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How to Download and Install Davinci Resolve on Linux Easily

Nov 18, 2020• Proven solutions

A professional video editing software, Davinci Resolve, is used for video effects, motion graphics, and color correction. Earlier, it was quite difficult to install Davinci Resolve on Linux PC.

Linux is a lightweight operating system. Many people want to use Davinci Resolve on Linux, but it might run into some problems while installing Davinci Resolve Linux.

In this article, we will let you know how to download and install Davinci Resolve on Linux.

Part 1: Minimum System Requirements for Linux

What are the minimum system requirements for Linux? The minimum requirement includes CentOS 6.4. It officially supports Cent 6.4 version operating software.

The system also needs Blackmagic designed video version desktop 10.4.1 or later, and 32 GB system memory.

The minimum memory supported is 16 GB. As per GPU, Linux System also requires NVIDIA/AMD Driver version graphics cards supporting CUDA 3.0, RED Rocket-X Driver, and Firmware or later, and RED Rocket Driver and Firmware or later.

Part 2: How to Download and Install Davinci Resolve on Linux

If you want to download and install powerful video postproduction software Davinci Resolve 16.1 on Linux, follow the instruction below –

Step 1: Install libssl1.0.0, ocl-icd-opencl-dev that are needed for running the software and then, fakeroot for generating the deb: from terminal - sudo apt install libssl1.0.0 ocl-icd-opencl-dev fakeroot xorriso

Some users pointed that the xorriso dependency should be added to generate the package.

Step 2: Download the most recent version of DaVinci Resolve 16 or 16.1 for Linux. Once downloaded, extract all files in your home folder and scroll down to the end of the page to find the download button.

download Davinci Resolve on Linux

Step 3: Download the MakeResolveDeb script. Once done, you can extract it on the same home folder as you did for the DaVinci Resolve 16 or 16.1.

You must always ensure that the version for both DaVinci Resolve and the MakeResolveDeb script is exactly the same. Also, make sure that the .sh files for the MakeResolveDeb and the Davinci Resolve are in the same folder.

Step 4: The MakeResolveDeb script should be run first, if you wish to create 16.1 deb package or DaVinci Resolve 16. If you are sure that both Davinci Resolve and MakeResolveDeb are in the same home folder, the deb package can be created using the commands-

cd ~/DaVinci_Resolve*_Linux

./makeresolvedeb*.sh lite

There are two commands. The first one navigates to the DaVinci Resolve folder, and the second command generates the deb package by running the script.

The star* in the command explains that the version might change and the lite in the command is for regular, free DaVinci Resolve 16.1 or 16. Instead of free version, you must extract the paid Studio version, if you wish to generate a DEB package. The Davinci Resolve DEB package is created as the script starts.

While creating DaVinci Resolve DEB package, you might come across some errors. The rm cannot remove some files in the unpack-DaVinci_Resolve directory.

The DEB creation is not affected by this, and in fact, the DEB is properly created. The problem occurs as the script cannot remove some files where it unpacks DaVinci Resolve. There are permission issues, so, you must ignore the error, and use sudo/root privileges later to remove the folder where DaVinci Resolve was unpacked.

Step 5: Install the DaVinci Resolve 16 or 16.1 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

Part 3: Davinci Resolve Linux Vs Windows

1. You Need to Learn Linux First

It is essential to learn Linux, if you have not used it before. Use your entire energy Googling and banging your head to get into the roots of Linux and learn the various aspects of it.

Even simple installation of the Davinci Resolve 16 software, need you to use the terminal very similar to the command line of Windows and the random string of characters command.

Linux commands

Ensure that the drivers are installed properly. If you do not install it properly, several problems may crop up. The problems can be as serious as the OS not booting even after running updates for the software.

The open nature of Linux is the best thing because it means you can fix almost everything. Consider Linux, if your IT staff or you have extensive experience with it.

2. Some Functions Are Limited in Davinci Resolve

You cannot use the audio built or external DAC even if you want to.

Presently, with the help of Intensity card or Blackmagic DeckLink, the DaVinci Resolve can output audio in Linux. Through SDI or HDMI, the audio is sent but you need a grading monitor for supporting audio output.

You may use a headset or speaker as the audio output is in the form of audio jack rather than using any in-built monitor. Even while using the DeckLink 4K Studio, audio issues crop up in Resolve.

DeckLink 4K Studio device

In the Edit tab, the audio might seem perfectly fine, but when you use it in the Color tab, the audio is static and garbled.

So, if it is about audio, do not rely on Linux. It is not the right operating software for your project.


Try to obtain more and more information about Linux before using it. We have tried to share a fair amount of information about Linux so that you can read and work accordingly. Without prior knowledge about Linux, you must not try to use it. Thoroughly study the nuances of the DaVinci Resolve on Linux and then download it to meet your needs.

Benjamin Arango
Benjamin Arango is a writer and a lover of all things video.