Five Best DVD Ripping Tools

Five Best DVD Ripping Tools

If you want to take your movies with you on the road or ditch your physical discs to save space, you’ll need to rip them first. Thankfully, there are plenty of great utilities designed to make the process easy and give you files that are playable on any device you choose. Here are five of the best, based on your nominations.

MakeMKV (Windows/Mac/Linux)

praised MakeMKV before

DVDFab HD (Windows/Mac)

Handbrake (Windows/Mac/Linux)

AnyDVD/AnyDVD HD (Windows)

DVDShrink (Windows)


An honourable mention this week goes out to DVD Decrypter. The app has been around since 2005, and even though development was halted and the project shut down, mirrors (such as the one linked above) carry on its legacy.

Have something to say about one of the contenders? Want to make the case for your personal favourite, even if it wasn’t included in the list?


  • It’s been almost ten years since I was last in this game, but I recall a very involved multi-stage process involving at least three separate programs. One-click programs? Unheard of.

    • Yes, it used to be more complicated than it was. You sometimes had to start playback of a DVD, pause, then kick into your backup program. Then de-multiplex the video and audio, convert the audio, compress the video and then multiplex the audio and video. It was a bugridden process.

      These days, I swear by AnyDVDHD. These guys update this the whole time – for any protection. If you want the guaranteed way to rip a BluRay.

      The best song that discusses piracy is Weird Al Yankovic’s Don’t Download This Song, “‘Cause you start out stealing songs, and then you’re robbing liquor stores, And selling crack and running over school kids with your car …”

      Remember: piracy, or even circumventing security is illegal!!

  • Yeah, thumbs up for DVDFab. Been using it for years and it does everything including removing DRM and the plethora of language and subtitle files. As a sign of the times though, because I use “Quickflix” I rarely bother to hire physical DVD’s any more, only when something is worth watching a couple of times do I do that now.

  • Sorry but ” Freemake ” is the best so far , it gives an option to use GPU for conversion , which is like turbo on a Snail . and you can get some other goodies from their site as well all free

  • Guys, DVD shrink was halted because Sony was going to sue the crap out of the guy who developed it. As part of the deal… Sony acquired the source, recompiled and included a nice little usage tracker. I don’t know if that is the same version linked above, but netmon will soon tell you.

  • I used Xilisoft DVD Ripper on a mates computer to back up some of my DVD’s and it worked an absolute treat, it used both Cuda and whatever AMD uses to accelerate the conversion, considering he had a GTX 670 it took about half a day to do 4 seasons of the Simpsons and about 10 movies.

    I haven’t used DVD Shrink in years, last time i used it hardly any dvd’s actually worked, i read somewhere about companies changed the encryption but i dont know if thats true or not.

  • Come on, Lifehacker. Please get your facts right before posting. DVD Decrypter didn’t arrive in 2005. It started as a GUI for DeCSS back when Napster was still around. It died as a project June 4th, 2005 (I still have the email from L_UK!) after legal action was brought against it by Macrovision. L_UK! released the beta of ImgBurn (called ImgBuilder v0.0.0.1) in August 2005. In September 2005 the ImgBurn forums opened. In October 2005 the first public release of Imgburn was made available.

    In short, ImgBurn has been around since 2005. DVD Decrypter started around mid 2000.

    Ex-DVD Decrypter and current ImgBurn beta tester.

  • I bought a stack of 100 DVD’s at the beginning of 2012. That stack has not once been touched since then.

    I do use DVDFAB for ripping BDs and have used it for bypassing protection which the old DVD Shrink has failed with. So yes that gets my recommendation.

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