VidPlayVST Free For Linux

A native plug-in developed in Ubuntu 16.04 and tested with Ardour, Harrison Mixbus, Bitwig Studio, Tracktion Waveform, Renoise and Carla.

System Requirements

64-bit Linux distribution
64-bit host DAW with support for Steinberg VSTi v2.4 Instrument plug-ins
MESA OpenGL 2.0 or later

Host Specific Notes and 'Gotchas'

Ardour and Mixbus - In these DAWs native Linux plug-ins are referred to as 'lxVST' or 'linuxVST'.

Tracktion - VidPlayVST will not work in version 5 of this Linux DAW. Use a later version or upgrade to Waveform.

Bitwig and Renoise - Both these DAWs have options to run VST plug-ins inside an independent host process (sandbox). This should not normally be necessary, but is an option if there are any problems of incompatibility with other plug-ins. This is also a workaround if you want to run multiple instances (see below).

Multiple Instances - The Linux version of VidPlayVST is not able to run more than one instance of the plug-in. If you load a second instance and open the plug-in window you will see an error message. In DAWs that allow multiple open sessions (called 'edits' in Tracktion Waveform) this might be confusing. VidPlayVST in the first loaded session will work ok, but in session 2 the plug-in will show the error message.

Reaper experimental for Linux - the plug-in can be used in Reaper by hosting it in Carla-Rack, available free from KXStudio

Download (Link opens Google Drive page. Click on download symbol.)

If you like the plug-in please contribute to the development effort by buying the Windows or OSX version.


VidPlayVST for Linux is distributed as a self-extracting archive Download it and then in your desktop file manager double-click on the file name. Choose Run and enter your [sudo] password when prompted.

If you prefer, you can run it in a Terminal as follows...
cd /folder/where/you/saved/the/file
/bin/sh ./

The installer puts the plug-in shared library in folder /usr/lib/vst

The following required libraries are copied into folder /usr/share/vidplayvst

After installation, instruct your DAW to re-scan the plug-in folders.