How To Install MakeMKV on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install MakeMKV on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MakeMKV on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, MakeMKV is a format converter, otherwise called “transcoder”. It converts the video clips from the proprietary (and usually encrypted) discs into a set of MKV files, preserving most information but not changing it in any way. It is easy to use an MKV converter for your needs.

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 MakeMKV 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, 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 MakeMKV 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
sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https dirmngr ca-certificates gnupg2 curl

Step 2. Installing MakeMKV on Ubuntu 20.04.

By default, MakeMKV is not available on Ubuntu 20.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to add the MakeMKV repository on your Ubuntu system:

echo 'deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/makemkv.gpg] bullseye main' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/makemkv.list

Next, import the GPG key:

sudo gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring /usr/share/keyrings/makemkv.gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 9E5738E866C5E6B2

Finally, update the apt packages and install MakeMKV using the following command below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install makemkv-oss makemkv-bin

Step 3. Accessing MakeMKV on Ubuntu.

Once successfully installed, run the following path on your desktop to open the path: Activities -> Show Applications -> MakeMKV

Install MakeMKV on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

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