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DVD authoring requires a large number of separate libraries and scripts. Several graphical applications exist to bring these scripts together and control them using a coherent interface. This page explains some of the options for authoring DVD's under Linux and the applications that can help.

Ubuntu Packages

DVD Authoring packages are available from the Ubuntu repositories and compiled to run on Ubuntu. Be sure you understand the differences between the Main, Universe and Multiverse repositories before installing any of the packages listed here.


Comparable to Devede, but allows you to use DVD encoded video files without re-encoding them (for a power user this is a must). Unfortunately I could not figure out how to add random images (like a title banner) to the DVD menu. I have tried every DVD authoring application listed here and available in Ubuntu's repositories, and this is my favorite (mostly because of the ability to use my own encoded DVD files).

Tested 2010/06/05

Package name: mandvd

Bombono DVD

Bombono DVD is a Gtk-based authoring program. Provides custom menu creation, authoring, reauthoring and optionally burning on DVD.

Package name: bombono-dvd


DeVeDe is a program to create video DVDs, suitables for home players, from any number of video files, in any of the formats supported by Mplayer.

Package name: devede


K3b provides a comfortable user interface to perform most CD/DVD burning tasks. While the experienced user can take influence in all steps of the burning process the beginner may find comfort in the automatic settings and the reasonable k3b defaults which allow a quick start.

Package name: k3b


kMediaFactory is an easy to use template based DVD authoring tool. You can quickly create DVD menus for home videos and TV recordings in three simple steps.

Package name: kmediafactory


Mistelix is a DVD authoring application with also Theora slideshow creation capabilities. It allows you to create slideshows with transition effects from a set of images, and even include videos in your presentations.

Package name: mistelix

'Q' DVD-Author

QDVDAuthor is a graphical video DVD creator using dvdauthor and other related console tools as its backend.

Package name: qdvdauthor

Available from external sources

DVD Authoring packages which are not in the Ubuntu repositories. This does not mean they are of a poorer standard, but they have not been compiled by an Ubuntu developer to run in Ubuntu or gone through Ubuntu's testing process.

DVD Styler

7.04: This is now being packaged by an individual for installing to Ubuntu 7.04. I tried it and it crashed, see bug 105653.

6.10: DVD Styler promises to be the same, but uses wxWindows, which should port nicely to Windows. DVDStyler is not in the Ubuntu Repositories as of Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft).

See Installing a Single Package File on how to install .deb packages.


tovid is a collection of video disc authoring tools; it can help you create your own DVDs, VCDs, and SVCDs for playback on your home DVD player.


The Polidori project seems to have died, it was last updated October 18, 2004 as of December 2006. It can't be used for DVD authoring.

DuncanLithgow tested version 0.1 and it simply doesn't do anything.

Task list

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Page maintainers: DuncanLithgow

DVDAuthoring (last edited 2015-03-16 19:26:38 by knome)