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 - macOS Big Sur.
What causes this problem? How should we do to make libdvdcss download and install on El Capitan or later version a reality? Read on and you can get the answer.
• Remove virtually all copy-protections from DVD, such as CSS, region code, RCE, UOPs, Sony ArccOS, Disney DRM and new schemes on latest DVD movies/TV shows.
• Fast rip any DVD to MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, MPEG, FLV, 3GP, iPhone, iPad, Android/Windows devices etc, while keeping high quality.
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We can blame it all on the security technology on OS X El Capitan or later 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.
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 - macOS Big Sur.
Preparation: libdvdcss El Capitan Download
VideoLan seemingly doesn't offer a specific Mac version of latest libdvdcss version 1.4.2. So you can download older Mac OS X version, for example 1.2.12.
After that, select one of the following methods to install libdvdcss on Mac without trouble.
Method 1. Disable SIP for libdvdcss Installation on El Capitan or Later
Method 2. Install libdvdcss on El Capitan or Later 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 or later successfully regardless of SIP.
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 - macOS Big Sur without libdvdcss is preferred for saving us much time and energy!
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With the aid of it, you can rip any DVD to MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, MPEG, MKV, FLV, 3GP, MP3, iPhone, iPad, Android/Windows devices with ease. It runs very well on Mac OS, from OS X Tiger to El Capitan and newest macOS Mojave. No libdvdcss El Capitan is required! No complicated operation will be! WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is undoubtedly the best solution for DVD copy-protection removal.
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