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2023 Top 3 Free Linux DVD Rippers: Review and Free Download

Is there a DVD ripper available for Linux? I have a Mac and PCs and a Linux, and I have about 200 discs. Is there any free DVD ripper for Linux? It seams most DVD ripping programs are available for Mac and Windows.

If you're seeking for a program which can work on Linux machines, here we list top 3 free Linux DVD rippers helping you copy and back up DVD discs to digital file, they are HandBrake, VLC Media Player(yes, VLC can copy DVDs that are not encrypted), and MakeMKV.

Best Free DVD Rippers for Linux:

No.1 Best Free DVD Ripper for Linux: HandBrake

HandBrake is where's at when it talks about DVD ripping. It is one of the most popular free DVD ripper programs available for multi-platforms, Linux, Windows and macOS. It can process any unprotected DVD or Blu-ray sources such as physical discs, VIDEO_TS folder, ISO image and VOB files. Packing a batch of video/audio encoders – H.265, H.264, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, VP8/9, AAC, MP3, FLAC, Vorbis etc, it enables you to copy DVD to hard drive as MP4, M4V, or MKV. You can also enjoy optimized presets for devices to make the digital copy from DVD completely accepted by your iPhone, iPad, Android etc.

HandBrake prepares a simple process to rip DVD on Linux, loading source > selecting output > starting conversion. On the other hand, advanced settings are included in various tabs for experts to adjust parameters - like frame rate, bit rate, image size (resolution); enable filters – for example, to choose a deinterlace or denoise option to enhance quality; crop/rotate/flip video; add subtitles and so on.

HandBrake is now updated to version 1.5.1. You can download current edition through Ubuntu deb or Flatpack [1] (for 64bit)/QuickSync Plugin Download (64bit) from the official download page:

best free DVD ripper for Linux - HandBrake

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No.2 Best Free DVD Ripper for Linux: VLC

VLC is known for its power on media playback, in fact, it has DVD ripping capability. If you have installed VLC, there is no need to get another Linux DVD ripper for homemade DVD ripping.

VLC enables you to open a disc or DVD source (VIDEO_TS folder, ISO Image) and convert/save it as a digital file encoded in H.265, H.264, VP8, MPEG-2, WMV and more. It allows you to rip part of a movie/TV show by setting Starting Position (certain titles or chapters) or back up whole DVD video by leaving the settings default. Additionally, you can choose to retain one audio/subtitle track or all tracks. Encoding parameters can be modified as well, such as codec, bitrate, frame rate, resolution and so on.

VLC offers multiple versions for different Linux distributions (Ubuntu, Arch Linux etc.). Download the matching version for your Linux version from here:

What we should notice is that: Although libdvdcss is included in VLC helping access unscrambling DVDs encrypted with CSS[2], there's no getting away from the fact that VLC loses the potentiality to handle copy-protected commercial DVDs according to our tests and users' feedbacks.

best free DVD ripping software for Linux - VLC

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No.3 Best Free DVD Ripper for Linux: MakeMKV

MakeMKV is another program collected in our top free Linux DVD rippers list. It offers one-click solution to convert DVDs or ISO images to MKV while preserving all video/audio tracks, meta-information and chapters.

After you load the DVD source, MakeMKV will scan titles and chapters and skip over some titles whose length less than 120 seconds (by default) or a customized number. Then, you just need to select one title (including video, audio, subtitle tracks), set output folder and click Make MKV icon to get a MKV copy from DVD. It rips DVD at a fast speed, about 10 minutes to rip a 2-hour movie.

MakeMKV offers beta version (30-day free trial) to rip DVD and Blu-ray for free. Once the beta phase is ended, you can use DVD ripping capability with no charge but purchase a license for blu-ray disc conversion. It announces supporting encrypted DVDs but it only scans 1 title of my movie: The Avengers and the resulting file is only 15-minute long.

MakeMKV released two binary and source packages of latest version v1.17.2 available for Linux. You can get download files and installation tutorial from here: MakeMKV 1.17.2 for Linux is available.

Best DVD Ripper Freeware for Linux - MakeMKV

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Bottom Line

HandBrake is the most recommended Linux DVD ripper on the list because of its ease of use, wide support of inputs/outputs and rich settings. With combination of media player and DVD ripper, VLC is more versatile but is limited to rip DVDs without encryption. MakeMKV delivers the fastest speed but it shows up errors when ripping encrypted DVDs. There seems to be no powerful DVD ripper for Linux. You can run a more powerful Windows DVD ripper on Linux by making use of a Windows compatibility layer for Linux, for example Wine[3].

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is a good choice, which empowers users to digitize ANY DVD and bypass copy protections – CSS, region code, RCE, Sony ArccOS, Disney DRM or other special schemes. Built-in hundreds of codecs and profiles, it can rip DVD to MP4 (H.264), AVI, MOV, FLV, WebM, iPhone, iPad, Samsung, HuaWei, Xbox, PS5/4, YouTube, Facebook etc, in a few of clicks. It also allows you to 1:1 copy DVD to VIDEO_TS folder, ISO image, or single MPEG2 file while retaining most even all video/audio/subtitle tracks. Full hardware acceleration with support of Intel/NVIDIA/AMD GPUs helps rip DVDs speedily while keeping high quality and cost low CPU usage.

Now, you can download and run this Windows DVD ripper on Linux for ripping all discs in your DVD collection. It also arrives with a Mac version available for macOS Ventura or lower versions.

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.

Related External Source from Wiki:

[1]. Flatpak - Flatpak (formerly xdg-app) is a software utility for software deployment, package management, and application virtualization for Linux desktop computers. It provides a sandbox environment in which users can run applications in isolation from the rest of the system...

[2]. CSS - The Content Scramble System (CSS) is a digital rights management (DRM) and encryption system employed on many commercially produced DVD-Video discs. CSS utilizes a proprietary 40-bit stream cipher algorithm. The system was introduced around 1996 and was first compromised in 1999...

[3]. Wine - Wine (recursive backronym for Wine Is Not an Emulator) is a free and open-source compatibility layer that aims to allow computer programs (application software and computer games) developed for Microsoft Windows to run on Unix-like operating systems...


author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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