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This simple tutorial shows how to install the DVD authoring tool, DVDStyler 3.3 Beta (or 3.2.1 Stable for 22.04), in Ubuntu 22.04, Ubuntu 23.10, and Ubuntu 24.04

DVDStyler is a free software for creating professional-looking DVDs. It provides many built-in buttons, templates, and file browser to make easy to burn DVDs.

I was maintaining a PPA with DVDStyler package for Ubuntu users, but stuck at v3.1.2, because of compile issue for the lastest v3.2. Now, it’s back and includes the latest DVDStyler 3.3 Beta for Ubuntu 23.10 and Ubuntu 24.04, and DVDStyler 3.2.1 for Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 22.04.

Features of DVDStyler 3.3 Beta so far include:

  • Ability to specify custom video file for buttons
  • Add object ‘Caption and rectangle’ (thanks to ecodrv)
  • Fix video frame selection dialog
  • Add setting “FFmpeg options” to specify transcoding options such as -hwaccel
  • Add menu template “wall” with text based title buttons

How to Install DVDStyler via Ubuntu PPA:

UPDATED : For Ubuntu 24.04, the PPA contains DVDStyler 3.3 Beta with latest commits until Apr 29. I can’t figure out how to built 3.2.1 stable with latest FFmpeg 6, please report bug to this page for issues.

First, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open a terminal windows. Then, run the commands below one by one to add the PPA and install DVDStyler.

1. To add the PPA in all current Ubuntu releases (amd64 and arm64/armhf), run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/dvdstyler

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2. Linux Mint user need to manually refresh system package cache, though it’s done automatically in Ubuntu 20.04 and higher while adding PPA. To do so, run command:

sudo apt update

3. Finally, run command to install the software package:

sudo apt install dvdstyler

Fix ‘can’t open user configuration file’ error

In recent version, it may output an error on close of DVDStyler app window:

Failed to create a temporary file name (error 2: No such file or directory)
can’t open user configuration file.

The solution is just create the .dvdstyler folder in user’s home directory! Or, open terminal and run command:

mkdir -p ~/.dvdstyler

Uninstall DVDStyler

To remove the DVD authoring tool, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove dvdstyler

And, remove the Ubuntu PPA either by deleting source line from ‘Software & Updates‘ tool under ‘Other Software’ tab. Or, by running command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/darktable

DVDStyler 3.0.3, a cross-platform free DVD authoring tool, was released on New Year’s Day 2017. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu via PPA.

Changes in DVDStyler 3.0.3:

  • disabled copy option for non-MPEG2 video streams
  • added parameter “-pix_fmt yuv420p” to transcoder
  • fixed displaying first video frame in frame button
  • changed transcoding caching to allow put multiple equal video files on DVD (e.g. with different cut points)
  • added support of EXIF metadata in slideshow
  • added CBR option for menu and slideshow enoding settings (disabled by default)
  • added Bulgarian translation (thanks to Ivan Dobrev)
  • win32/win64: updated Manolito’s VBR plug-in

How to Install DVDStyler 3.0.3 via PPA:

DVDStyler does not offer official binary packages for Linux. An unofficial PPA is available with the latest packages for Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and Linux Mint 17 / 18.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/dvdstyler

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

2. After that, search for and install dvdstyler via Synaptic (or other) Package Manager. Or run the commands below in terminal to update and install the tool:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install dvdstyler

With the PPA repository added, you can receive future updates via Software Updater once a new release is out and made into PPA.

How to Uninstall:

To remove DVDStyler, either use Synaptic Package Manager or run the command below in terminal:

sudo apt remove dvdstyler dvdstyler-data && sudo apt autoremove

And the PPA can be removed by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

Bombono DVD is a DVD authoring program for personal computers. It is made easy to use and has nice and clean GUI (Gtk).

The main features of Bombono DVD are:

  • Excellent video viewer: Timeline and Monitor
  • Real WYSIWYG Menu Editor with live thumbnails
  • Comfortable Drag-n-Drop support
  • Transcoding, if necessary (from AVI/MKV/MOV/MPEG4…)
  • Motion menus
  • Subtitles support
  • You can author to folder, make ISO-image or burn directly to DVD
  • Reauthoring: you can import video from DVD discs

The latest Bombono DVD 1.2.2 has been made into Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty. Here’s how to install or upgrade it in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy, Ubuntu 13.04 Raring via PPA.

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run command below to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:jacob/media

After that, search for and install bombono-dvd package in Ubuntu Software Center after checking for updates. Or, run commands instead:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install bombono-dvd