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Learn how to install libdvdcss on Windows (10) or Mac (macOS Big Sur). Also provide solutions to rip/play any copy-protected DVD on Windows (10) and Mac if you can't install libdvdcss successfully.

Most of you install libdvdcss with the aim of ripping protected DVD to digital file (e.g. rip DVD to MP4) for later easier playback. Wonder where and how to download and install libdvdcss on Windows (10) or Mac (macOS Big Sur) for ripping copy-protected DVD? What can you do if you encounter libdvdcss Windows/Mac installation failure? This post provides detailed answers.

  1. By default, the libdvdcss library is available as source code, and the users must manually configure, build, and install the library via the command line. In order to simplify the installation.
  2. Libdvdcss (or libdvdcss2 in some repositories) is a free and open-source software library for accessing and unscrambling DVDs encrypted with the Content Scramble System (CSS). Libdvdcss is part of the VideoLAN project and is used by VLC media player and other DVD player software packages, such as Ogle, xine-based players, and MPlayer.
  3. The good news is that you can use extra library to help VLC. Anyway, you can rip DVD with VLC on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Part 2: How to Rip DVD with VLC. As mentioned previously, VLC has the capacity to rip DVDs. Considering the workflow is complex, we share a concrete guide below. Step 1: Install VLC along with Libdvdcss.
  4. Libdvdcss currently can be installed on Windows NT 4.0 SP4 (with IE 5.0) or later, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Haiku, Solaris, QNX, OS/2. Some platforms come with pre-installed libdvdcss include BackTrack, CrunchBang Linux, LinuxMCE, Linux Mint, PCLinuxOS, Puppy Linux 4.2.1, Slax, Super OS, Pardus, and XBMC Live.

Actually, You Can Rip Protected DVD Without libdvdcss

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Table of Contents:

  • Part 1: Libdvdcss – Platforms Supported & Official Download Sites
  • Part 2: How to Install Libdvdcss on Windows or Mac
  • Part 3: How to Rip or Play Protected DVD for Free Without Libdvdcss?

Part 1: How to Install Libdvdcss – Platforms Supported & Official Download Sites

Upgrading to Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan removes libdvdcss support resulting in the inability to copy DVDs to your computer using the app HandBrake.

1. What platforms can install libdvdcss?

Libdvdcss currently can be installed on Windows NT 4.0 SP4 (with IE 5.0) or later, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Haiku, Solaris, QNX, OS/2.
Some platforms come with pre-installed libdvdcss include BackTrack, CrunchBang Linux, LinuxMCE, Linux Mint, PCLinuxOS, Puppy Linux 4.2.1, Slax, Super OS, Pardus, and XBMC Live.

2. Where to download and install libdvdcss?

Libdvdcss is part of the VideoLAN project. The latest version of libdvdcss is 1.4.2, and users can download and install libdvdcss from VideoLAN official site:
https://download.videolan.org/
https://download.videolan.org/pub/libdvdcss/1.4.2/

Part 2: How to Install Libdvdcss on Windows (10) or Mac (macOS Big Sur)?

1. Guide on how to download and install libdvdcss

Step 1: Open the website https://download.videolan.org.

Step 2: Click 'libdvdcss' and click the latest version of libdvdcss 1.4.2 or choose other versions according to your needs.

Step 3: Then double-click on the downloaded libdvdcss file and start installing libdvdcss on your computer.

2. How to download and install libdvdcss for Handbrake on Windows (10) or Mac

To download and install libdvdcss for Handbrake ripping CSS-protected DVD on Windows (10) or Mac, it only needs 2 simple steps: download corresponding version of libdvdcss on Win or Mac --> cut and paste libdvdcss file into HandBrake program folder. Then you can follow Handbrake tutorial to rip DVD.

Handbrake libdvdcss for Windows (10) download sites:
http://download.videolan.org/libdvdcss/1.2.11/win32/libdvdcss-2.dll (32 bit version)
http://download.videolan.org/libdvdcss/1.2.11/win64/libdvdcss-2.dll (64 bit version)

Tip: The special security system of Mac El Capitan, SIP (System Integrity Protection), may make users unable to install libdvdcss on Mac EI Capitan. You can disable SIP and reinstall libdvdcss for Handbrake on El Capitan.

Watch video tutorial on how to install libdvdcss for HandBrake

Part 3: How to Rip or Play Protected DVD for Free Without Installing Libdvdcss?

If you meet problems when installing libdvdcss on Windows (10) or Mac (macOS Big Sur), or want to avoid the trouble of installing libdvdcss to rip CSS protected DVD, WinX DVD Ripper or 5KPlayer (both 100% free and clean) would be great helpers. The first program can rip copy-protected DVD to MP4, WMV, MPEG, MOV, FLV, etc. by accessing DVD protections like CSS encryption, region code, Sony ARccOS, UOPs, APS, RCE (Disney X-project DRM is excluded), with original quality at fast speed, while the later can play any protected DVD (incl. new Disney protected DVD) for free smoothly.

Solution 1: Free Rip Protected DVD Without Installing Libdvdcss - WinX DVD Ripper [100% Clean Freeware]

Even if you install libdvdcss successfully on Windows (10) or Mac (Big Sur) and can rip CSS-protected DVD with the free and open source Handbrake, but you know the limit. Handbrake libdvdcss can only rip CSS-protected DVD and its output is limited to MP4 and MKV. What if the DVD is encrypted with other DVD protections like Sony ARccOS or Disney X-project DRM? Then Handbrake cannot deal with this kind of DVD ripping at all. Luckily, the free DVD ripper can rip various kinds of protected DVDs with no hassle without a third-party DVD decrypter. It can remove DVD CSS, UOP, RCE, region code Sony ARccOS, etc., and rip DVD to various formats/devices.

Free download and install WinX Free DVD Ripper on your Windows (10) computer, or free download its Mac version on macOS Big Sur, etc., and follow the 3 simple steps below to rip protected DVD without installing libdvdcss.

Step 1: Run the best free DVD ripper and click 'DVD Disc' button to load the inserted DVD movie info. This smart DVD ripper freeware can auto detect and select the right main DVD movie title for you.

Step 2: Select the output video format or device. You can choose to rip DVD to MP4, WMV, MPEG, H.264, iPhone, Samsung, etc.

Step 3: Hit 'RUN' button to begin ripping DVD with best free Handbrake alternative which doesn't need to install libdvdcss.

Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping copy-protected DVDs for commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.

Solution 2: Play Any DRM-protected DVD for Free Without Libdvdcss - 5KPlayer [100% clean freeware]

Most DVD players relies on installing libdvdcss to play copy-protected DVD, however, without installing libdvdcss, you can still successfully play any protected DVD with ease with the most popular free DVD player - 5KPlayer. This free tool can play any copy-protected DVD or regular DVD flawlessly.

Additionally, 5KPlayer can also: play all 8K/5K/4K/HD 1080p/720p/SD videos in MP4, AVI, WMV, MKV, etc.; free download videos/movies/MP3 songs from YouTube and 1000+ video sites; stream videos/audios to iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, etc. for free. It is the best all-in-one free media player for Windows (10) and Mac.

Step 1: Insert the DVD disc to DVD-ROM. 5KPlayer alone supports smoothly playing any protected DVD without installing libdvdcss.

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Step 2: Tap 'DVD' button on the main interface and the DVD movie will start playing automatically.

Learn More about Libdvdcss

Whether you install libdvdcss to rip protected DVD or use some best free Handbrake alternatives to deal with the protected DVD ripping, here we give some common knowledge about libdvdcss to help you better know what is libdvdcss.

libdvdcss (or libdvdcss2 in some repositories) is a free and open source software library for accessing and unscrambling DVDs encrypted with the Content Scramble System (CSS). libdvdcss is part of the VideoLAN project and is used by VLC media player and other DVD player software packages, such as Ogle and MPlayer.

Many GNU/Linux distributions do not contain libdvdcss (for example, Ubuntu and SUSE Linux) due to fears of running afoul of DMCA-style laws, but they often provide the tools to let users install libdvdcss themselves.

Related external source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libdvdcss

If you can't or don't want to install libdvdcss and need a fast DVD ripper to rip copy-protected DVDs, especially strictly encrypted 99-title Disney DVDs, to MP4, AVI, WMV, MPEG, H.264, MOV, FLV, iPhone 11/Pro/XS/XR/X/8/7/Plus, iPad Pro, Galaxy S10/S9/Note 10, etc., with original quality at fastest speed, try WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.

What is libdvdcss? It sounds complicated. How to download libdvdcss.pkg Mac or install libdvdcss.dll Windows 10 for HandBrake in order to decrypt a movie DVD?

Q - 'Handbrake problems help! I used to use handbrake to rip DVD but now I can't even do it anymore. I have a new laptop. When I got it all set up and ripped the next DVD, the pictures and sound are all scrambled. Should I download and install the libdvdcss.dll? How can I do this? Please don't recommend any alternatives that have only trail versions. Free DVD rippers that don't require any payment will be fine. Oh and I'm a Windows 10 PC user.'

Best Answer:

Firstly, libdvdcss has been removed from HandBrake free DVD ripper since the release of version 0.9.2, and now you can only find libDVDNav in HandBrake under Tools > Preferences > Advanced > DVD Reading. HandBrake cannot rip DVDs encrypted with CSS ever since.

Secondly, whether downloading and installing VLC libdvdcss Mac/Windows solves 'HandBrake won't work' problem depends on the type of your DVD copy protection.

[Problem] Can't rip protected DVD without libdvdcss Mac, Windows?

[Solution] Downloading and installing libdvdcss.pkg/libdvdcss.dll will solve your problem, but limitedly. Handbrake still doesn't work with DVDs encrypted by region code, Disney X-project DRM, RCE, Sony ArccOS or other protection schemes. It is strongly suggested to remove DVD encryption with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.

What Is libdvdcss?

libdvdcss = lib (library) + dvd (DVD) + css (Content Scrambling System, a kind of DVD copy protection)

To sum up, libdvdcss is a part of the VideoLAN project, which alone is only a library that can find and guess keys to do the DVD decryption, so that CSS-protected DVDs will be played correctly. Together with media player software and free DVD rippers, such as VLC and HandBrake, libdvdcss helps read and decrypt DVDs of different regions or encrypted with CSS. And because it uses a generated list of possible player keys, libdvdcss has never been legally challenged.

More Info about libdvdcss Mac/Windows

  • The latest version is libdvdcss 1.4.2.
  • libdvdcss is used only for free software, like HandBrake to decrypt DVD.
  • libdvdcss is allowed to run on macOS (libdvdcss error since El Capitan), Windows NT 4.0 SP4 (with IE 5.0) or later, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Haiku, Solaris, QNX and OS/2.
  • VLC installed with libdvdcss supports DVDs of all regions (1-6) only if you have RPC1 drives, for raw access to RPC2 drives can't be made successfully, which however is required to circumvent the region protection.

How to Download Install libdvdcss Windows (10) for HandBrake

Step 1: libdvdcss-2.dll download on Windows (10)
libdvdcss.dll for Windows 32 bit libdvdcss.dll for Windows 64 bit

Step 2 Best paint brushes art. : You don't have to rename libdvdcss-2.dll as libdvdcss.dll. Just cut and paste the downloaded libdvdcss 2 file in your HandBrake program folder. If you didn't manually set the installation path before, it normally is 'C:Program FilesHandBrake'.

Step 3: And that's all for installing HandBrake libdvdcss on Windows (10).

Check the tutorial to copy protected DVD to hard drive without installing libdvdcss.

How to Download Install libdvdcss Mac for HandBrake

Libdvdcss Linux Install

Step 1: Download libdvdcss.pkg on Mac OS.
libdvdcss.pkg for Mac OS

Step 2: Double click the downloaded file to install libdvdcss on Mac. But note that there is one more step for installing libdvdcss on Mac El Capitan, because of its SIP (System Integrity Protection), which is said to remove libdvdcss by default. We found two workarounds: disable SIP and a more complicated but recommended way from a Reddit user (as below).

The second way:
1. Open a Finder window -> type 'cmd+shift+G' or click 'Go' and choose 'Go to Folder' -> copy and paste /Library/SystemMigration/History/ -> press button 'GO' -> open the folder 'Migration-[random letters and numbers]' and find 'QuarantineRoot' -> libdvdcss file should be in this folder.

2. Again click 'Go' on the taskbar -> 'Go to Folder' -> type '/usr/local/lib'.

3. Cut and paste your libdvdcss file to the folder '/usr/local/lib' -> put in your admin password to finish the move and libdvdcss installation on Mac is done.

Decrypt Any Copy Protected DVDs with HandBrake Alternative

Libdvdcss is mainly used in free DVD ripper like HandBrake to rip DVD encrypted with CSS. But libdvdcss can't help the DVD ripper freeware to crack all CSS keys, let alone many other advanced DVD copy protections besides CSS, such as Region Code, AACS 2.0, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, and Disney X-project DRM. If you are trying to rip Disney DVDs with HandBrake libdvdcss, there might be a 'HandBrake won't rip' problem, due to its up to 98 fake titles.

If downloading installing HandBrake libdvdcss Mac/Windows is too complicated for you, why not try a much more professional and easier-to-use HandBrake alternative, just like WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, which constantly updates with all kinds of latest DVD copy protections.

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Without the need to download libdvdcss, the Handbrake alternative will:
* For example, it supports ripping Disney DVD movies on Windows (10) while Handbrake gets confused with the 99 fake titles.
* HandBrake 1.2.0 added hardware acceleration support for Nvidia NVENC and AMD VCE. But to maximally use your hardware, the Handbrake alternative can rip faster.

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Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping/copying copy-protected DVDs for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.