This brief tutorial is going to show you how to easily install HandBrake, an open-source multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail. HandBrake lets you transcode most common multimedia files and any DVD or Blu-ray  sources that are not copy-right protected.

You can use it to copy or convert DVD or Bluray discs into other media formats like MP4(M4V), MKV, H.264(x264), MPEG-4 and Theora (libtheora). Besides videos, it also allows you to encode audio files such as AAC, CoreAudio, AAC/HE-AAC, MP3, Flac, AC3, Vorbis and more.

Below are some of the features of HandBrake

  • Title / Chapter selection
  • Queue up multiple encodes
  • Chapter Markers
  • Subtitles (VobSub, Closed Captions CEA-608, SSA, SRT)
  • Constant Quality or Average Bitrate Video Encoding
  • Support for VFR, CFR and VFR
  • Video Filters: Deinterlacing, Decomb, Detelecine, Deblock, Grayscale, Cropping and scaling
  • Live Video Preview
  • Built-in presets for common devices

To get started installing HandBrake in Ubuntu, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to download HandBrake deb package archives. The easiest way to install HandBrake in Ubuntu is via its PPA. But at the time of this writing, the PPA didn’t have a version for Ubuntu 13.04.

32-bit Download



64-bit Download



After downloading, run the commands below to install it

sudo dpkg -i handbrake*; sudo apt-get -f install


That’s it!




To uninstall or completely remove HandBrake, run the commands below

sudo apt-get purge handbrake-gtk && sudo apt-get autoremove


In the future when the PPA becomes available, you can install it from its PPA repository by running the commands below

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


Then run the commands below to update your system and install it.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk