OpenShot Video Editor is a free, open-source software winning acclaim for its wide range of capabilities. Available on platforms such as Windows, macOS, most Linux distributions, and ChromeOS, OpenShot enables you to create beautiful videos, films, and animations with a user-friendly interface packed with powerful features.


OpenShot offers a multitude of features that empower its users:

  • It's free and open-source, licensed under GPLv3
  • Available for various uses, including personal, commercial, educational, governmental, and religious applications
  • No time limits, no size limits, and no watermarks on your finished videos
  • Compatible with multiple platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, and ChromeOS
  • A beginner-friendly interface with a built-in tutorial
  • Support for various video, audio, and image formats, utilizing FFmpeg
  • Over 700+ popular video profiles and presets, including 4K, 5K, 8K, and 16K
  • Advanced timeline functionalities: drag and drop, scrolling, panning, zooming, and snapping
  • Advanced video clips features: trimming, alpha, scaling, location, rotation, and shearing
  • Real-time preview optimized for performance
  • Ability to switch between simple & advanced views or customize to your preference
  • Keyframe animations powered by a robust curve-based system
  • Video compositing, image overlays, watermarks, and transparency
  • Unlimited tracks/layers for complex projects
  • Video transitions, masks, and wipes
  • Variety of video and audio effects
  • Supports image sequences and 2D animations
  • Integration with Blender for animated 3D title templates
  • Support for SVG vector files and editing
  • Audio mixing, waveform visualization, and editing
  • Emojis: open-source stickers & artwork included
  • Frame accuracy for precise editing
  • Time mapping and speed changes
  • Tools for creating credits and captions
  • Import and export functionalities, compatible with most video editors
  • Desktop integration allows drag and drop from file managers
  • Compatibility with OpenShot Cloud API for cloud-based automation
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts
  • Translations in 100+ languages
  • Experimental Advanced AI features: motion tracking, object detection, and stabilization effects
  • Experimental Hardware acceleration supporting various brands
  • Active community support

System Requirements

Quality video editing necessitates cutting-edge, multi-core CPUs with high GHz clock speeds, ample memory, and fast internal storage. Aim for a high-performing computer within your budget for optimal editing. The following are the minimum system requirements for all supported operating systems.

In general, custom-made or manufactured computers post-2017 with an Intel® x86_64 compatible processor will meet OpenShot's requirements.

Minimum Specifications:

  • Operating System: 64-bit Operating System (Includes Windows 8/8.1/10/11, macOS 10.15+, the majority of current Linux distributions, and ChromeOS 83 or later)
  • Central Processor: 64-bit x86_64 compatible Multi-core processor (Intel® 64 architecture required for some binaries)
    • At least two cores (6 cores recommended)
    • At least four threads (6 threads recommended)
    • At least 2.7 GHz turbo clock speed (3.4 GHz recommended)
  • System Memory: Minimum 4GB of RAM (16GB recommended)
  • Internal Storage: At least 1GB for installation and usage
  • Optional: SSD internal storage unit (PCIe NVMe recommended)
  • Optional: Allocate 100GB of internal storage space if using disk caching
  • Optional: Allocate 500GB or more available storage space for media


OpenShot Video Editor is free software available to redistribute and modify under the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation. Users can opt for version 3 of the License or any later version.

The distribution of OpenShot Video Editor is done with the hope that it will be helpful. However, it does not offer any warranty. There are no implied warranties, not even for merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Please refer to the GNU General Public License for further details.