I love using Chromebook. So, I created TheChromeGuide.com to share my knowledge of ChromeOS, Chrome and Chromecast.
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