How to Install MakeMKV on Manjaro 21 Linux

MakeMKV is a free, open-source tool that can convert video clips from DVDs and Blu-rays, usually encrypted. The output will have most information preserved but not changed in any way; it’s perfect for people who want their media without hassle or headache caused by software limitations like those found with some other transcoder apps.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install MakeMKV on Manjaro 21 Linux. The tutorial will use the command line terminal with yay AUR helper, ideally most users may be using some wrapper for Pacman, for new users, it is essential to install one to keep your packages up-to-date while you learn Arch/Manjaro.

Update Manjaro

Before proceeding with the tutorial, it is good to ensure your system is up-to-date with all existing packages.

sudo pacman -Syu

Install yay Helper

To begin the installation, you must have GIT installed to import the yay repository to install/build. From your command terminal, use the following code to begin the installation.

sudo pacman -S --needed --noconfirm base-devel git

Now clone the yay archive using the following terminal command.

git clone

Next, move the archive to the /OPT/ directory. This is a good location for any other archive installs, keep everything located, and traditionally the location is a commonly used area for different applications.

sudo mv yay-git /opt/

Now navigate to the yay-git directory location.

cd /opt/yay-git

Build the package using the makepkg command.

makepkg -si

Install MakeMKV

Now that you have installed the package management helper, you can install MakeMKV using the following command.

yay -S makemkv

This command will bring up the MakeMKV choices of installations.


How to Install MakeMKV on Manjaro 21 Linux

The default installation choice is the desktop version, labeled default 1. Use the following command for users who wish to install MakeMKV without any prompts.

sudo yay -S makemkv --noconfirm

Remove --noconfirm to manually go through the installation questions instead of selecting the default answers.

For users wanting the CLI version and skipping the questions, you would use the following.

sudo yay -S makemkv-cli --noconfirm

Launch MakeMKV

Now that you have completed the installation launching, it can be done in a few ways.

Using the command line terminal, you can open the software quickly by using the following command.


Alternatively, run the makemkv & command in the background to free up the terminal:

makemkv &

The best way to use MakeMKV for desktop users that prefer not to use the command line terminal is to open the GUI of the application by following the path: Taskbar > Multimedia > MakeMKV.


How to Install MakeMKV on Manjaro 21 Linux

Once open, you will land on the default launch screen and begin using the software. Manjaro uses the latest version, which is entitled BETA, but it works pretty well and is what most users install not just on Manjaro but across much of the Linux distributions.


How to Install MakeMKV on Manjaro 21 Linux

Congratulations, you have installed MakeMKV.

How to Update MakeMKV

To check for updates using the command line, use the following command to allow a blanket check for any updates across all packages.

yay -Syu --devel --timeupdate

How to Remove (Uninstall) MakeMKV

When you no longer want the software installed on your system, use the following command to remove it.

yay -Rns makemkv

Optionally, you can run the following command to clean up any leftover unused dependencies, and this is highly recommended to run, so your system does not become bloated.

yay -Yc

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install yay AUR helper quickly and install, maintain, and, if so, remove MakeMKV on Manjaro 21 Linux series.

A great idea is to visit the official MakeMKV forums, which have an excellent community, for more information.


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