Adobe After Effects Alternatives for Linux

    Adobe After Effects is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The most popular Linux alternative is Small Natron iconNatron, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Adobe After Effects and 11 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Adobe After Effects are Small Blender iconBlender (Free, Open Source), Small Blackmagic Design Fusion iconBlackmagic Design Fusion (Freemium), Small NUKE iconNUKE (Paid) and Small Snowmix iconSnowmix (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Apr 13, 2021

    • Natron is an open source, cross platform nodal compositing application. It is built around industry standard open source tech such as OpenFX, OpenEXR, OpenColorIO and OpenImageIO. View 18 alternatives to Natron
      Most users think Natron is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
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      Natron vs Adobe After Effects
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      fahadhasanpathik A Node based approach for not only vector and raster image processing and animation but also for OpenGL effects and shader authoring. Also supports OFX. Mainly targeted for VFX compositing.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

      Its simple (when you get the arrangement) but still very powerful, easily works with Blender and its free!!
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

      Awful documentation (blank page); The versions change so much that the old tutorials don't help at all; Difficult to learn by just messing around; High learning curve.
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

      gauthierhaas00 Bad support for zoom-in on SVG and fonts
      Negative comment 3 months ago

      Natron can import SVG image and edit node. However, Natron cannot export SVG file.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

      POX Free and open-source node based alternative to After Effects. It's pretty similar to Nuke, but doesn't cost anything.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      Rotchka22 Its hard to understand at first, but once you know what you're doing, every things is worth it
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    • Blender is the free and open-source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing, video editing, and motion tracking. View 141 alternatives to Blender
      Some users think Blender is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects, some don't.
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      Blender vs Adobe After Effects
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      Yeah, you can edit videos with it... But it's not made for it in specific and isn't it's main purpose. It has lots of purposes.
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

      It clearly doesn't look like after effects and has a pretty steep learning curve, but it can do anything that after effects can do.
      Top positive comment  about 5 years ago

      danielmichel AE's main purpose: Video effect editing. Blender has a whole range of possibilities, but it's hard to get into and it's not designed to be used solely for video effect editing.
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

      Blender is a 3D suite and the node based compositing workflow differs a lot from after effects.
      Negative comment 8 months ago

      It is free and u can use it for everything. You can Design you own things
      Positive comment 10 months ago

      sas_ja Blender is has a bit different workflow, that doesn't make it worse than AE. People think that Blender is only a 3D program, but it fact it has greasepencil (2d animation tool), and it also includes node-based compositing, video editing and video tracking. With Blender you can combine 2d animations, 3d renderings and video footage without using any external program.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

      Blender is a very powerful tool, don't get me wrong, but Blender is not focused on video effects. Blender is more focused on 3d modeling and animation. Blender can do what After Effects can do, but only to a certain extent.
      Negative comment 10 months ago

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    • Fusion is the world’s most advanced compositing software for visual effects artists, broadcast and motion graphic designers and 3D animators. View 20 alternatives to Blackmagic Design Fusion
      Most users think Blackmagic Design Fusion is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
      • FreemiumProprietary
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      Blackmagic Design Fusion vs Adobe After Effects
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It may not be entirely free, but still works VERY WELL if I could only understand it XD
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

      POX Great software and well integrated with DaVinci Resolve.
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

      High level composition software.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      Very hard to understand alone.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      Maxi_Mega It's really powerful, but also very difficult to understand.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

    • NUKE is a powerful compositing application that delivers unparalleled speed, an efficient multi-channel scanline rendering engine, and a first-class feature set that is unrivalled... View 23 alternatives to NUKE
      Most users think NUKE is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
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      NUKE vs Adobe After Effects
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      There is a free commercial version, nuke is also more industry standard for compositing
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    • Snowmix is a video mixer tool for mixing live and recorded video and audio feeds. It supports clipping, scaling and transparent overlay of video, png graphics and text. View 24 alternatives to Snowmix
      Most users think Snowmix is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
      • FreeOpen Source
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    • ButtleOFX is a simple, user-friendly and open source compositing software. It is based on TuttleOFX, an open source, modular and sustainable image processing architecture. View 21 alternatives to ButtleOFX
      Most users think ButtleOFX is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.

      Discontinued

      as evidenced by their github page, the team is no longer developing it any further. They are looking for a maintainer. The last commit is over a year old.

      • FreeOpen Source
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    • Houdini covers all the major areas of 3D production, including:* Modeling - All standard geometry entities including Polygons, (Hierarchical) NURBs/Bezier Curves/Patches &... View 48 alternatives to Houdini
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      Houdini vs Adobe After Effects
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Houdini is a fantastic application for simulation and 3D graphics. It may have some niche functionality overlap with After Effects but the intended use of the application is wildly different.
      Negative comment 10 months ago

      absolutely different software
      Negative comment 10 months ago

      While one could argue that many 3D packages include functionality similar to the one of After Effects, that alone does not make said package a valid alternative. The overall workflow of the application has to taken into account too, and that is where things diverge greatly.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

    • EbSynth brings art to life with 2D motion capture. It's a tool for converting video footage into stylised 'motion paintings'. View 2 alternatives to EbSynth
    • How to make Lightsaber special effects!Open the vido or picture you want to edit.From the menu select Effects > Laser Glow. View 3 alternatives to Rebaslight
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    • Node-based, open source VFX Editor with powerful interface and a ready to use libGDX runtime. View 8 alternatives to Talos VFX
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