How to install Kdenlive 23.08.4 on a Chromebook

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing Kdenlive 23.08.4 on your Chromebook. Kdenlive is a powerful, open-source video editing software that can significantly enhance your video production capabilities. Whether you're a content creator, a student working on a project, or just someone who enjoys editing videos, Kdenlive offers a robust set of tools to bring your ideas to life.


Before we begin, it's important to note that this tutorial is specifically for Chromebooks with an Intel or AMD CPU that support Linux Apps. Unfortunately, this method won't work on Chromebooks with an ARM64 architecture CPU. If you're unsure about your Chromebook's specifications, you can check our list of Chromebooks with Linux Apps (Crostini) support.

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide, you can follow along with our video tutorial above. The video provides a step-by-step walkthrough of the installation process, complementing the written instructions below.

Installation Steps

Here are the commands you'll need to run in your terminal to install Kdenlive 23.08.4:

1) sudo apt update
2) sudo apt install kmenuedit fuse libnss3
3) wget
4) chmod 755 kdenlive-23.08.4-x86_64-A.AppImage
5) ./kdenlive-23.08.4-x86_64-A.AppImage
6) kmenuedit

Let's break down what each of these commands does:

  1. Updates your package lists to ensure you're getting the latest versions of software.
  2. Installs necessary dependencies for Kdenlive, including kmenuedit (a menu editor), fuse (a filesystem in userspace), and libnss3 (a set of libraries for security).
  3. Downloads the Kdenlive AppImage file directly from the official KDE server.
  4. Changes the permissions of the AppImage file to make it executable.
  5. Runs the Kdenlive AppImage, launching the application.
  6. Opens the KDE menu editor, allowing you to add Kdenlive to your application menu for easy access in the future.

Additional Information

Kdenlive is part of the KDE project, a community that produces a wide range of free and open-source software. The name "Kdenlive" stands for "KDE Non-Linear Video Editor". It's designed to be intuitive for beginners while offering advanced features for more experienced users.

Some key features of Kdenlive include:

  • Multi-track video editing
  • A wide range of video effects and transitions
  • Support for various video and audio formats
  • Keyframe animation for dynamic effects
  • Audio mixing and effects

By installing Kdenlive on your Chromebook, you're opening up a world of video editing possibilities. Whether you're creating YouTube content, editing family videos, or working on school projects, Kdenlive provides the tools you need to bring your vision to life.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues during the installation process, here are a few things to try:

  • Ensure your Chromebook's Linux environment is up to date by running sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade before starting the installation process.
  • If you get a "command not found" error, make sure you've enabled Linux apps in your Chromebook's settings.
  • If the AppImage fails to run, try downloading it again as the file might have been corrupted during the initial download.


With Kdenlive installed on your Chromebook, you now have access to a powerful video editing suite. Take some time to explore its features and experiment with your projects. If you need more guidance, the official Kdenlive website offers extensive documentation and tutorials.

For more detailed information about the commands used in this tutorial, you can refer to our Google Doc.

If you're in the market for a new Chromebook or looking to upgrade, don't forget to check out our Chromebook comparison and Buyers Guide. It can help you find the perfect device for your needs, ensuring compatibility with Linux apps like Kdenlive.

Happy editing!