How to Install HandBrake on Linux Mint 20 LTS

HandBrake is an open-source video transcoder that can be downloaded for free and supports Mac, Windows, or Linux to convert videos in many different formats into more commonly used ones like MP4 with minimal file size reduction – making it efficient at reducing the amount of data consumed on your hard drive while also helping save time!

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Handbrake on Linux Mint 20 LTS.

Update Linux Mint System

First, update your Linux Mint operating system to ensure all existing packages are up to date.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Option 1 – Install HandBrake with APT

By default, Handbrake is available in Linux Mint 20s default repository, which makes it straightforward to install. The only downside of using this method is in time, it will be a few versions behind current, with Linux Mint being based on Ubuntu LTS focusing on stability first.

Use the following command to begin the installation.

sudo apt install handbrake -y

Handbrake’s updates and upgrades will be handled automatically when you update your standard repositories with APT.

To remove handbrake using APT in the future, use the following command.

sudo apt autoremove handbrake -y

Option 2 – Install HandBrake with Flatpak

The second option is to use the popular package manager Flatpak. Users who have used other Linux distributions such as Fedora, Linux Mint, or Pop!_OS, to mention a few, would be familiar with Flatpak packages as they feature on more operating systems. By default, Linux Mint has support for Flatpak unless you have removed it previously.

First, re-install Flatpak if you removed it previously using the following command.

sudo apt install flatpak -y

The next step is to reboot your system if you have re-installed Flatpak; if not, skip.


Skip the reboot if you have Flatpak already installed.

Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal:

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

Now begin the installation using the following flatpak command.

flatpak install flathub fr.handbrake.ghb

Example output:

Install/Upgrade HandBrake on Linux Mint 20 LTS

Type Y Twice, then press the ENTER KEY Twice to install.

Flatpak should auto-update packages roughly 10 minutes into a new desktop session by default.

To manually run an update, you can use the following command.

flatpak update

To remove the Flatpack version of Handbrake, run the following command:

flatpak uninstall --delete-data fr.handbrake.ghb

Example output:

Install/Upgrade HandBrake on Linux Mint 20 LTS

Type Y and then ENTER KEY to remove using the Flatpak method.

Note you will be prompted twice to Type Y or N. The second option removes all data for complete removal.

Another handy hint can be to use the following command to make sure Flatpak hasn’t left behind any unnecessary packages as it is known to sometimes.

flatpak remove --unused

Launch HandBrake

With the installation complete from either method, you can run the application in a few different ways.

First, while you are in your terminal, you can use the following command:


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

handbrake &

Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance:

flatpak run fr.handbrake.ghb

However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open with the path: Taskbar > Sound & Video > HandBrake.

Now open Handbrake to the default landing screen. From here, you can begin using the transcoding software.


Install/Upgrade HandBrake on Linux Mint 20 LTS

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you learned how to install Handbrake using two different Linux Mint 20 LTS.

HandBrake is a simple online tool that allows users to create high-quality videos without special skills. It offers everything you would expect from an editing platform, but in a minimalistic way that doesn’t require much time or effort. If you’re looking for professional video content with no hassle, then this might be your best option out there!

For more information, visit the official Handbrake documentation.


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