Best Free DVD Ripper


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While a CD ripper is commonly used for copying raw digital audio from a CD to a file encoded in MP3 or other audio formats, a DVD ripper is usually used for copying the audio and video content of a DVD to a file encoded in AVI, MP4, MPEG, WMV or other video formats. The ripped file saves in a hard disk or other media device for further editing, backup, sharing or playback without the need to load a DVD.

If you have a collection of DVD movies or music videos and want to extract a chapter or make a full backup copy from a DVD to a video file in selected format, these are the free DVD rippers you might be looking for.

After testing several free DVD rippers, I find it’s really hard to say which one is the best. Perhaps A supports numerous outputs. But it only rips part of the protected DVDs. Maybe B is powerful enough to rip the latest protected DVDs. However, the features are difficult to understand for beginners. Hence, you are welcome to comment below with your own experience. Let’s work together to make this category better and better.


Handbrake: open-source DVD ripper with presets for iPod, iPhone, iPad and Apple TV
HandBrakeHandBrake is an open source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded DVD ripper or video transcoder, available for Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. The latest version was released on Feb.11, 2016. According to its official news, the update that Handbrake implements this year is mainly about bug fixes and some performance improvements.

Handbrake transforms your DVD to an MP4 file which is compatible with a wide range of media players. It also supports ripping DVD to a MKV file. A very great feature is Handbrake is designed with preset profiles for Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, Android and WP8. Moreover, it provides numerous video and audio parameter settings for users to alter file size and video quality.

However, unencrypted-protection methods including CSS are not supported internally and must be handled externally with third-party software which helps break the copy protection so HandBrake can read the DVD.

Alternatively, you can also combine libdvdcss with HandBrake in order to read a DVD that uses CSS. What you need to do is to get the necessary dll file by downloading a DVD player that is based on it. Browse the installation folder of your DVD player and copy the libdvdcss dll file to the HankBrake installation folder. Rename the file to libdvdcss.dll and restart HandBrake.

WinX DVD Ripper: fast rip DVD to MP4 WMV MPEG Music iPod iPhone Android HTC Samsung
WinX DVD RipperWinX DVD Ripper is another Windows-based DVD ripper freeware that is kept up to date. If you think Handbrake is complicated to handle (some users do) and has limited output video formats, WinX is more straightforward which supports ripping DVD to MP4, WMV, MPEG, MOV, FLV and Music (MP3). What you need to do is import your DVD disc or folder, choose an output file and hit "Start". No third-party codec package is needed.

In addition, WinX DVD Ripper has plenty of preconfigured profiles for not only iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, but also PSP, HTC and Samsung. Each profile represents different video quality and file size. You can use the default settings or customize profile for your Apple/Android device by adjusting video and audio parameters.

A tip: The "Video Quality" is namely the output file video bitrate. Increasing the “Video Quality” will increase the output file size and image quality.

How about its decryption ability? Based on test, it supports encrypted DVDs. I find a few negative comments below saying this ripper cannot rip DVDs at all. True? The fact is if you load DVD by clicking Folder, it will do! I tested John Cater and it ripped the DVD fast and smoothly. But when it comes to DVDs encrypted by strong protection system, the program will tell you that it is not able to read them. There are two options: 1. Upgrade to its Platinum edition (paid). 2. Use other programs to remove the copy protection, and then make use of WinX.

DVDFab HD Decrypter: clone DVD to hard drive, two copy modes available
 DVDFab HD Decrypter DVDFab HD Decrypter , as its name indicates, enables you to remove DVD protections and copy the DVD content to hard drive. Considering this article is about freeware, it’s necessary to point it out this HD Decrypter is just a free portion of the DVDFab application. Due to this reason, it looks like a "big" program. But actually it is very easy to handle.

You can use the two intelligent Copy modes built in DVDFab (the free parts) to either copy the full disc or just copy the main movie. The first one copies everything the DVD has (including menus, trailer, extras, etc) while the second one only rips the movie itself. You need to purchase its other advanced features in order to output more formats, such as ripping DVD to MP4, WMV, iPhone, iPad, etc.

DVDFab HD Decrypter only copies SOME old DVDs as its official web page states. But how it copies SOME DVDs might be inconsistent. You will need to try out the program with what you have available as success can vary.

DVD Shrink: easy-to-use solution for shrinking original DVDs onto recordable media
DVD ShrinkAnother alternative is DVD Shrink . It is able to rip DVD to your hard drive as video files or as an ISO image. Then you can burn the output files by integrating with Nero or other DVD burning software. What makes this program unique is its ability to compress DVD data to the standard 4.7-gig DVD. You will rarely, if ever, notice any decrease in video quality.

The latest version was built in 2004. The UI looks "unfashionable" today. But personally, I like its considerate and friendly design very much. It lists the DVD structure including Menus, Main Movie and Unreferenced Materials. This means you can easily choose which parts of the DVD you want to include for ripping and shrinking. It’s a nice feature for you to leave out unwanted bonus features, audio data for languages, etc.

DVD Shrink offers built-in decryption algorithms to “read” encrypted DVDs. Unfortunately, as it stopped updating in 2004, some recent copy protection methods are not supported. I tested Transformers 2 and UP. It freezed when analyzing the DVD info. Non-encrypted DVDs work perfectly.

Format Factory: rip DVDs and mucis CDs to video file as well as create ISO images
Format FactoryFormat Factory also won votes from us. The strongest point of this program lies in its support of converting numerous file formats, including video to video, audio to audio, DVD to video, and also image to image. The latest version supports 62 different languages which further makes it a global application.

This program supports converting videos to mobile devices as can be seen on the top of the Video column on the left side. 20+ mobile devices or mobile device compatible formats are available, including Apple, Sony, Google, Nokia, etc. It's really convenient for some folks who wanna playing various videos on their portable devices. (However, when loading ISO file as source video, it failed.)

In addition to converting videos, FormatFactory also acts as a DVD/CD ripper. But the output format seems a little bit limited. It only supports ripping DVD to ISO/CSO file. What's more, it can’t rip DVDs with CSS according to my test. (But perhaps it supports some old CSS protected DVDs, I guess.)

Freemake Video Converter: multifunctional media converter to rip DVD to AVI, MP4, WMW, MKV, MPEG
Freemake Video ConverterSomeone suggests adding Freemake Video Converter to the review list. When talking about this freeware, I must firstly mention its all-round video converting features. It supports 200+ input videos which cover almost all popular video formats users would require. Besides converting from one video format to another, it's also capable of converting videos to portable devices, such as iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android, PSP, Blackberry, etc. By Pasting URL, you can convert online videos from 50+ sites. That's really an impressive feature to simplify the converting task.

But when comes to another ability – ripping DVD, I’m afraid, this application is not all satisfying. It can rip DVD to AVI, WMV, MP4, MPEG, MKV, FLV, SWF, 3GP, but it doesn't support encrypted DVDs. It crashes on almost all my commercial DVDs such as UP and Thor.

I feel sorry if this review doesn't fit "the Best Free DVD Ripper" category. I just personally wish the developer can improve its DVD ripping function and make it as powerful as its video conversion ability.

MP4 - The recommended best output format for most people

You may ask which output format is the best. What I do recommend for most of you is MP4. Note that "Most of you" do not include people who need absolute 1:1 copy of DVD with no loss of quality at all, meaning big file size, for example exceeding 10GB, should be acceptable as well.

MP4 is currently the most popular video format, so to speak. But why? Suppose you have a 7.84GB Disney movie DVD. Rip DVD to MPG and you get a 6.79GB output file, while ripping DVD to MP4, it outputs a 1.81GB video file. Play both video clips on your desktop computer, and you'll find that the MPG one really looks fantastic, just the same as the original. And then the MP4 one, it looks great as well and like there is no quality loss. How did that happen?

Here is the thing:
1. MP4 (H.264) is mainly known for its compression algorithm. In other words, it reaches the best balance between visual quality and file size, which also makes it a perfect option for online streaming (good quality, smaller size).
2. Secondly, it is playable on, by and large, all players and devices, especially portable devices, your iPhone, iPad, Android mobiles, Microsoft devices, TVs, etc.
3. If a DVD ripper software has only one output sets, mostly it would be MP4. For those who know little about video formats and complex adjustable parameter settings, a free and simple DVD to MP4 ripper will serve you well. Given its own superiority and the ability to cater to end user's wishes and keep up with new trends (online stream), I personally believe MP4 is the best output format for most of you. How do you think?

Other freeware products to be reviewed:

  • DVD Catalyst helps you remove the copy protection on the disc and convert your DVD movie to various popular formats.
  • Free DVD MP3 Ripper, extracts audio from DVD, VCD/SVCD and MPEG (MPEG-1, MPEG-2) files into MP3.
  • FreeStar Free DVD Ripper, rips DVDs to VCD, SVCD, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AVI, DivX, and XviD formats.
  • MakeMKV, DVD and Blu-ray ripper
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Quick Selection Guide


Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Good quality in transcoded video, supports multi-platform, small file size.
Slow speed in transcoding. It doesn't rip protected DVDs unless you pair it with third-party tools.
13.63 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware

The current version no longer works on Power PC (PPC). The developers also remove FDK AAC from its binary releases.

DVDFab HD Decrypter

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Nicely remove DVD protections and copy DVD to hard drive.
Lack of commonly used output videos such as MP4, WMV, MPEG, etc.
72.5 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware

WinX DVD Ripper

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Built with plenty of preconfigured profiles for popular Apple/Android devices. Fast ripping speed.
The profile for AVI is removed in the latest version.
11.7 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware

DVD Shrink

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Ripping and shrinking DVDs, built-in decryption algorithms.
The program is no longer supported by the developer.
1 MB
Unrestricted freeware

Format Factory

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Support nearly all video file formats. Rip DVD to video file. Rip Music CD to audio file.
Ads on interface. Doesn’t support CSS encrypted DVDs.
45 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware

Freemake Video Converter

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Support nearly all video file formats. Convert DVD to video files. Burn DVD/Blu-ray.
Doesn’t support encrypted DVDs. Installer is bundled with potentially unwanted components. Care is needed to avoid these during the install process.
26.95 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.

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Your review needs to be updated. The WinX DVD program is no longer free, at least as being reasonably useful. Now it won't let you copy anything more than a 5 minute video with the free version and requires that you buy it to do anything more than that. That makes the free version completely unusable for copying anything to any usable form.

Congrats Techsupportalert! The new design of your website is awesome! heartwinkdevil

HandBrake 0.10.0 has been released (2014.11.22); feature highlights can be found at .

Thanks! The review has been updated.

Handbrake's website make a BIG point of its NOT being a "dvd ripper." It insists it is a "video transcoder" --- because it doesn't rip copyright protected DVDs. Your article accurately states that it doesn't rip encoded DVDs, but maybe the head should also be changed to say "video transcoder" instead of ripper?

Looks like Freemake Video Converter includes PUPs.

Virtually all software containing "converter" in the tile will used a wrapped installer of contain unwanted components so the best approach is to process every such installation on this basis. There is more information about this at the link below. MC - Site Manager.

*Maybe* that could be made clearer in the article? I sent a friend to this page and they didn't pick up on it.

Thank you for your feedback. I have now added this to the product details. MC - Site Manager.

My expeience with WinX DVD Ripper was a failure. I only got to test non-encrypted disks, and it had no problem doing the job - the files were produced and I viewed them - but the program just hanged at "99% completed", and there was no way of shutting it down. Had to reboot. This problem consisted the several times I tried it. Uninstalled it - and then the uninstaller (having completed uninstallation) just hanged... At least I managed to shut it down without having to reboot.
I'm going back to the the HandBrake & DVDFab Passkey combo that has served me very well on my previous system (all Win 7 64-bit).

The review on WinX DVD Ripper has been updated. Some readers here complain that this ripper cannnot rip encrypted DVDs at all. But if you load the movie by clicking Folder, it will do. :) However, it doesn't support strongly encrypted DVDs. How to judge? I'm not sure. Just try it yourself. In addtion, DVDFab changed their marketing strategy recently. One of the changes is: DVDFab HD Decrypter "Copy just some old DVDs/Blu-rays" Maybe they've changed it for a long time? I tested it with an old Disney movie UP and it worked well. My new DVDs will arrive soon and I'll test it later. The review will be updated accordingly.
Thanks for the update :).
DVDFab HD Decrypter has been removed from this article because the website was blocked according to news.

I tried uRex Free DVD Ripper and in my limited testing it works great! I had an instructional DVD and tried to rip it with WinX DVD Ripper. The result was unreadable by any of the media players I had (e.g., Windows Media Player, Media Player Classic).

uRex hasn't failed me yet. It appears to be just as easy to use as WinX DVD Ripper, only it works!

For basic ripping needs, it's fine, but the free version does not rip to HD videos, doesn't support latest encrypted DVDs, and doesn't you use a custom profile. Some users may find limitations with these.

Thanks for the heads up. I've only had limited experience with uRex.

DVDAux was noticed in the comments so I’ll add my experience with it.

The tests were conducted using a Win-XP-Pro-SP3 system (4 GB of RAM) with an ordinary video card, not one that accelerates video processing. VLC Media Player was used for playback.

Keep in mind DVDAux is version 1.0.0 so it is work in process. Here is what was discovered:

1) No “Support Forum” was located for DVDAux and no support email was found – not a good sign. There is full set of tutorials, actually more than needed, which were listed exhaustively to make locating conversion to any format easy.

2) An encrypted DVD movie was ripped to the hard drive to get the VIDEO_TS folder with its .IFO, .VOB etc. contents. The source was an encrypted (protected) DVD-DL with 7+ GB of material.

3) DVDAux was quite slow (57 min) compared to DVDFAB Passkey Lite (11 min) – both free programs. Both programs used 4-9% of CPU (quad Intel CPU from 2006).

4) DVDAux has a nice menu to select the titles you want to rip. It identified titles 1 through 3 and 13 through 16. Title 1 is the main movie where some problems are noted later. The first time the program was run it converted 30 of 37 files. The ones it excluded were very small .VOB files that would not be used when the converting the movie to another format, and so no loss.

5) Another program, Freemake Video Converter, displayed 20 titles. Again the ones missing from DVDAux were throw-away titles, but it is better when the user decides what to keep or toss.

6) DVDAux was run again and produced the correct 37 of 37 files.

There were other reasons for running DVDAux a 2nd time:

7) The DVD and the VIDEO_TS folder on the hard drive each contain 21 movie files (.VOB):
* Title 1 = Main Movie: 7 files (VTS_01_0.VOB through VTS_01_6.VOB).
VTS_01_0.VOB contains the DVD selection menu
VTS_01_1.VOB through VTS_01_6.VOB are the movie itself
* Titles 2-3, 13-16 = Other Titles: outtakes, interviews, etc. - Ignore these.

A problem was noted with VTS_01_3.VOB in the main movie, which has the director’s commentary over top of the movie audio. This effectively masked the movie soundtrack underneath, and it was present on both rips of the DVD to hard drive by DVDAux.

The expected audio (no commentary) was heard on same file ripped using DVDFab Passkey Lite.

8) Another file in the Main Movie ripped by DVDAux, VTS_01_6.VOB, had French audio instead of English. This was odd because English was selected in the DVDAux menu. It was the only non-English file, but this would ruin about 20 minutes of the movie for non-French speaking movie viewers. No way was found to work around this.

DVDFab Passkey Lite has no selections, but everything ripped to the hard drive as expected.

9) Some tests were done to rip the selected titles to .mp4 and .avi formats. Since the content on the hard drive for DVDAux was not considered suitable, the files ripped by DVDFab Passkey Lite were substituted instead. Both the mp4 and avi files had unwanted subtitles and no way was found to turn them OFF.

The presence of the subtitles is a function of the way DVDAux gathers the files together. The .VOB source files alone have no subtitles.

10) DVDAux has an oddity part nice and part not so much. The nice part is the “open” button on the main screen. This opens the selected folder. Conveniently located just to the left of it is another button labeled “…” that allows selection of new folder, good so far. However when this button is clicked the Folder Window that opens has no selection to “Add a New Folder” so it is necessary to cancel the folder selection and open up the folder first, create a new folder and then select using the “…” button. This is pretty minor, just not intuitive or convenient.

This same window does not remember the last folder opened. Instead the top level menu with Desktop, My Documents, My Computer etc. appears. It requires drilling down through the folders again instead of starting from the one last used.

11) DVDAux should provide an estimate to complete the conversion and report the actual elapsed conversion time. The file size is estimated in the main window as each title is selected.

Overall, DVDAux may become quite useful as it matures. It needs some basic functions fixed and will need to add more features to let the user control operation. An avenue for user feedback is needed

Thank you for a very complete and nicely done review, I have tryed all the programs and as so many times before I have returned to Handbrake.
As it does a great and fast job with almost every encoding.

I’m attempting to upload some video clips from a DVD produced by a Samsung Digital Cam. The DVD contains a number of Titles (.BUP/.IFO/.VOB files), each in turn containing a number of Chapters.

I used Freemake to convert the clips to MP4 format on my HDD, but each Title then appeared to consist of only one Chapter, the 1st in each Title.

What product can I use to extract the full content of each Title, or alternatively extract a separate file for each Chapter?