HandBrake 1.0.3 Has Been Released

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

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 1.0.3, which brings only bug-fixes and stability improvements.

All platforms:

  • Fixed H.264 decoding using Libav where the initial GOP was dropped
  • Fixed 2-pass x265 encoding where the source header incorrectly specifies frame rate
  • Fixed 2-pass encoding with bob deinterlace and constant frame rate
  • Fixed a seek issue in Libav while reading MKV sources with embedded subtitles
  • Fixed multiple issues preventing Libav from opening WMV sources properly
  • Fixed miscellaneous issues in Libav
  • Fixed memory leaks in OpenCL
  • Improved sync for streams delayed by a large amount


  • Fixed a Libav crash encoding AAC at very high bitrates
  • Fixed a potential hang in Libav while decoding AAC
  • Improved Libav audio sync with MP4 sources containing edit lists
  • Improved mapping of single channel layouts to single channel layouts


  • Fixed a potential crash when selecting video encoders
  • Fixed various controls not applying values properly

Installation instructions:

Up to date handbrake packages are available via some third party PPA, so installing the software and keeping it up to date on Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint 18.x, Linux Mint 17.x and derivative systems is easy. Just add the PPA to your system, update the local repository index and install the handbrake-gtk or handbrake-cli packages, depending on what you need to install:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk

Or, to install only the command-line tool, do:

$ sudo apt-get install handbrake-cli

Optional, to remove handbrake, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove handbrake*

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