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kdenlive - Man Page

An open source non-linear video editor.

Examples (TL;DR)


kdenlive [Qt-options] [KDE-options] [options] [file]


Kdenlive is an open source non-linear video editor which supports a large number of formats for editing. It relies on several other open source projects, such as FFmpeg and MLT video framework.




Document to open


--mlt-path <path>

Set the path for MLT environment

--mlt-log <verbose/debug>

Set MLT log level

Generic options


Show help about options


Show Qt specific options


Show KDE specific options


Show all options


Show author information

-v,  --version

Show version information


Show license information


End of options

KDE options

--qwindowtitle <caption>

Use 'caption' as name in the titlebar

--icon <icon>

Use 'icon' as the application icon

--config <filename>

Use alternative configuration file


Disable crash handler, to get core dumps


Waits for a WM_NET compatible windowmanager

--style <style>

sets the application GUI style

--geometry <geometry>

sets the client geometry of the main widget - see man X for the argument format

Qt options

--display <displayname>

Use the X-server display 'displayname'

--session <sessionId>

Restore the application for the given 'sessionId'


Causes the application to install a private color map on an 8-bit display

--ncols <count>

Limits the number of colors allocated in the color cube on an 8-bit display, if the application is using the QApplication::ManyColor color specification


tells Qt to never grab the mouse or the keyboard


running under a debugger can cause an implicit -nograb, use -dograb to override


switches to synchronous mode for debugging

--fn,  --font <fontname>

defines the application font

--bg,  --background <color>

sets the default background color and an application palette (light and dark shades are calculated)

--fg,  --foreground <color>

sets the default foreground color

--btn,  --button <color>

sets the default button color

--name <name>

sets the application name

--title <title>

sets the application title (caption)

--visual TrueColor

forces the application to use a TrueColor visual on an 8-bit display

--inputstyle <inputstyle>

sets XIM (X Input Method) input style. Possible values are onthespot, overthespot, offthespot and root

--im <XIM server>

set XIM server


disable XIM


mirrors the whole layout of widgets


<file.qss>   applies the Qt stylesheet to the application widgets



If $KDENLIVE_RENDER_LOG is set, a log will be written to /tmp/kdenlive_render.log.XXXXXXXX, that contains information about the result of calling melt, ffmpeg, etc. This can be used for debugging.

See Also

kdenlive_render(1). Please see the homepage at https://www.kdenlive.org/


Jean-Baptiste Mardelle <jb@kdenlive.org>


Aug 2018 KDE An open source video editor.