How to Install HandBrake on Ubuntu Linux

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This post shows students and new users how to install HandBrake on Ubuntu Linux. HandBrake is a cross-platform multimedia transcoder that converts standard media files into another format.

It can process most common multimedia files and any DVD or Blu-ray sources that do not contain copyright protections.

Remember, the multimedia file you want to convert should not be copyright protected. HandBrake will only support source media files that are not encrypted.

Some of the formats you can convert to are listed below:

  • File Containers: .MP4(.M4V) and .MKV
  • Video Encoders: H.265 (x265 and QuickSync), H.264, H.265 MPEG-4 and MPEG-2, VP8, VP9 and Theora
  • Audio Encoders: AAC / HE-AAC, MP3, Flac, AC3, or Vorbis
  • Audio Pass-thru: AC-3, E-AC3, DTS, DTS-HD, TrueHD, AAC and MP3 tracks

A new version of HandBrake was recently released for all platforms with some new features. For more about this release, please check out its release page.

With this release, some of the features below were introduced.

  • – Improved user interface
    – Redesigned main window for consistency and usability; overall flow is top to bottom, left to right
    – Added new preset controls directly in the main workflow
    – Added a new summary tab for an overview of settings at a glance
    – Updated interface icons to support high-resolution displays
    – New and improved official presets
    – Added new presets for Vimeo and YouTube
    – Added new 2160p/4K device presets for Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku
    – Added new Production presets for post-production video editing workflows
    – Added additional 2160p/4K Matroska presets
    – Improved AppleTV 4K support
    – Improved Intel QuickSync Video support
    – Added Linux support (experimental)
    – Added 10-bit H.265/HEVC encoding support for Kaby Lake and newer CPUs
    – Added support for multiple GPUs via D3D11 encode path
    – Many bug fixes and improvements

How to Install HandBrake on Ubuntu Linux

To install the latest version of HandBrake on Ubuntu, follow the steps below:

The easiest way to install HandBrake on Ubuntu is via its PPA repository. To install from that, run the commands below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases

Then run the controls below to update Ubuntu and install HandBrake

sudo apt update
sudo apt install handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli

Running the above commands should download the latest version of the package and install it on Ubuntu.

That’s it!

If you don’t want HandBrake installed, run the below commands to remove the package.

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases

That should do it!

ubuntu handbrake install

That should do it!


This post showed you how to install and use HandBrake on Ubuntu Linux. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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  1. Mark Wayne-Hart

    I think you wasted your time writing this article – my humble opinion…

    I have two Ubuntu (16.04) boxes here – one i386 (old, I know) and a 64-bit. Handbrake doesn’t work on either of them – period. Whether I install it from the Software Store or I follow your directions here – irrelevant.

    I also have a Windows 8 box upstairs and Handbrake works beutifully on it.


    1. ImWithMarkWayne-Hart

      Yes, his instructions are wrong, as they didn’t work for you. I’ve been using a form of these instructions for years and it works “beutifully” as you put it.

    2. Followed Directions

      Worked perfect for me

  2. Henning Andersen

    It works fine on my Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
    I followed the steps exactly as written and it worked the first time.
    No janky setup or steps required.

    Great guide 🙂

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