How to Install DaVinci Resolve 16.2 or 17 Beta in Ubuntu, Linux Mint or Debian (Generate DEB Package)

DaVinci Resolve is a professional video editing software that includes tools for editing, visual effects, animated graphics, color correction, and audio post production. The non-studio version is free to use on Linux, Windows, and Mac (but not free open source software).

Starting with DaVinci Resolve 15, this cross-platform professional video editor supports native audio support under Linux.

Update: The script to create a DEB package to easily install DaVinci Resolve in Ubuntu, Linux Mint, elementary OS, Pop! _OS, Debian, etc. has been updated to support the latest DaVinci Resolve 16.2 and 17 beta. This article was originally about DaVinci Resolve 15/15. *.

On Linux, DaVinci Resolve officially only supports CentOS and requires some adjustments to make it work on other Linux distributions. Some guides mention the use of some pretty much ugly hacks to get the application to work under Ubuntu / Debian / Linux Mint / Pop! _OS, modify the system libraries. In addition, the application cannot be removed properly even on CentOS.

To avoid these hacks and to make it easier to install on Debian-based Linux distributions, Daniel Tufvesson created a script, called MakeResolveDeb, which generates a deb package that you can use to install or remove DaVinci Resolve 16.2 like any other deb package. Instead of messing around with system libraries, this script creates symbolic links in the application’s installation folder to the libraries required to run DaVinci Resolve (/opt/resolve).

Obviously, running scripts found online is not a good idea, so be sure to check the script code before running it!

Before attempting to install DaVinci Resolve 16.2 free professional video editing software in Debian, Ubuntu / Linux Mint / Pop! _OS, please read the following notices / known issues:

  • DaVinci Resolve 16.2 / 17 Beta requires an up-to-date, high-performance Nvidia graphics card which supports CUDA 3.0; There have been reports that AMD graphics might work now, but I can’t try this out myself as I don’t have AMD graphics.
  • Proprietary Nvidia graphics drivers are required (latest version – try to install the latest drivers if possible, especially if you are using the latest version of DaVinci Resolve)
  • h26x is not supported in the free Linux version (here is a guide for transcoding videos on Linux for use with DaVinci Resolve with ffmpeg). This is not the case with Windows and Mac.
  • At least in Ubuntu, the application has no window borders. To move the DaVinci Resolve 16.2 / 17 beta window while it is not in full screen mode, you must use the Alt (or Super) and drag the window with the left mouse button pressed. You can also move the window with Alt + F7 or change the size of the window with Alt + middle click.
  • The MakeResolveDeb script does not contain the required dependencies in the generated deb package, so the first step below is to install missing dependencies.

Install DaVinci Resolve 17 Beta or 16.2 professional video editing software in Ubuntu / Debian / Linux Mint / Pop! _OS

The following instructions for installing the powerful video post production software DaVinci Resolve 17 Beta or 16.2 have been tested on Ubuntu 18.04 (based on the Linux Mint 19. *) and Ubuntu 20.10.

1. The first thing you need to do is install it libssl1.0.0, ocl-icd-opencl-dev and fakeroot (the first two packages are required to run DaVinci Resolve and the last package to generate the deb):

sudo apt install libssl1.1 ocl-icd-opencl-dev fakeroot xorriso

Update: I have the. added xorriso Dependency as some users indicated that it is required to generate the package.

2. Download the latest DaVinci Resolve 16.2 or 17 Beta for Linux and extract it to your home folder (scroll to the bottom of the page for the download button).

3. Download The MakeResolveDeb script and extract it to the same folder where you extracted DaVinci Resolve.

Make sure the DaVinci Resolve and MakeResolveDeb scripts (the extracted .sh files) are in the same folder (the DaVinci_Resolve execution file and the makeresolvedeb-sh file should be in the same folder).

4. Run the MakeResolveDeb script to create the DaVinci Resolve 16.2 or 17 beta DEB package.
To generate the DEB package you need to run the MakeResolveDeb script followed by the DaVinci Resolve Linux execution file that you extracted from the DaVinci Resolve zip archive.

Assuming you’ve extracted DaVinci Resolve to your home folder and put the MakeResolveDeb script in the same folder as DaVinci Resolve, you can create the deb using these commands:

cd ~/DaVinci_Resolve*_Linux
./makeresolvedeb*.sh DaVinci_Resolve_*

The first command navigates to the DaVinci Resolve folder and the second command runs the script that generates the deb package.

I use * in the commands as the version can change.

The script starts creating the DaVinci Resolve DEB package. Note that this may take a while depending on the hardware.

5. Now you can install the DaVinci Resolve 16.2 / 17 Beta DEB on Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Pop! _OS and other Debian / Ubuntu-based Linux distributions using Ubuntu Software, Gdebi or the command line:

sudo dpkg -i davinci-resolve*_amd64.deb

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