How To Install HandBrake 0.9.9 On Debian Jessie, Debian Sid And Debian Wheezy

Edit: Due to the fact that this article is old, the installation instructions may not work anymore. In order to successfully install the latest version of HandBrake, please access the handbrake tag and open the latest article (the one on top).

The latest installation instructions for HandBrake

Hello Linux Geeksters. For those who don’t know, HandBrake is an open-source multiplatform multithreaded video transcoder. It is used for converting DVD or Bluray discs to formats like MP4, MKV, H.264, MPEG-4 or other formats. You can also encode audio files like AAC, MP3, Flac, AC3 etc. The latest version available is HandBrake 0.9.9. how to install HandBrake 0.9.9 on Debian Jessie, Debian Sid and Debian Wheezy.In this article I will show you how to install HandBrake 0.9.9 on Debian Jessie, Debian Sid and Debian Wheezy.

For Debian Sid, HandBrake 0.9.9 is available via repository, so installing it is easy. All you have to do is:

$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb sid main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install handbrake

For Debian Jessie and Debian Wheezy, there is no deb package of HandBrake 0.9.9 available, so we have to install it from sources. Follow the above instructions exactly, in order to get a successful installation:

Install the needed dependencies:

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential subversion yasm build-essential autoconf libtool zlib1g-dev libbz2-dev libogg-dev libtheora-dev libvorbis-dev libsamplerate-dev libxml2-dev libfribidi-dev libfreetype6-dev libfontconfig1-dev libass-dev intltool libglib2.0-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev libgtk2.0-dev libgudev-1.0-dev libwebkit-dev libnotify-dev libgstreamer0.10-dev libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-dev libappindicator-dev

Get the HandBrake 0.9.9 sources from SVN and cd to the newly downloaded folder:

$ svn checkout svn:// hb-trunk
$ cd hb-trunk

Do the needed configurations:

$ ./configure --enable-ff-mpeg2 --enable-fdk-aac --arch=x86_64 --optimize=speed

Compile and install HandBrake 0.9.9:

$ cd build
$ make
$ sudo make install

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4 comments on “How To Install HandBrake 0.9.9 On Debian Jessie, Debian Sid And Debian Wheezy
  1. Ian says:

    Worked a charm – Cheers !

  2. Lindon says:

    Worked fine thanks. Worth noting that this installs two programs – HandBrakeCLI for the command line, and ghb (the GTK version).

  3. Tommy says:

    Hey great writeup! I’ve had problems getting handbrake to work on my Debian-stable workstation. It just segfaults. So I’ll be trying out your instructions soon, after the new Wheezy installation is finished (upgrading to Sid in order to get handbrake to work is an extremely bad idea)

    • Tommy says:

      UPDATE: The instructions worked perfectly. The build process took probably 3 to 4 minutes, which might be more than some folks are expecting–but I would tell them to just be patient. It also might be useful to point out that the “(fail)” message about xcode and lipo are not relevant to Linux and nothing to worry about when you run the ./configure command. Thanks again for sharing this. This was a big help.

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