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[Updated] 2019 Top 4 Free DVD Rippers for macOS (incl. Catalina)
for Old and New Movies

Use the best free DVD rippers for Mac 2019 to rip DVD movies to MP4, MKV, MOV, iPhone, iTunes, iMovie

- "I am experiencing problems with Handbrake on macOS Mojave. When I put in a DVD, it says that I need to install a libdvdcss.pkg file, and when I follow the link to the download website, it says that my computer is too advanced for the software. I've tried everything but nothing works. Is there any easy-to-use free DVD ripper for macOS?"

People who posed the above question apparently have a notion of what Mac DVD ripper software is for. Before the analysis of best four free DVD rippers for Mac, you should know why DVD ripper software is necessary for Mac as well as Windows users.

A good DVD ripping tool could change and facilitate your way of entertainment and open the door to a world of watching DVD movies offline on the go, with no need of DVD drive or DVD player. To be specific, you will be able to playback DVD movies on Mac, iPhone, iPad, PC, Android phones and tablets, etc for free.

User Needs

Mac DVD ripper Requirements

1. The compatibility with different types of DVD

1. Accept all kinds of DVD disc: 99-title, workout DVD, broken/scratched DVD, etc

2. Enable all Mac users to watch DVD movies on any devices, including the new 16-inch Macbook Pro at any time

2. Constantly update to support the latest released devices

3. Output high-quality video and sound, basically losslessly

3. Feature flexible parameter settings

4. Rip DVD movies on Mac fast

4. Support hardware accelerated DVD encoding decoding

5. Access all commercial DVDs

5. Technology to bypass DVD copy protections

Note: the latest macOS Catalina no longer supports 32-bit apps. If you've upgraded your operating system to the latest 10.15 or get the new 16-inch Macbook Pro, make sure you donwload the 64-bit DVD ripper software on Macbook Pro/Air, iMac for a hassle-free DVD conversion.

Top 4 Free DVD Rippers for Mac 2019

Here we put emphasis on best free Mac DVD rippers of 2019, for DVD encryption tech keeps changing and only software constantly updating could really meet users' need.

For example, many of you perhaps are troubled by not being able to rip Frozen or Avengers Endgame DVD on Mac/PC with your previously installed program, due to strong Disney X-project DRM. So we do a new size-up and include best four free Mac DVD ripper software as below, with testing statistics and effects to help you do the choice.

1. WinX DVD Ripper Mac Free
100% free, GPU accelerated, rip any proctected DVDs, World's 1st DVD ripper for macOS Catalina

WinX DVD Ripper Mac free (also see free DVD ripper for Windows 10/8/7) is a piece of free DVD ripper software for Mac OS X 10.6.6 and later (up to 10.15 Catalina). It will easily rip any protected DVDs, old and new titles, homemade/burned discs, other DVDs. With 350+ built-in formats and devices, you can convert DVDs to Mac/iOS/iTunes specific video audio formats for free, like DVD to MP4, MPEG, FLV, MP3, etc for playing on PC, iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.

On top of that, it makes timely update and is world's 1st to support the latest macOS Catalina, successfully reading DVD movie and ripping DVD at lightning fast speed as long as you permit it to access files on a removable volume (a move to access movie info without invading your privacy). You can check the troubleshooting steps if you run into DVD read error on macOS Catalina.

Please DO Not use WinX DVD Ripper Mac Free to rip rental DVDs.
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WinX DVD Ripper Mac Free

• It allows you to speed up DVD ripping by utilizing GPU acceleration: Intel QSV, NVIDIA NVENC/Cuda and Hyper-threading technology - rip a DVD in 5 min >

• Output quality can be ensured by the High Quality Engine. DVD ripping on Mac can be done fast with optimal video/audio (Dolby 5.1 Channel) quality.

• Most importantly, it deals with commercial DVDs, scratched DVDs, covering complicated workout DVDs, 99-title discs, folders, ISO images. And it is easy to handle.

2. HandBrake for Mac
Free, GPU accelerated, compatible with Mac, Windows, Ubuntu...

HandBrake is probably the most well-received DVD ripping software for Mac, Windows, Ubuntu, etc. HandBrake Mac 1.2.0 now supports hardware accelerated DVD ripping. It rips DVD disc/ISO image/VIDEO-TS folder to MP4 and MKV formats, encoded in H.264, H.265, MPEG-4 and MPEG-2.

Despite being embedded with only two output formats, it's favored by Mac and Windows users for being free. But you have to download install libdvdcss for HandBrake to bypass copy protections.

But without device presets, there would really be much trouble and you'd better be with excellent mathematical calculation skill. In a word, HandBrake Mac DVD ripper is good but not that easy-to-use. Besides, this free DVD ripper is unsupported on Mac 10.9 Mavericks and below, and is depricated in El Capitan and Yosemite.

Best Free DVD Ripper for Mac - HandBrake

3. MakeMKV
Free, No GPU acceleration, rip DVD to MKV only

MakeMKV is good free DVD ripper software for Mac, Windows and Linux. It rips both Blu-ray and DVD to MKV, and can cope with DVD copy protection AACS. Common functions like preserving chapters information and track languages are included. Sadly, you can tell from its name that this free Mac DVD ripping tool will only allow you to output an MKV file.

Converting DVD to AVI, MP4, MOV, FLV can't be realized using it. And on its download page there is a NOTE warning you that MakeMKV is not signed by Apple. To successfully install this free Mac DVD ripper, you need to adjust gatekeeper options.

Best Free DVD Ripper for Mac - HandBrake

4. MacTheRipper 2.6.6
Free, Not compatible with Snow Leopard or later

MacTheRipper 2.6.6 can be counted in this top 4 list of free Mac DVD ripping software of 2019. It is free, and it enables users to rip DVDs by defeating DVD protections CSS, UOP and region code. However, unfortunately, this free DVD ripping tool is not compatible with Mac OS X newer than Snow Leopard.

Mac users who have upgraded to Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan or other higher version have to either pay to get MacTheRipper 4 or find other workarounds. And the worst part is, when we click the free download button, it just jumps to the buy page of MTR 5.0.07. We believe there should be other pages offering the free download link, and maybe you can do a quick search.

Best Free DVD Ripper for Mac - HandBrake

Tips for Using Best Free Mac DVD Rippers 2019

1. You'd better choose "Safe Mode" on the main interface of WinX DVD Ripper for Mac when ripping Disney DVDs.

2. Libdvdcss has been removed since HandBrake 0.9.2, which requires you to download libdvdcss by yourself for ripping copy protected DVDs on Mac.

3. Ultra-fast ripping speed actually is opposite to the lossless original quality, though not diametrically. A best free Mac DVD ripper can help you reach the best balance to rip DVD fast while maintaining high quality.

Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping copy-protected DVDs for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.


Estrella H.

Estrella H.

Estrella H. is a senior editor at Digiarty covering all the latest tech in mobile industry for the better part of the first four years, from iPhone, Samsung to other innovative gadgets. And now she's been dived into data backup and management to keep data safe on mobile devices in the recent three years. Outside the tech, she is a songwriter and loves hip-hop.

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