[Solved] Can't Download and Install libdvdcss on Mac OS X El Capitan? How to Fix?

[Latest Updated: Nov. 29, 2018 by May Watt to HandBrake Resources]

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How to download and install libdvdcss on El Capitan for ripping CSS copy-protected DVD on Mac with no error?

What is libdvdcss? In brief, it is a library derived from VideoLAN project aiming to handle CSS encrypted DVDs. Apart from being applied to DVD player software (including VLC), it becomes the crucial component for HandBrake while ripping copy-protected DVDs. A DVD software veteran knows how important libdvdcss is. But, trouble is coming! Most people fail to install libdvdcss on Mac OS X El Capitan.

What causes this problem? How should we do to make libdvdcss El Capitan download and installation a reality? Read on and you can get the answer.

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Unavailable to Install libdvdcss on El Capitan? Why?

We can blame it all on the security technology on OS X El Capitan or later (macOS Sierra) which is called System Integrity Protection. This technology is designed to defend protected files and folders against modifying by unauthenticated software (malware, adware etc.). One protected part of the system is /usr, where libdvdcss should be installed. But SIP will automatically remove libdvdcss since it was automatically detected as unsafe software. Therefore, the installation goes into a failure and you cannot rip copy-protected DVD successfully.

How to Download and Install libdvdcss on El Capitan with no Errors?

Since SIP makes trouble, what we do is to turn off SIP on El Capitan and then implement libdvdcss installation. Also, there are some alternative ways which can fix libdvdcss error on Mac OS X El Capitan or later.

Preparation: libdvdcss El Capitan Download

Download libdvdcss on El Capitan

VideoLan seemingly doesn't offer a specific Mac version of latest libdvdcss version 1.4.0. So you can download older Mac OS X version, for example 1.2.12.

  1. Copy and paste https://ftp.videolan.org/libdvdcss/1.2.12/macosx/ to browser. Enter it.
  2. Two files are listed on this page. Download both of them to the Downloads folder on Mac.
  3. Instead, you can search libdvdcss El Capitan on reliable software download sites, for example softpedia, to access libdvdcss for Mac download.

After that, select one of the following methods to install libdvdcss on Mac without trouble.

Run Command in Terminal Windows to Install libdvdcss on El Capitan

Method 1. Disable SIP for libdvdcss Installation on El Capitan

  1. Restart Mac.
  2. When your Mac boots, hold down Command + R to enter Recovery mode.
  3. Open Terminal from Utilities menu.
  4. Type csrutil disable and hit enter.
  5. Restart Mac as normal.
  6. If libdvdcss files have been well put into Downloads folder, open Terminal window and run this command line.
  7. sudo mkdir /usr/local/lib/
    sudo cp ~/Downloads/libdvdcss_1.2.12/libdvdcss.2.dylib
    /usr/local/lib/libdvdcss.2.dylib

  8. Now, you can decode encrypted DVD hassle-free.

Method 2. Install libdvdcss on El Capitan via Homebrew
Homebrew, an open-source package management system, enables to simplify software installation on macOS. With this tool, we can install libdvdcss on El Capitan successfully regardless of SIP.

  1. Open Terminal window and enter command line below to install Homebrew.
    ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
    After pressing ENTER, it will ask you to enter Admin password for Homebrew installation. Give the password and move on.
  2. After Homebrew is installed. Run the command brew install libdvdcss in Terminal window.
  3. Wait a moment and libdvdcss can be installed on El Capitan correctly.

Is There a Way to Rip Copy-protected DVD on El Capitan without libdvdcss?

Honestly, libdvdcss installation on El Capitan or later is not an easy task for a lot of users. Sometimes, although we strictly follow the steps, unexpected errors may come with no reason. A simpler way to convert copy-protected DVDs on El Capitan without libdvdcss is preferred for saving us much time and energy!

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About the Author

   May Watt@may_w1209

May Watt is a member of Digiarty. She offers a bunch of tips of how to handle multimedia files (DVD, video files, music etc.) and keeps her focus on tech news about Apple, Google and more.

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