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MKVToolNix now is available as Snap app. You can now run the latest 15.0.0 in all current Ubuntu releases, including Ubuntu 14.04, while the official MKVToolNix apt repository only provides packages for Ubuntu 16.04 and higher.

Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “terminal” from your application launcher. When it opens, simply run command:

sudo snap install mkvtoolnix-jz

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

The snap includes almost all required dependency libraries. Once you installed it, launch the software from your application launcher and enjoy.

For Ubuntu 14.04, you may first install the snapd daemon while it’s not installed by default:

sudo apt-get install snapd snapd-xdg-open

The snap application can co-exist with the traditional packages. If you installed both version of MKVToolNix, and can’t find out which is the snap app from your application launcher, launch the tools via command in terminal:


For mkv info, merge, extract, etc., see the picture:

Uninstall MKVToolNix snap:

To remove the snap package of MKVToolNix, run following command in terminal:

sudo snap remove mkvtoolnix-jz

MKVToolNix, a set of Matroska tools for Windows and Linux, has now reached the 15.0.0 release with improved support for new track header elements and a couple of bug-fixes.

MKVToolNix 15.0.0 release highlights:

  • Add “Set destination file name from selected file’s name” option to the “source files” context menu for multiplex tool.
  • Add “Only use the first source file that contains a video track” option in the preferences on “Multiplexer” → “Output”.
  • Ctrl+Up/Down keys to move up/down selected jobs
  • Add support for the “video projection” track header attributes for the GUI, mkvmerge, mkvinfo, and mkvpropedit.
  • Add support for editing the video colour attributes for the GUI and mkvpropedit.
  • Remove the keyboard shortcuts for switching between the different tools in GUI

How to Install MKVToolNix 15.0.0 in Ubuntu:

The tool has an official Linux repository offers the latest packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04 so far.

Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching it from app launcher. When it opens, do following steps:

1. Run command to add the repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/'

Replace $(lsb_release -sc) with xenial for Linux Mint 18.x. And input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then install the key:

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -

3. Finally either upgrade the software via Software Updater (Update Manager):

or run command to install the software packages:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install mkvtoolnix mkvtoolnix-gui


To remove the repository, launch Software & Updates utility and navigate to Other Software tab.

To remove MKVToolNix, use Synaptic Package Manager or run following command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove mkvtoolnix mkvtoolnix-gui

MakeMKV icon

MakeMKV is tool converts video clips from DVD / Blu-ray disc into a set of MKV files, preserving most information, so that it can be played on your favorite OS with VLC or MPlayer.

MakeMKV is proprietary software with a free 30-day trial. It’s free to use while in beta, and it’s been in beta for a few years. The software features:

  • Reads DVD and Blu-ray discs
  • Reads Blu-ray discs protected with latest versions of AACS and BD+
  • Preserves all video and audio tracks, including HD audio
  • Preserves chapters information
  • Preserves all meta-information (track language, audio type)
  • Fast conversion – converts as fast as your drive can read data.
  • No additional software is required for conversion or decryption.
  • Available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
  • Functionality to open DVD discs is free and will always stay free.
  • All features (including Blu-ray decryption and processing) are free during BETA.

How to Install MakeMKV (Beta) in Ubuntu via PPA:

Besides building MakeMKV from source, an Ubuntu PPA for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 14.04, and Ubuntu 12.04 is available to make it much easier to install.

1. Add PPA

Launch terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and paste below command and run to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:heyarje/makemkv-beta

Type in your password (no visual feedback when typing) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

MakeMKV Beta PPA

2. Update and install the tool via:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install makemkv-oss makemkv-bin

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb packages for both makemkv-bin and makemkv-oss from THIS PAGE.

Once installed, launch it and register the software by going to Help -> Register. Get the Beta key from this forum post.

You can now select your Blu-ray disc drive in MakeMKV window, and click the Steam icon on the toolbar.


Wait the converting process to be finished, or play the given url (looks like below) while it’s being decoded in background using VLC or MPlayer: