Older instructions (deprecated)
These older instructions are kept for reference, but are outdated. Unless you specifically need to compile the old KDE3 version of Kdenlive, you should not use these instructions, but the instructions above.
In order to use Kdenlive your system must have some other installed software in which Kdenlive depends:
- DVD creation needs dvdauthor
- DVD burning needs K3B
- DVD preview needs Xine
- Firewire capture needs DVgrab >= 2.0 and FFMpeg
In most cases, the installer will install the needed software automatically. If any of these are missing, Kdenlive will warn you. Just close Kdenlive, install the missing software and restart Kdenlive.
Ark Linux includes kdenlive and all it needs. Just run
apt-get install kdenlive
Or select kdenlive in Mission Control -> Install Software.
Debian binary packages are provided by Christian Marillat.
Add the following line to your /etc/apt/sources.list file:
For Unstable version:
deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org sid main
For Stable version:
deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org etch main
For Testing (currently Lenny):
deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org testing main
If you haven't done so yet, import Marillat's key:
gpg --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --recv-keys 1F41B907 gpg --armor --export 1F41B907 > key.asc sudo apt-key add key.asc
Then, simply type
sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get install kdenlive
Debian installer will automatically install kdenlive 0.5 and the requested libraries. Currently this method doesn't work due to uninstallable dependencies (kdebase-runtime and kdelibs5 >= 4:4.1.0)
If you need Kdenlive 0.6 svn, please read the source section below.
Fedora (and RedHat)
RPMs for Fedora Core 6 can be downloaded from this page: kdenlive and mlt for Fedora Core 6. Unfortunately it's my very first packaging effort, so use them with caution.
For Fedora 7, use this source: kdenlive and mlt for Fedora 7
Install the above dependencies using yum or apt:
yum install ffmpeg xine dvdauthor dvgrab kdebase
After downloading RPMs, we suppose RPMs to be in /tmp, install with:
cd /tmp rpm -Uvh kdenlive*.rpm mlt*.rpm
...Anyway, you may try to install the Mandriva RPM indicated below...
Gentoo users can simply install kdenlive using portage. 0.4 is available in portage since april 2007, 0.5 will come out soon. An unofficial SVN version is available as well, see below.
First, if you haven't synced your portage tree for a long time, do
Then, since some dependencies (and kdenlive itself) are masked with the "testing"-keyword,
nano -w /etc/portage/package.keywords
and add the following lines (adjust to your architecture):
media-libs/mlt ~x86 media-libs/mlt++ ~x86 media-video/dvgrab ~x86 media-video/kdenlive ~x86
Now you can simply
emerge -av kdenlive
This will currently install 0.4. If you want to install the 0.5 version, you may either install from sources (which is quite straitforward) or get an unofficial ebuild from here, directly from the Gentoo bugzilla.
kdenlive SVN version
On November 24th, always in the Gentoo bugzilla, has been posted a kdenlive-svn ebuild. This ebuild is not officially supported and it may work or not. If you want to give it a try, you can get it here. You may read http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Installing_3rd_Party_Ebuilds for more details on installing 3rd party ebuilds.
You can install kdenlive 0.5 (i686/MMX) in Mandriva 2007 installing the following 4 packages backported from cooker :
Starting from Mandriva 2008.0, kdenlive 0.5 (i586/no MMX) is available directly in the distro, and can be installed using the control center. A slightly better version, correcting a bug with slideshows without luma transitions, and using MMX, is avaliable :
The source RPMS are there :
Using the media 'Backports' you can get an unstable version : Kdenlive 0.6 CVS. Be carefull, you should not use this version to daily work!
Pardus PiSi package of Kdenlive 0.5 is ready to install via Package Manager. You can type "kdenlive "in the search bar and click install button or you can install it from console.
sudo pisi it kdenlive
If you want, you can compile Kdenlive from the svn repository, too.
sudo pisi it kdenlive*.pisi
Slackware packages for KDEnlive and all required libraries are available at the slacky.eu repositories  in the /multimedia and /libraries directories.
Suse packages for MLT 0.2.4 and Kdenlive 0.5 are available from the packman project:
An installation guide (in French) exists on ubuntu-fr documentation site. Ubuntu Edgy Eft 6.10 users may download deb files with gpg signatures (key available from Kdenlive web site) compressed into one zip file at  or .
An APT repository containing svn builds of kdenlive is available at Treviño's 3v1n0 Repository. Note that Treviño's unofficial package has been reported to cause problems under Gutsy (Ubuntu 7.10) when trying to remove it, so you might have problems with it under 7.04, too.
Note: If you install Treviño's build you will get an error on first startup "Cannot find your MLT installation, please give the path". Accept the displayed path of /usr and the kdnelive will start up. (Why complain "cannot find" while displaying the proper path?)
AMD64 packages are available from the uPure64 Repository.
In Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) and later kdenlive 0.5 is part of the Universe repository and may be installed via (e.g.) synaptic.