How to Install Handbrake (open-source video transcoder) on Ubuntu 20.04 Linux

Handbrake is a free and open-source video converter. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. It supports the most modern codec. You can use it to process the most common multimedia files, DVD or Blu Ray sources that are not copyrighted.

Below are some of the prominent features.


  • Free and Open Source
  • Support modern code
  • Cross-Platform ( Available for Windows, Mac and Linux)
  • Built-in Device Presets
  • Outputs Codec supported
    • File Containers: .MP4(.M4V) and .MKV
    • Video Encoders: H.265 (x265 and QuickSync), H.264(x264 and QuickSync), H.265 MPEG-4 and MPEG-VP8, VP9 and Theora
    • Audio Encoders: AAC / HE-AAC, MP3, Flac, AC3, or Vorbis
    • Audio Pass-thru: AC-3, E-AC3, DTS, DTS-HD, TrueHD, AAC and MP3 track
  • Batch Scan and Queueing of encodes
  • Subtitles (VobSub, Closed Captions CEA-608, SSA, SRT)
  • Constant Quality or Average Bitrate Video Encoding
  • Support for VFR and CFR
  • Video Filters: Deinterlacing, Decomb, Denoise, Detelecine, Deblock, Grayscale, Cropping and scaling
  • Live Static and Video Preview

Refer official handbrake feature page for further details.

How to Install Handbrake (open-source video transcoder) on Ubuntu 20.04 Linux

Download HandBrake

As mentioned above it is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. You can download the handbrake from the official page.

download handbrake for Windows, Mac and Linux

Supported OS

  • Mac OS X 10.11 and later
  • Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 64 bit only. Available as a portable app as well.
  • Linux – Ubuntu, and Debian-based Linux Distros. Supports flatpack for other Linux distros.

The source code is also available for download. Developers can even contribute to its development on the Handbrake Github page.

Install Handbrake on Ubuntu 20.04 Linux Distro

Handbrake is available in Ubuntu’s default software repository. Just open the software manager and search for Handbrake and install the software.

Follow the below steps to install handbrake using the classic apt-get command.

Login to Ubuntu System and open terminal(CTRL + ALT + T). Run below command to add official PPA to your system.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases

Update the repository.

sudo apt-get update

Install gtk gui with the command

sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk

Install the CLI with the command

sudo apt-get install handbrake-cli

That’s it. This completes the installation.

Navigate to Application and search for Handbrake. Click to open it. Below is the default interface.

handbrake dashboard


Go ahead and install Handbrake and convert videos from one format to another. Useful for Youtube videos.

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