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The best free DVD rippers copy all your discs quickly and easily

With a free DVD ripper, you can back up your movie collection and save it digitally for easy and convenient streaming around your home.

The best free DVD ripper is Handbrake – an open source tool that can save movies in virtually any format, with no limits on the number of files you can back up, or the length of the videos. However, it can't handle discs protected by DRM, so we've also gathered together a collection of other free DVD rippers with different feature sets, so you can choose the best one for you.

Some DVD rippers are better suited to ripping movies, keeping subtltles, menus and other details intact, while others work best for ripping other data.

Just remember to make sure to check intellectual property law in your country first before you rip those DVDs. Much like CDs, there are no international copyright laws that cover free DVD rippers, so make sure it's legal where you live.

The best DVD ripper overall is WinX DVD Ripper Platinum
If you're interested in backing up your DVD collection and don't want to be held back by time restrictions or slow processing, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is the best tool we've tried. It isn't free like the tools below, but you get a lot for your money, and it can even handle discs that are encrypted, region-locked or unplayable. It can create videos files for playback on virtually any device too, with handy preset profiles so you can watch your favorite movies on a phone or tablet.

1. HandBrake

Rip DVDs and convert videos to any format

Operating system: Windows, macOS, Linux

Rips DVDs and converts video files
Can queue up multiple conversions
Includes ready-made presets

HandBrake is not only a free DVD ripper (or video transcoder, as it prefers to be known) but also open source, so it's totally free in every sense of the word.

More than a decade in the making, the software finally reached version , It is – or at least looks – a little more complicated that some of the others we're looking at here, but don’t let that put you off. By default there's no support for bypassing copy-protection, but this is something you can get around with a little research (bearing in mind IP laws in your country).

As with other programs, there are a number of presets ready for you to choose from, but you can also manually tailor each ripping session if you prefer. If you're working with ISO images or disc folders, it's possible to queue up multiple encoding jobs to run consecutively to save having to be around when each finishes. The sheer level of control makes HandBrake well worth a try.

Read our full HandBrake review

2. Freemake Video Converter

DVD ripping made easy, with step-by-step instructions

Operating system: Windows

Can rip a whole DVD or just parts
Ready made device profiles
Some features require activation

Freemake is a name synonymous with powerful, high quality freeware, and Freemake Video Converter doesn't let the side down. Its free DVD ripper boasts a clean, clear interface is a joy to use, and you're never left feeling in any doubt about what you're meant to do.

Fire up the software, switch to the DVD section and choose your drive from the list. After disc analysis you'll need to indicate which of the video track you're interested in. You can even take things a step further and clip out segments of a video to rip rather than grabbing the whole thing. Shortcuts at the bottom of the screen provide access to popular output formats (AVI, MKV, device-specific formats); just make your selection, hit 'Convert', and you're done.

Unfortunately, although it doesn't contain extra bundled software, the latest version of Freemake Video Converter adds a watermark to ripped videos. If you can live with that, it's one of the most convenient DVD rippers around.

Read our full Freemake Video Converter review

3. MakeMKV

Rip DVDs and Blu-rays without any awkward configuration

Operating system: Windows, macOS

Few customization options

If you've used free DVD ripping software before, MakeMKV might look a little familiar – it bears more than a passing resemblance to DVD Decrypter. As well as handling DVDs, the program, is also capable of ripping Blu-ray discs, and the process works in exactly the same way in each case (although it's worth noting that Blu-ray ripping is only be free while the program is in beta).

The great thing about MakeMKV is that there is so little to think about. Fire up the program, analyze your disc, choose which of the track you would like to rip, indicate where the output file should be saved, and then hit the 'Make MKV' button. That's really all there is to it. There's no messing about, no complex configuration – just analyze, rip and go. 

Read our full MakeMKV review

4. DVDFab HD Decrypter

Limited options, but handy if you need to rip a DVD in a hurry

Operating system: Windows

Save movies in their original formats
Few customizable settings
Only ripping component is free

DVDFab is an unusual case. The full DVDFab suite isn't free of charge, but its DVD ripping component is. When you download the software, it installs as a trial version, but the DVDFab HD Decrypter – which you need for DVD and Blu-ray ripping – remains free forever.

The free portion is rather limited, allowing you to rip discs in Full Disc or Main Movie modes only. This means that the free version is nowhere near as versatile as the other programs we've covered here, but it still has its place.

For example, it can be useful if you want to extract the video files from a disc and maintain their original formats when transferring them to your hard drive. You're then free to import the files into another program for further work if you want, or just use your favorite DVD software to watch the videos without the need for a disc to be inserted.

Read our full DVDFab HD Decrypter review

When you install the free version of WinX DVD Ripper, you'll notice that it's actually the Platinum Edition in trial mode. This lacks a few of the features found in the premium version (mainly speed-related and a couple of specific DRM cracks), but you'll still have a powerful DVD ripper on your hands that you can use indefinitely.

WinX DVD Ripper can be used to rip directly from DVDs, but it also works with ISO images, and folders of DVD files. Once your input has been analyzed – a process that doesn't take long – you can take your pick from a raft of ready made profiles. These profiles help you to quickly output a video that's suitable for playback on specific mobile devices or, say, ideal for uploading to Facebook

You can choose to rip the built-in subtitles or embed your own, and you can select which audio tracks should be included; it's all beautifully simple and pleasingly fast. The software's confusing marketing might lead you to believe it can only rip five minutes of video, but after much research we can confirm that isn't the case.

Read our full WinX DVD Ripper Free Edition review

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  1. Originally Posted by vinckles
    Regarding Freemake Video Converter older versions: Version ALSO has the Freemake Logo at the finish of videos of 5 mins duration and over! I would be interested to know the version number of the Freemake Video Converter which DOES NOT have the logo, ie, the last one before the Logo was introduced, please? Does anybody know?
    I've been using Freemake Video Converter for about 7 years. It suits what I do, with a big interface and simple operation on very long recordings. I have security software which I believe safeguards me from Freemake's PUPs and other nosiness. The fact that I'm still using it is testament to how much I value it.

    I can't be exact, but around the introduction of Version4 Freemake took a serious dive in usability. The thing that affected me worst was the inability to navigate thru long recordings and cut clips along the way - now, every time you click you stop being able to see your video in motion as you scroll along the timeline to make the next cut - you have to save your selection and get the original file back up to make the next selection. (If you can't visualise what I'm talking about, I apologise, can't do better.) I reported it to Freemake as a bug, and they replied "It's not a bug, it's how it works now". Did they come up against copyright problems?

    I therefore reverted to Version3, and what I lost on the swings I more than gained on the roundabouts.

    Until !!!
    Less than a year ago Freemake stymied Version3 somehow, it will no longer work.

    Then, in December , restrictions were put on length of clips and number of clips to join, and a "waiting time" was required in the free version.


    From the website today - billox!

    This is an example of what I was seeing when I investigated speeding up:

    However, they sometimes do a very special offer where you can buy a licence for all packs for under $10 (£10), and I have managed to collect 3 such licences.

    I do wonder if Freemake's Russian owners have long-term plans to spread mayhem internationally, but I need it.

  2. Originally Posted by vinckles
    Are you saying that Freemake, today, can in someway exert an influence on the older versions of their softwares and that all the older versions starting with a '3' have now been rubbished?
    Yes, that's what I'm saying. (I was using for years.)

    Originally Posted by vinckles
    If Freemake can somehow influence and 'rubbish' the older versions, does anyone know of a simple way to prevent such an influence, please?
    It was thought that cutting it off from the internet would "prevent such an influence" but, as Joe has pointed out above, it doesn't work.

    In any case, I record live webcams 24/7 and edit files across my network (recordings made on other laptops), so disconnecting from the internet is not an option.

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Last updated by on May -

Freemake Video Converter

A stable, flexible and powerful video converter

Pros & Cons:

Great interface, very flexible, support for almost every type of conversion, easy to use.
Bundled toolbar (you can opt out, but it's a multi-click process), bundled OpenCandy.

Our Review:

The interface of Freemake Video Converter is about as polished as it gets, and the code behind the interface is stable, flexible, and powerful. Using Freemake is a linear, seamless experience with no frustration.

What I do find frustrating, however, is that the developer has now added OpenCandy to their installer. For more information about this bundled software, I recommend you read this article. Please see the last section of this review for information on how you can opt out of this.

Now, back to the awesome stuff. With Freemake, you can convert most any format of video or audio with this handy piece of freeware, along with DVD's, photos, and even web embedded media from sites like YouTube, Google, and Vimeo. There are lots of presets and quite a few options, giving the software best-in-class capabilities. The visual cues are easy to follow, pretty much guiding you from start to finish on any conversion task and providing a more user-friendly experience than most other software.

This software can make use of DXVA and CUDA (two methods of hardware accelerated encoding) to boost speeds. I was only able to use DXVA on my test computer, so you may get faster encodes with your machine. On my laptop, I had an NVidia card, and Freemake actually displayed a message recommending that I update my video card drivers to make use of CUDA acceleration.  Freemake took 39 minutes to produce its output using an Auto Bitrate setting, with a two-pass encode. It took under 15 minutes to do a one-pass encode. Handbrake took 33 minutes using a Constant Quality RF setting. The quality of all three test encodes was excellent, with no apparent difference from the original. You won't find advanced encoding settings anywhere in this interface, so if you're looking to fine-tune your output, I recommend moving on to something like Handbrake, Format Factory, or FFCoder.

I would have loved to give this software 10/10 stars, however there was one negative aspect to Freemake Video Converter: the bundled Freemake Toolbar and OpenCandy software. The toolbar is set to install by default unless you choose otherwise on the first page of the install wizard. To their credit, the Privacy Policies and/or EULA's are easily available for all bundled software. OpenCandy, on the other hand, does not have a checkbox to toggle its install.

How to install without OpenCandy

You'll have to roll up your sleeves and install from the command-line if you want to opt out of OpenCandy bundled with this software. Here's how: Hit Start, then 'Run' the install file with the /nocandy switch. It will still show you the EULA for it, however there will be an option at the very end of the install to 'not install' the software OpenCandy recommends for you. Even without the /nocandy switch, you can still uncheck the box, but for some reason the switch will trade in the check-box for 2 separate radio button choices (Yes or No). It's a lot to worry about and go through, but this software really is top-notch in most other ways.

Although their website defaults to an "online installer", they do host offline installers, available here.

Freemake Video Converter was reviewed by Gizmos Freeware on


Submitted by txtechie on

When converting from DVD format to MP4, I get A/V sync issues every time. Does not matter if acceleration is turned off, or if sourcing the DVD files directly from the DVD or after they have been copied to my hard drive. Will try Format Factor.

Submitted by Joe on

You can also try Handbrake and Video to Video Converter.

Handbrake can {probably will} also give sync problems unless you select "Constant Framerate" in the "Video" tab.

Submitted by eikelein on

Misleading name, it is NOT free!
The installer already wants money.

Submitted by csrowell on

Freemake splash branding gets added at the beginning and end of the video.

Submitted by tmak on

indeed the splash branding make it a non ideal choice

Submitted by BradG59 on

It;s the WHOLE video for me, unless you pay for premium. Uninstalling!!

Submitted by raywood on

I installed from the command line as suggested. I didn't get any options specific to OpenCandy. But apparently the /nocandy switch worked: Malwarebytes reports no threats.

Submitted by salemsims on

I am using freeware since years. Recently it has become more troublesome. It asks yo to update frequently and when updating creates some changes that are suspicious.. I uninstalled and reinstalled. The notice to update comes almost from the next date. If you do update the process is repeated. Probably till you buy a non freeware.

This site needs to probe and alter the priority of recommendations.

Submitted by rolou on

In my opinion if respected sites like Gizmos refused to review programs with bundled Open Candy etc like Freemake Video Converter/Downloader it may influence some of them to cease this detestable habit. There are plenty of excellent alternatives available who do not engage in these low practices.

If we opted not to feature bundled products, in practice it would have next to no influence on software authors and their marketing strategy. Most other sites operate under a commercial model so they would be unlikely to impose a ban either as many of the freeware products have commercial upgrades and they could not afford to lose the associated revenue. The ultimate losers of any such action here would be our own visitors. In reality there are plenty of ways users can avoid the extra components during the install process and we have published various guides on this subject.

I admit to finding this whole situation a real drag personally and in addition to security concerns it was one of the main reasons why I switched to using Linux years ago. MC - Site Manager.

Submitted by rolou on

Fair enough but I for one boycott all software with bundled crap.
Have tried several Linux versions recommended here in recent years but can't warm to it at all.

If you let me know via the Linux thread in the forum what issues you found to be negative using it, maybe I can help. MC - Site Manager.
Submitted by rolou on

I appreciate the offer but all the versions I tried installed and worked well but I guess I am too used to Windows after using every version up to my current W10 Anniversary Update. Unlike many others I have never had any real issues with it. I have been trying various Linux versions on another computer and it is a work in progress at this stage which I intend to pursue.

Submitted by Kipster on

Converting video files to MP3's is now limited in the free version.

Submitted by Cedders_B on

The Freemake software (audio converter, video converter, video downloader etc) has been sold to new owners, who clearly have commercial ambitions. As a consequence, the free version of Freemake Video Converter is no longer viable.
Previously, the converter used to add a brief and discreet logo at the end of the video, which could easily be removed using another editor (the converter's internal editor added the same logo). Now, the free version puts a big message ('branding') in the centre of the screen for the entire length of the clip and also brief messages at the beginning and end; furthermore, you are pestered in numerous places to pay USD20 a year or USD40 for a lifetime licence to remove the branding.
In my opinion, the video converter should no longer be in a list of free software because its output is unusable except for test purposes. This is a great shame because it was and still is an excellent programme.
My preference is not to trade with aggressive vendors such as Digital Wave, so I am now looking for a new free video converter. YMMV.

Submitted by jinxkatze on

I was sorry to read about the watermark, center screen of an entire video.

Older versions where the installer links to the website were no help because they just updated to the newest (ugh) version. However research and diligence paid off. Not much older versions with the full (20mb or so) installer are available and work just the way I remember.

For safety, I closed the internet connection while doing the install. Life is good again.

Submitted by k31thw on

I don't believe that this software should listed any more, and definitely should not be an Editor's Choice.

As already stated in the comments, it now puts what it calls "Branding" across the middle of the screen, throughout the whole video! And not just a discreet logo but:
To convert without Freeemake logo, use Freemake Gold Pack

Trust me, that is not a logo that they put on! Makes the free version totally useless. Have uninstalled the software and will find an alternative.

As I said, this software needs to be delisted.

Submitted by CASD on

Keep us posted on what you end up with, Because I will remove Freemake also, Not that I use it alot but you want software to work when you do need it..

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