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Kdenlive 15.12's dark skin

Kdenlive is a feature-rich non-linear video editor:

  • Multi-track format allows interleaving of video and sound
  • Auto-save and undo support
  • Audio files, in multi-track, can be cut to tight synchronisation with your video
  • A wide range of effects and transitions are included and can be customized
  • Wide range of supported codecs for both input and output: DV (PAL/NTSC), MPEG2 (PAL/NTSC/HDV), Flash FLV, WMV, AVCHD (HDV), H.264, H.265, WebM (VP8, VP9), lossless ProRes, MP3, AC3, OGG Vorbis, FLAC and more
  • Can be seamlessly used with compositing editors such as natron or blender. Natron is a GPLv2 compositing editor for special effects in a similar vein as after effects and is an excellent sister project for kdenlive.


The Kdenlive project started in 2002 by Jason Wood.

The port to KDE4 started in 2008[1] by Jean-Baptiste Mardelle. This was an almost complete rewrite from the KDE3 version, that wasn't originally made to work with MLT. The KDE4 rewrite was finished in November 2008, with the release of Kdenlive 0.7[2]

During the Randa meeting in August 2014, Kdenlive developers discussed the possibility to make Kdenlive an official KDE project.[3].

In 2017, the development team of Kdenlive started a big refactoring of the timeline feature[4]. The refactoring moves the timeline feature to QML and allows better code maintainability. The refactoring ended in April 2019 with a sprint in Lyon[5].


Some screenshot

Learn Kdenlive with:

Getting involved

Get involved by contributing to this documentation, joining the community wiki and reporting issues.

Press coverage

Kdenlive has made appearances in the tech press:

  • 2009-10-15 Linux Journal wrote a comprehensive review, which ended with the verdict "There's a lot to like about Kdenlive, and I like it a lot. Its feature set is full enough to satisfy basic desktop video production needs, and its workflow is uncomplicated and easy to learn."


Kdenlive is available in multiple GNU/Linux distribution repositories, but also as Appimage, Flatpack and Snap. Kdenlive is also available for Windows and old version are also available for MacOS. For more information consult the Kdenlive download page.

Installation Instructions

If you need help to install Kdenlive, look at this tutorial about how to install KDE software.

You can also directly compile from source, in this case consult the developer wiki for Linux build and this blog post for Windows build.