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How To Install HandBrake on Ubuntu 24.04 LTS

Install HandBrake on Ubuntu 24.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install HandBrake on Ubuntu 24.04 LTS. HandBrake is a versatile, cross-platform video transcoding application that supports a wide range of input and output formats. It is designed to help users convert video files from various sources, such as DVDs, Blu-rays, and digital video files, into more modern and web-friendly formats like MP4 and WebM. HandBrake offers a user-friendly interface for beginners and advanced features for experienced users, making it a go-to choice for video transcoding on Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms.

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 video transcoder on Ubuntu 24.04 (Noble Numbat). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.


Before installing HandBrake on Ubuntu 24.04 LTS, ensure your system meets the following requirements:

  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • At least 4 GB of RAM and 20 GB of free disk space.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies.
  • An Ubuntu 24.04 system with root access or a user with sudo privileges.

Install HandBrake on Ubuntu 24.04 LTS Noble Numbat

Step 1. Updating the Package Repository.

Before proceeding, it’s essential to update your system’s package lists to ensure you have access to the latest available packages. Open the terminal and run the following command:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

The apt update command refreshes the package list, while apt upgrade installs the available updates. This step helps resolve any dependency issues and provides access to the latest security patches and bug fixes.

Step 2. Installing HandBrake on Ubuntu 24.04.

  • Method 1: Installing HandBrake via Ubuntu PPA

A PPA (Personal Package Archive) is a repository containing software packages maintained by the community. To add the HandBrake PPA, run the following command in the terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/handbrake

After adding the PPA, it is crucial to update the package list to ensure that your system is aware of the newly available packages. Run the following command to update the package list:

sudo apt update

With the package list updated, you can now proceed to install HandBrake. Run the following command in the terminal:

sudo apt install handbrake

If you prefer to install only the command-line version of HandBrake, use this command instead:

sudo apt install handbrake-cli

To verify that HandBrake has been installed correctly, check the installed version by running the following command:

handbrake --version

Once the installation is complete, you can launch HandBrake from the application menu by searching for “HandBrake” or by running the following command in the terminal:


Install HandBrake on Ubuntu 24.04 LTS Noble Numbat

  • Method 2: Installing HandBrake via Flatpak

Flatpak is a package management system that allows users to install and run applications in a sandboxed environment. To install Flatpak on Ubuntu 24.04 LTS, run the following command in the terminal:

sudo apt install flatpak

For older versions of Ubuntu, you may need to add the Flatpak PPA before installing it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:flatpak/stable
sudo apt update
sudo apt install flatpak

Flathub is the primary repository for Flatpak applications. To add the Flathub repository, run the following command:

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

With Flatpak and the Flathub repository set up, you can now install HandBrake using the following command:

sudo flatpak install flathub fr.handbrake.ghb

To verify the installation of HandBrake via Flatpak, run the following command:

flatpak info fr.handbrake.ghb

To launch HandBrake installed via Flatpak, run the following command in the terminal:

flatpak run fr.handbrake.ghb

Congratulations! You have successfully installed HandBrake. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the HandBrake video transcoder on the Ubuntu 24.04 LTS system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the 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 idroot.us, 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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