System Requirements

Video editing quality often relies on the capabilities of up-to-date, multi-core CPUs that boast high GHz clock speeds, substantial memory, and rapid internal storage devices. For optimal video editing, aim for the highest-performing computer within your budget. Most computers custom-made or manufactured post-2017 with an Intel® x86_64 compatible processor satisfy OpenShot's requirements.

The following are the least required system specifications for all supported operating systems.

Minimum Specifications

  • Operating System: 64-bit Operating System (Includes Windows 8/8.1/10/11, macOS 10.15+, the majority of Linux distributions, and ChromeOS 83 or later)
  • Central Processor: 64-bit x86_64 compatible Multi-core processor (Intel® required for some downloadable 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: Minimum 1GB of storage space for installation & usage
  • Optional: Solid State Device internal storage unit (PCIe NVMe recommended)
  • Optional: If disk caching is in use, allocate 100GB of internal storage space 
  • Optional: ≥500GB available storage space for media recommended
  • Optional: External storage devices (USB 3.1 or USB 4/Thunderbolt 3 or Thunderbolt 4 ports and devices recommended)
  • Note: OpenShot offers downloadable binaries exclusively for Intel® x86_64 compatible processors. AMD x86_64 processors support OpenShot in Windows and Linux. For running OpenShot on AMD and ARM processors in Windows, macOS, Linux, and ChromeOS, download and compile the source code on your device.
  • Note: Hardware Acceleration in OpenShot is currently in the experimental stage. NVIDIA NVENC acceleration is only accessible in Linux operating systems. OpenShot version 2.6.0 and later incorporate Intel® Quick Sync Video encoding in Windows operating systems. If your CPU supports Intel® QSV encoding, activate the encoder by selecting the suitable Target in OpenShot's Export Video window.