How To Install HandBrake on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install HandBrake on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install HandBrake on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Handbrake is a video transcoder for converting video from one format to another format and is available for Linux,macOS X, and windows. The open-source, multi-threaded HandBrake can be effectively used for the conversion of DVD-Videos into other formats. This program (HandBrake) supports major video formats like MP4, MKV, H.264, MPEG-4, or other formats.

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 through the step-by-step installation of the HandBrake open-source video converter on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • 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 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

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

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing HandBrake on Ubuntu 20.04.

Now we add the official PPA repository:

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

After that, install the HandBrake Command Line (handbrake-cli) and GUI (handbrake-gtk):

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

Step 3. Accessing HandBrake on Ubuntu.

Once successfully installed, 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.

Install HandBrake on Ubuntu 20.04

Congratulations! You have successfully installed HandBrake. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the HandBrake video converter on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official HandBrake website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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