How to Install MakeMKV on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

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 or upgrade to the latest version of MakeMKV on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS using a recommended repository by the MakeMKV team to provide the most up-to-date version.

Update Ubuntu System

Update your Ubuntu operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Dependecies

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

sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https -y

Import MakeMKV PPA

First, import the HJMooses’s PPA that contains the latest up-to-date version of MakeMKV.

Use the following command to import the PPA as follows.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:heyarje/makemkv-beta -y

Now run an apt update.

sudo apt-get update

Install MakeMKV

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

sudo apt install makemkv-oss makemkv-bin

Example output:

Install/Upgrade MakeMKV on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Type Y, then press the ENTER KEY to proceed.

Launch MakeMKV

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


Install/Upgrade MakeMKV on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

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

Install/Upgrade MakeMKV on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

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

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 imported PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:heyarje/makemkv-beta -y

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install the latest version of MakeMKV on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

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


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