Installing HandBrake 1.0.3 on Ubuntu 16.10 / 17.04

HandBrake is one of the best open source tools for transcoding and converting video files. This program lets you convert nearly every video format from one form to another. So, if you have a video file that is in a format you’re having trouble playing, convert it to another widely supported codecs to play it.

This brief tutorial is going to show you how to easily install HandBrake on Ubuntu 16.10 / 17.04 and other future versions of Ubuntu.

A new version of HandBrake (1.0.3) was recently released.. with boat load of new and enhanced features. Some of the video codes supported by HandBrake are listed below:

  • File Containers: .MP4(.M4V) and .MKV
  • Video Encoders: H.265 (x265 and QuickSync), H.264(x264 and QuickSync), H.265 MPEG-4 and MPEG-2, VP8, VP9 and Theora
  • Audio Encoders: AAC / HE-AAC, MP3, Flac, AC3, or Vorbis
  • Audio Pass-thru: AC-3, E-AC3, DTS, DTS-HD, TrueHD, AAC and MP3 tracks

Follow the steps below to install HandBrake.

Step 1: Adding HandBrake Repository

In order to install HandBrake on Ubuntu, you must first add its PPA Repository. To add the PPA to your systems, run open the terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T), and run the commands below.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases

Next, run the commands below to update your system. You should always update Ubuntu after adding a new package repository.

sudo apt-get update

Step 2: Installing HandBrake

After adding HandBrake PPA repository and updating your systems, run the commands below to install it.

sudo apt install handbrake-gtk

After installing, go to Ubuntu Dash and search HandBrake to launch.

Step 3: Uninstalling HandBrake

If you decide not to use HandBrake anymore, you can run the commands below to remove the package from your system.

sudo apt remove handbrake-gtk && sudo apt autoremove

This is how one installs HandBrake on Ubuntu.

installing handbrake on ubuntu

Hope this helps and please come back soon.

Enjoy!