dvd::rip is a full-featured DVD copy program written in Perl. It provides an easy to use, but feature-rich Gtk+ GUI to control almost all aspects of the ripping and transcoding process. It uses the widely known video processing swissknife transcode and many other Open Source tools. dvd::rip itself is licensed under GPL / Perl Artistic License.

IconsPage/warning.png Warning: As always, check the relevant copyright laws for your country regarding the backup of any copyright-protected DVDs and other media.

Installing dvd::rip

Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty), Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) & Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy)

1. Open "Add/Remove..." under the Applications menu.

2. Set it to show all available applications (Universe and Multiverse).

3. Search for and install dvd::rip.

Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy) and 6.06 (Dapper)

Note: Install process should work for Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) as well as Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake).

1. Enable the Universe and Multiverse repositories. (see AddingRepositoriesHowto)

2. Install the dvdrip package.

3. Add dvd::rip to the Applications menu with one of the following commands (whichever is appropriate for the version of Ubuntu you're using):


gksudo gedit /usr/share/applications/dvdrip.desktop


kdesu kate /usr/share/applications/dvdrip.desktop


gksudo mousepad /usr/share/applications/dvdrip.desktop

Insert the following lines into the new file and save it:

[Desktop Entry]

Installing Optional Features

Subtitle Ripping

If you want to rip subtitles, you will need to install the following package: subtitleripper.

This will get you .VOB/.IDX subtitles. If you want .SRT (text format) subtitles, you will need to install ksubtitleripper and gocr. Note that ksubtitleripper is broken in Feisty; it is possible to get it working, but doing so requires applying two patches to the source code and compiling it manually. Please consult the post on Ksubtitleripper problem (can't enter text) on the ubuntu forums.

Video Previews

In order to get video previews, you need the mplayer package. Please see MplayerInstallHowto for more information on installing mplayer.

Rip Encrypted DVDs

In order to rip encrypted DVDs (most commercial DVDs are encrypted), you will need to the following packages:

libdvdread4 debhelper fakeroot

Perform the following commands:

sudo apt-get install libdvdread4 debhelper fakeroot
find /usr/share/doc -name 'install-css.sh' -type f | xargs sudo sh

h.264 Support

sudo apt-get install libavcodec-extra-52


  • See Gtk1Fonts if dvd::rip's interface looks ugly.

  • After ripping .VOB files from the DVD with dvd::rip, you can open them with ksubtitleripper. Choose File/New, then choose the files from the 'vob' folder in dvd::rip's project folder.

Quick Install Guide

Use these instructions to quickly install a fully featured dvd::rip:

Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty) & Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy)

sudo apt-get install dvdrip subtitleripper ksubtitleripper gocr mplayer libdvdread3 debhelper fakeroot
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/examples/install-css.sh
# or if that last line didn't work
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/install-css.sh

Similar and related programs

*K9Copy is another full-featured (perhaps easier) solution for DVD ripping in Linux.

*DVDShrink is a Windows-based program that must be run in Wine in Linux.

DVD::Rip (last edited 2011-05-20 04:00:06 by MsVeggieCoder)