LiVES - LiVES is a Video Editing System


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    Requirements to run LiVES

Windows and Mac (Intel) users

Windows and Mac (Intel) users can try out LiVES without installing anything, by downloading and burning a copy of >>AV Linux<<, either to DVD or bootable USB. Click on the link for more details of this great live distro !

* OSX users can also compile a native version of LiVES; see below for more details.

GNU/Linux, BSD and UNIX

OSX Leopard

LiVES will compile and run under OSX Leopard; you can follow the links here (English) or (Spanish) for more information; it would be great if somebody could create and send a simple installer package for OSX.

Software requirements (GNU/Linux)

For compilation from source, you will need:

Latest "stable" version (recommended for most users) : 2.8.9 for GNU/Linux and UNIX systems (released 15 Mar 2018)

Safe LiVES file

Download : Source

README - how to install

Changes - See CHANGELOG for more details.

Release Notes

A serious data corruption issue was discovered in LiVES version 2.8.8 (released 10 March 2018). This has now been fixed in version 2.8.9

In case any Sets were opened using version 2.8.8, you will need to follow the procedure outlined here to recover those Sets.
Open your lives project directory in a file browser. (Default is livesprojects in your home directory).
Inside this you will see the various set directories. If you reloaded a set with 2.8.8 it may be corrupted. So check each set directory that could be affected.
Let's say the set is called "foo". There will be a /foo directory in the lives projects directory. Click on the foo directory to open it.
Inside there will be a directory called "clips" and there may be some other directories with names like "clips12345678" or "clipsclips12345678".
what you need to do is select all the directories beginning with "clips..." but NOT the "clips" directory itself. Then cut these directories and paste them into the "clips" directory (the one without a number after it).
Having done this, navigate to the clips directory. There you should see all the subdirectories you just pasted with names like "clips12345678". The next step is to rename each of these subdirectories so that only the numeric part remains. So "clips12345678" would be renamed "12345678".
Finally, having done that return to the top directory for the set. In our example that would be "foo" in the lives projects directory. Here you should see a file called "order". You need to edit this. If there are entries in it like:
then edit this so it looks like:
Once you have edited all the lines, save the order file. You can now reload the clip set as normal.


LiVES 2.8.9: Signed sha1 and sha256 checksums.
LiVES 2.8.7: Signed sha1 and sha256 checksums.
LiVES 2.8.6: Signed sha1 and sha256 checksums.
LiVES 2.8.5: Signed sha1 and sha256 checksums.
LiVES 2.8.4: Signed sha1 and sha256 checksums.
LiVES 2.8.3: Signed sha1 and sha256 checksums.
LiVES 2.8.2: Signed sha1 and sha256 checksums.

See the contact page to verify the gpg fingerprint.

Frei0r Support

These releases contain (optional) support for Frei0r effects. You may wish to compile and install frei0r before compiling LiVES. Frei0r effects can be bound to keys in LiVES using the realtime effects window (ctrl-v).

For more information on frei0r, see:

Binaries (some versions may not be current)

Note: if you know of a version which is not listed here, please let me know so I can add it. Packagers: please contact me so that I can send you the release/compilation notes whenever a new version is ready.


LiVES is in the official debian repositories (unstable and testing), so:

aptitude install lives

should just work. Alternately you can use a graphical package manager like synaptic to download and install LiVES. Make sure to install any lives-plugin package in addition to lives.


For Ubuntu users you may install through the Ubuntu Software Center. There are also various PPAs available. Make sure to install the lives-plugins package also.

Ubuntu Studio

Use the Ubuntu PPA if possible.


Packages for openSUSE are available here.

Fedora Core / RPMFusion

LiVES page on RPMFusion
LiVES builds on RPMFusion.
Alternate Fedora/RPM Fusion packages are available here.


LiVES for Slackware (link appears to be broken...)


For Gentoo users, there are ebuilds for x86, ppc and amd64. Just type "emerge lives" (without the quotes).

Gentoo users - you MUST make sure that you have installed gtk+ and imageMagick with jpeg and png support !


LiVES is distributed in the Mageia core repositories.

Arch Linux

Packages can be obtained here

Custom Scripts for LiVES !

Once you have succesfully installed LiVES, you might want to customise it. LiVES uses scriptable plugins to create custom effects and tools. Add-ons can be downloaded/installed from here.


multi_encoder is now the recommended encoder for LiVES, it has its own requirements here.

To use all the other encoder plugins, you need:
These are all optional.

Work in progress...

Please see the code page for details of the development version.

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