How to Install MakeMKV on Debian 11 Bullseye

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; 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 or upgrade to the latest version of MakeMKV on Debian 11 Bullseye using a recommended repository by the MakeMKV team to provide the most up-to-date version.

Update Debian

Update your system to ensure sure all existing packages are up to date.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Dependencies

Use the following command to install or check if the packages are installed.

sudo apt install apt-transport-https dirmngr -y

Import MakeMKV GPG/Repository

First, import the GPG key as follows.

sudo gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring /usr/share/keyrings/makemkv.gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 9E5738E866C5E6B2

Example output if successful:

Next, import the repository using the following command.

echo 'deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/makemkv.gpg] bullseye main' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/makemkv.list

Now run an apt update.

sudo apt update

Installing MakeMKV

Install the software using the following command with the repository and GPG key.

sudo apt install makemkv-oss makemkv-bin -y

Launching MakeMKV

To open MakeMKV, you need to follow the path on your desktop: Activities > Show Applications > MakeMKV.


Once the application has launched, you will arrive at your default landing screen.

Note automatic update checking is enabled, and you can disable this, but it’s recommended to keep on unless you have privacy concerns.

How to Remove (Uninstall) MakeMKV

MakeMKV, when installed, adds quite a few dependencies, so ideally, using the autoremove command is best to keep your system clean.

sudo apt autoremove makemkv-oss makemkv-bin -y

Next, remove the repository.

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/makemkv.list

Lastly, remove the GPG key.

sudo rm /usr/share/keyrings/makemkv.gpg

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install the latest version of MakeMKV on Debian 11 Bullseye.

For more information, the great idea is to visit the official MakeMKV forums, which have a great community.


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