Welcome to the wild and wacky world of Davinci Resolve on Linux! This guide will walk you through setting a up a Resolve workstation with a discrete or integrated AMD GPU.

Have questions about your setup? Ask in our forums.

0. Download and install Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS. This is a workstation, so we’re going to pick the lesser of three evils.

1. Download the Radeon™ Software for Linux® version 22.40 debian package for Ubuntu 22.04.1.

2. Install the AMD Radeon debian package.

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

3. Update the system repositories.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

4. Install the AMD Radeon drivers and OpenCL

amdgpu-install --vulkan=pro --opencl=rocr,legacy

5. Disable Wayland by changing #WaylandEnable=false to WaylandEnable=false

sudo nano /etc/gdm3/custom.conf

6. Reboot the system

sudo reboot now

7. Add user to the video and render groups.

sudo usermod -a -G video yourusername
sudo usermod -a -G render yourusername

8. Instal Davinci Resolve dependencies

sudo apt install libfuse2 libapr1 libaprutil1 libxcb-composite0 libxcb-cursor0 libxcb-damage0 libxcb-xinerama0 libxcb-xinput0 ocl-icd-libopencl1

9. Download and extract the Davinci Resolve archive

unzip *.zip

10. Run the Davinci Resolve installer


11. Pick a fight with the black box of nothingness. Legend has it this box exists only to be force-closed.

cd /opt/resolve/bin/ ./resolve

12. Launch Davinci Resolve and confirm that it’s using OpenCL

Davinci Resolve > System > Memory and GPU

13. Davinci Resolve limitations and quirks on Linux.

  • No VST plugin support on Linux because Blackmagic can’t be arsed.
  • ALSA is the only available audio backend.
  • YouTube account integration does not work in Linux.
  • No AAC audio import or export because reasons.
  • The free version of Davinci Resolve does not import mp4 video or mp3 audio.

Have questions about your setup? Ask in our forums.


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