How To Install HandBrake on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Install HandBrake on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install HandBrake on your Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, HandBrake is a popular video transcoding tool that will convert video files into numerous different video and audio formats so they can be used on a number of supported devices.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the HandBrake open-source video transcoder on the Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver server.

HandBrake Features

  • Convert Video from any format.
  • Built-in device presets e.g. iPhone, iPad, AppleTV, Android, etc.
  • Ability to process DVD and BlueRay sources.
  • File Containers: .MP4(.M4V) and .MKV.
  • Video Encoders: H.264(x264), H.265(x265) MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 (libav), VP8 (libvpx) and Theora.
  • 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.
  • Title / Chapter selection.
  • Subtitles (VobSub, Closed Captions CEA-608, SSA, SRT).
  • Video Filters: Deinterlacing, Decomb, Denoise, Detelecine, Deblock, Grayscale, Cropping, and scaling.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install HandBrake on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing HandBrake.

First, you’ll need to add Handbrake’s PPA (personal package archive) to your system:

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

Then run the commands below to update Ubuntu and install HandBrake:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli

Once installed, next you can start HandBrake by searching for it Unity Dash. If the app icon doesn’t show up, try logging out and logging back in.

If you decide that you don’t want HandBrake apps installed anymore, run the commands below to remove the package:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases

Congratulations! You have successfully installed HandBrake. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing HandBrake open-source video transcoder in Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official HandBrake website.

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