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Download and Install VLC libdvdcss/libdvdcss2.dll (1.4.3) on Windows (10/8/7) 32bit and 64bit

According to the statements in Handbrake official site, HandBrake is unable to process encrypted DVDs alone. If libdvdcss installed, HandBrake possibly makes it. However, its developers have removed this useful yet controversial thing from this open source video transcoder for several years. Currently, HandBrake users can remove DVD copy protection after downloading libdvdcss-2.dll for Windows or other operating systems or installing VLC which includes the libdvdcss library natively. Here's a detailed guide on how to download and install libdvdcss on Windows for accessing and unscrambling css-protected DVDs.

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How to Download and Install libdvdcss for Windows Windows 10/8/7

1. libdvdcss.dll Download for Windows 10/8/7 32 bit and 64 bit

You can download libdvdcss on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 from videolan.org.

Copy and paste http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/libdvdcss/ to your browser. And then you'll see a list of libdvdcss versions (from 0.0.1 to 1.4.3) displayed. Find the one you need and begin downloading libdvdcss for Windows.

1. Hit 1.4.3/

2. Download proper libdvdcss file based on your operating system. If you possess a Windows 32bit computer, just hit win32/ and then click libdvdcss-2.dll to begin downloading. If you work on a Windows 64bit PC, then you're supposed to hit win64/ and then download this libdvdcss-2.dll for Windows.

Download libdvdcss for Windows
Install Handbrake libdvdcss for Windows

libdvdcss alone can't perform DVD decryption and playback. It needs to unite with DVD ripper and player. But how? This could be a difficult task for non-tech savvy guys. Thus, we explain more as below.

2. Install libdvdcss for HandBrake on Windows

Step 1: Follow the tutorial above to download libdvdcss into your Windows computer.

Step 2 : Move downloaded Windows libdvdcss-2.dll into HandBrake install directory. (If you haven't downloaded HandBrake, just head to https://handbrake.fr/ to get it. And install it following instructions. Don't forget to take note of the install location.)
Note: Not to bother renaming libdvdcss-2.dll to libdvdcss.dll.

That's all. Now you just need to open HandBrake or other free DVD ripper to decode encrypted DVDs just like you do on unprotected DVDs. Or, you can follow the step-by-step guide below to make a digital copy.

Install libdvdcss for HandBrake on Windows
Install libdvdcss for HandBrake on Windows

How to Rip Copy-protected DVDs with HandBrake After VLC libdvdcss Is Installed on Windows?

To begin with, insert target DVD into your computer DVD-ROM drive. And then, follow steps below.

Step 1. Launch HandBrake, click Source, and then you'll see the DVD you just inserted. Click it and then HandBrake will begin scanning titles and select main title for you. Alternatively, you can opt for target item as you like.

Step 2. Hit Browse under Destination to define a folder to store the copy and write down a file name. Next, navigate to Output Settings, choose a container (MP4 or MKV) or select a preset from the right column, and adjust more settings as you like.

Step 3. Click on the green Start Encode button to begin ripping copy-protected DVD by making use of HandBrake and VLC libdvdcss on Windows.

For more detailed guide, you can jump to "How to Free Rip DVD with VLC libdvdcss and HandBrake Faster and Simpler"

Rip DVD with HandBrake and libdvdcss on Windows
Rip DVD with HandBrake and libdvdcss on Windows

What if HandBrake Can't Rip DVDs even with VLC libdvdcss Installed on Windows?

Sometimes, HandBrake users still fail to convert copy-protected DVDs to digital files with libdvdcss installed on Windows. Here's an example,

"I've just purchased the TV show mentalist series and am trying to back up the disks to MKV files. It doesn't work. I'm getting no video and garbled audio. I've tried both the 32 and 64 bit versions of 0.10 and the latest nightly builds. I've downloaded several copies of libdvdcss-2.dll. If I leave the filename as libdvdcss-2.dll (as suggested on some forums posts) it crashes HandBrake when adding to the queue. If I rename it to libdvdcss.dll I can add the job and run the rip, but as I said, the output is useless. The results are the same for 32 and 64 bit rips. I'm getting this error 'Device A:\ inaccessible, CSS authentication not available.' even with libdvdcss"

After ransacking communities and related tutorials online, we still can't fix this Windows libdvdcss error. And downloading a professional DVD ripper is highly recommended as the best workaround. Among all the DVD rippers for Windows in the market, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is worth a try.

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

libdvdcss-2.dll Download and Installation FAQs

Is libdvdcss legal?

Due to the ability of removing DRM, some people wonder if it is legal. Using libdvdcss to decrypt DVD is authorized by a French law decision CE 10e et 9e sous­sect., 16 juillet 2008, n° 301843 on interoperability, and allowed in the USA in some cases.

What is the current version of libdvdcss?

The latest version of libdvdcss is 1.4.3, which is available for GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Haiku, Mac OS X, Solaris, QNX, OS/2, and Windows NT 4.0 SP4 (with IE 5.0) or later on VLC.

How do I download libdvdcss for Windows?

  1. Go to VLC libdvdcss page, choose the version of libdvdcss you need (the latest version 1.4.3 is recommended).
  2. Download the appropriate libdvdcss-2.dll from this repository.
  3. Move libdvdcss-2.dll into the Handbrake installation folder you stored before.

Does VLC come with libdvdcss?

The VLC Media Player includes the libdvdcss DVD decryption library for Windows and macOS. By using the libdvdcss, VLC can play encrypted DVDs disc on Windows PC and Mac computers.

What is libdvdcss?

libdvdcss (aka. libdvdcss2) is a free and open source software library developed by VideoLAN. It is used to access and decrypt DVDs encrypted with Content-Scrambling System (CSS) on Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, BeOS, BSD and Solaris. In January 2015, libdvdcss was updated to version 1.3.99, ending the support for Windows 9x and Windows NT 4.0, HP-UX and BeOS. Now the latest version of libdvdcss is 1.4.3 released in October 2019. The changes between 1.4.2 and 1.4.3 is that it fixes potential buffer overflow if PATH_MAX is reached.

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