Current version (3.11)

The latest version of Advene is available as Linux (Ubuntu/Debian/Redhat) package, Windows installer and source form.

Download the packaged version for Linux or Windows, then see the tutorial package and the advene public wiki for instructions and documentation. Feel free to help maintaining these information through the wiki. You can report issues in the bug tracker.


You can download the Debian/UbuntuDebian/Ubuntu package or setup the Advene repository to get the updates (see below). You also can run it directly from sources.


If you are using Debian or Ubuntu, you can declare the private repository and its signing key, by executing the following commands (copy/paste in a terminal):

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/advene.list

wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -

Once the repository is configured, you can install and upgrade Advene as other software, either through your usual package manager or using:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install advene advene-full

advene-full is a pseudo-package that defines dependencies on optional components (extra codecs, etc) that are not strictly necessary for Advene, but recommended.

Manual setup: if for some reason you do not want/can configure the Advene repository, you can download the latest .deb file from the repository and install it with the command

sudo dpkg -i advene_3.xx.deb

We are working on making Advene available again in standard Debian/Ubuntu distributions.


The latest Advene version is now again available through a Windows installer, thanks to financial support from the junior research group “Audio-visual rhetorics of affect” situated at Freie Universität Berlin and the Hasso-Plattner-Institute for Digital Engineering, funded by the federal ministry of education and research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung – BMBF).

Download the Advene windows 3.11 installer and execute it. Note that you do not need administrator rights to install Advene on your computer. It can be installed anywhere as a simple user.

Mac OS X

The new Advene is not available yet for MacOS X. It can be run from sources. Contact us if you want to help building or sponsoring a MacOS X installer.

You can use the older 1.0.1 version. Download the Advene 1.0.1 dmg image.

Previous version (1.0)

An older version of Advene, 1.0, is still available, for Windows and MacOSX users. Although of course there are no new features and codecs were not updated (which means that there can be issues with some video formats), it still functions correctly, and the data format is compatible between both versions.

Windows Windows binary installer Mac OS X MacOS X/Intel package


The development version of Advene is available on Github. From the project page you can access various tools (development tree, bug tracker, etc.).

gstreamer contributions

Advene now uses the gstreamer multimedia framework as player and overall video manipulation software. We developed rsvgoverlay, a SVG rendering element, which is now included in gst-plugins-bad.

VLC contributions

We previously used the VLC player in the context of the Advene project. For this, we needed to control the player from our Python application. We chose to implement a control API based on an existing standard, the OMG Audio/Video Stream 1.0 specification. We first implemented it as a CORBA control module for vlc, but we have since developped native python bindings for VLC.

Additionally, a SVG rendering module as well as a snapshot module have been implemented.

All these contributions are now integrated in the standard VLC.