How to Install HandBrake on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

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In this guide, we will show you how to install HandBrake on Ubuntu systems.

HandBrake is a free and open-source transcoder for digital video files. It was originally developed in 2003 by Eric Petit to make rippingDVDs to a data storage device easier.  HandBrake’s backend contains comparatively little original code; the program is an integration of many third-party audio and video libraries, both codecs (such as FFmpeg, x264, and x265) and other components such as video deinterlacers (referred to as “filters”). These are collected in such a manner to make their use more effective and accessible (e.g., so that a user does not have to transcode a video’s audio and visual components in separate steps, or with inaccessible command-line utilities).

Install HandBrake on Ubuntu-APT method

Follow the steps below to get started with HandBrake :

  • Update your Ubuntu system packages with running the below command:
sudo apt update -y && sudo apt upgrade -y
  • HandBrake package is available on Ubuntu base repository. So You can install it directly with:
sudo apt install handbrake -y

Install HandBrake on Ubuntu-PPA method

  • OR you can install it via importing PPA repo as follows:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/handbrake -y
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/ffmpeg4 -y
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/backports -y
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/fonts -y
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/graphics -y
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoury1/multimedia -y
  • Run the command below to reflect on PPA
sudo apt update -y
  • Then install HandBrake as shown below:
sudo apt install handbrake -y

Install HandBrake-Flatpak method

NOTE: Also you can install HandBrake with Flatpak

Flatpak, formerly known as xdg-app, is a utility for software deployment and package management for Linux. It is advertised as offering a sandbox environment in which users can run application software in isolation from the rest of the system.

  • So install the Flatpak manager with running the following command:
sudo apt install flatpak -y
  • Enable Flatpak using the following command
sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub
  • Install HandBrake using the following flatpak command.
flatpak install flathub fr.handbrake.ghb -y

Access HandBrake

  • You can access it from CLI with running the following command:

  • You can search on the system search bar by typing HandBrake as follows
  • Alternatively, Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below:
flatpak run fr.handbrake.ghb
  • HandBrake will be launched as shown below

How to Remove (Uninstall) HandBrake

  • Remove HandBrake APT Method
sudo apt autoremove handbrake --purge -y
  • Remove HandBrake with Flatpak Remove Method:
flatpak uninstall --delete-data  fr.handbrake.ghb
flatpak remove --unused

Install HandBrake -Conclusion

That’s it


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