How to install Lightworks on Ubuntu

How to install Lightworks on Ubuntu

Lightworks is a non-linear video editing mastering application (NLE) for Windows, Linux, and macOS. Installing it on Ubuntu is simple because of the availability of the deb package.

Although Linux might not get an original installer from video editing software like Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro, that doesn’t mean there are no industry-standard tools available. There are many other better programs such as DaVinci Resolve and Lightworks. We previously did a tutorial on how to install Davinci Resolve on Ubuntu, which is also a powerful visual editing application and an industry standard visual editing tool that you might be looking for.

In this article, we will show you about Lightworks and its installation on Ubuntu. Recently, Light Works 2020.1 revision 122068 was released. We will see the new features.

Light Work Features

Lightworks is a powerful non-linear editing (NLE) video editing application for Windows, Linux, and macOS. It is available in Free and Premium versions, with the latter having more amazing features and tools.

Some features that you expect to be found in the free version include; Real time effects, second screen output (monitor), ability to import various video extension files, and export to Vimeo and Youtube up to 720 HD video quality.

New in Lightworks Version 2020.1 revision 122068

The recent release of Lightworks Version 2020.1 comes with more amazing features to give you a platform where you can create great multi-media content. Some of the interesting features available in this latest release include:

  • Ability to import and decode HEVC / H.265 media in original
  • Additional features to recognize the cell phone movie being played and play it in the right direction automatically.
  • Additional “libraries” for managing your media content
  • Includes decode support for HEVC / H.265 records
  • Additional support for the latest Ubuntu release
  • That includes the capacity for lasso parts on time
  • Users can now import audio files to the project
  • New feature for managing images used in a project

You can see more of these features and the changes that accompany this new release on the official Lightworks forum page. Lightworks has been used in the production of Films and TV Series such as; Pulp Fiction (1994), The Cure (1995), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Centurion (2010), and many more.

Install Lightworks on Ubuntu

The following is a step-by-step guide for installing and uninstalling Lightworks on Ubuntu. Our preferred version is the latest release of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

Step 1. Launch your favorite browser and the Lightworks download page. Select the “Lightworks for Linux” option. You will see two settings packages, as shown below. ‘. Deb ‘and’. Rpm. ‘


Step 2. Click the “.deb” package to download. The “.rpm” package is for distributions such as openSUSE, Fedora, and CentOS.


Step 3. Navigate to the directory where you downloaded the setup file. In our case, this is in the download folder.
We will show you two methods that you can use to install ‘. Deb.’ To file.

Install Lightworks using the Ubuntu Software

  1.  Right-click on the setup file and select “Open with Software Install.”3
  2. The Ubuntu Software window will open. Click on the install button, as shown below.4
  3. The installation process will begin immediately. You can monitor progress in the percentage bar, as shown below.5
  4. After the installation is complete, you will see a “Delete” button. You can now launch Lightworks from the application menu.6

Install the DEB package through the Terminal

For those who like to do all the installations through Terminal, here is your guide.

1. Using Terminal, navigate to the directory where you have downloaded the settings package.

cd Downloads

2. To configure your settings file for installation, run the command below.

sudo dpkg -i [file-name]
sudo dpkg -i lightworks-2020.1-r122068-amd64.deb


Note, you need sudo rights to perform this action.
3. When finished, run the command below to install Lightworks.

sudo apt install -f


If you are using an older Ubuntu release, you might consider using ‘apt-get instead of apt.’ That is all! You can now launch Lightworks from the application menu, as shown in the image below.


Uninstalling Lightworks on Ubuntu

Uninstalling Lightworks on Ubuntu is an easy process. Follow the steps below.
Step 1. Launch Terminal. You can use keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl + Alt + F2).

Step 2. Run the command below.

sudo apt remove lightworks



That’s all about LightWorks and its installation on your Ubuntu PC. You can now enjoy creating amazing multi-media content using Lightworks.

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