How to Install Handbrake in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty

Last updated: November 30, 2014

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Handbrake is a free and open source tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs. It was originally developed by Eric “titer” Petit in 2003 to make ripping a film from a DVD to a data storage device easier. Since then, it has undergone many changes and revisions.

Handbrake Supports:


Handbrake can process most common multimedia files and any DVD or BluRay sources that do not contain any kind of copy protection.


  • File Containers: .MP4(.M4V) and .MKV
  • Video Encoders: H.264(x264), MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 (libav), and Theora(libtheora)
  • Audio Encoders: AAC, CoreAudio AAC/HE-AAC (OS X Only), MP3, Flac, AC3, or Vorbis
  • Audio Pass-thru: AC-3, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC and MP3 tracks

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Instal Handbrake in Ubuntu:

Handbrake 0.10 released, and you can install it via the developer’s PPA in Ubuntu 14.04 or Ubuntu 14.10. Just run commands below one by one in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli

The official download link will point Ubuntu users to the launchpad PPA, which only supports Ubuntu 13.04 Raring and earlier. I’ve tested the raring’s build in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty and fortunately it works!

Handbrake now is available in the default Ubuntu repositories since 14.04 trusty, so all we need to do is update the system and then search for and install the package in Ubuntu Software Center.

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When done, open the video transcoder from Unity Dash and enjoy!


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16 responses to How to Install Handbrake in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty

  1. Why install a package 13. 04 when Handbrake 0.99 is available in the Ubuntu Software Center 14.04?

  2. After install from default repository only .mkv output container is available. How can I enable .M4V ?

  3. Seems like they had to patch the MP4 container stuff out of the product. Now Handbrake feels like a crippled version under Ubuntu 14.04.

  4. Useless. Only does .mkv on Ubuntu 14.04
    Wasted my time.

  5. You pretty much have to use the PPA to get a working version of HandBrake. The version in universe is broken.

  6. So a Linux Noob how do i get it to output MP4?

  7. On 14.04 with /dev/r0 Handbrake just crashes…

  8. I installed this version of Handbrake. The Windows are black with grey text which is very hard to read. Is there a way to fix this?

    • This is a bug due to the Unity’s overlay scrollbars (nothing to do with the handbrake itself). As a workaround, disable overlay scrollbars for this app by editing the launcher file via command (Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal):

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

      Install gksu from ubuntu software center if need

      When the file opens, change the line:

      Exec=ghb %f


      Exec=env LIBOVERLAY_SCROLLBAR=0 ghb %f

      • Thankyou. I actually found another way to disable the overlay scroll bars.
        Paste in a Terminal:
        gsettings set com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode normal.
        Anyway it fixed the problem, so thankyou for your solution.

        • yep, the gsettings command disables the overlay scroll bars for whole system. Edit the .desktop file disables it for Handbrake only.

  9. In preferences untick use ipod/itunes friendly format for mp4. Once you do this the m4v on the file name changes to mp4. Tick to turn the file back to m4v from mp4.