Installing Handbrake in 11.10, Quick and Dirty


*Please read*  Handbrake is now available is stebbins stable PPA.  You now longer need to use development snapshots to use Handbrake in Ubuntu 11.10!  Just add the following repository below instead of the one listed in the guide.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases


Well, many of you already know that Stebbins is not packaging Handbrake for Ubuntu 11.10 yet.  The unofficial PPA supports Natty, but not the lastest and greatest.

So, earlier today I tried to trick it to install and my efforts came up flat…  No fear however as Stebbins has a snapshot PPA with daily’s in it.  So, if you can’t wait for an official packaging then here is what you must do.

Let’s Do It!

First, add the PPA (the easy way).

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-snapshots

This is the best way to add a PPA as it will import keys for you (for your safety) and write the repos into your sources.list and automatically amend your release name.  Just works.


sudo apt-get update


sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk

And that’s it!  Seems to work and if it works for you, I would implore you to exclude it’s daily updates from your regular updates so that it doesn’t break.  Then, stay tunes to The Powerbase for news of an official PPA.  We will walk you through adding the stable PPA, getting rid of the old one and updating to stable.

That’s all folks!

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About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.
  • Anon

    “sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-snapshots” works, yours doesn’t.

    • Dean Howell

      Fixed. Thanks for catching that Anon.

  • Wii166

    thank you so much

  • Spockout

    Most appreciated!

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  • Harry

    it worked!!! thanks

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  • Guest

    that worked. awesome find. thanks!

  • MoBillyAla

    Worked for me, however just like Windows it completely crashes my PC requiring a reboot…the Windows (semi) fix is to ctrl+alt+del and under the affinity setting uncheck cpu 1 with Linux I do not get the affinity option. Does anyone know how to fix this in Linux(Ubuntu) ? Thanks