What are some good CD ripping programs for Ubuntu? Pros? Cons?
I currently use RhythmBox as my player and often will load these files into my Android phone.
Ubuntu Default CD Ripping Software :
To rip a CD, you will require a suitable CD-ripping application. One is installed by default on Ubuntu, and there are others available through Ubuntu's software channels, as reported in the Ubuntu Documentation.
Sound Juicer is Ubuntu's default CD-ripping application, and also has the ability to play your CDs and download track data from the Internet.
To rip a CD using Sound Juicer, simply insert an audio CD; Sound Juicer should start automatically. Alternatively, you can select Sound Juicer from
Kubuntu Default CD Ripping Software :
There are two methods of ripping an Audio CD in a default installation of Kubuntu. One is using Konqueror's audiocd:/ KIO-slave and the other is KaudioCreator (
Using audiocd:/ to rip a CD
In Konqueror's location bar, type audiocd:/ and press enter. You should now see the tracks in the CD along with folders named Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MP3 etc. Click on the folder which corresponds to the format in which you wish to encode, eg. Ogg Vorbis.
Now, copy the tracks that you need from that folder and paste it in the desired location (
Note: Copying speeds might not be as fast as those achieved when copying a file directly from the CD as the files are also being ripped and encoded. If you wish to modify some of the settings (like editing the tagging sytax or modifying the encoding settings), you can access it either through System Settings (
Launch KaudioCreator (
Other CD Ripping Software : In alphabetical order.
Those who want a no-nosense, fast, customizable ripping solution should try ABCDE.
And example conversion from CD to AAC/MP4:
Asunder is an easy-to-use, plain CD ripper that converts into MP3, OGG, FLAC, WAV, and the new open codec WavPack. Asunder is in the Ubuntu repository and can be installed with Synaptic or Software Center.
I have been using Grip until Edgy. It's very easy to use but still very configurable.
Note: Grip is no longer supported by its developers, or by Debian or Ubuntu. It has been removed from the repositories in Ubuntu 9.10.
RubyRipper has been recommended in many forum threads and seems to be one of Linux's best ripping solutions. Also, many feel the closest to EAC in quality of rips.
RubyRipper is not included in the default Ubuntu install and is not included in any of the repositories. Fortunately there is a DEB package available.
1.Install dependencies by typing in the terminal:
2.Download the DEB package from here and follow the instructions.
Open a terminal window and type:
Well, rhythmbox itself is able to rip CDs and get album data from the MusicBrainz database.
If you insert a CD, a CD icon appears in the Rhythmbox's side bar at the left. Right click it and choose "Extract to library". Make sure to have the format set to the one you want (probably MP3): Edit -> Preferences -> Music -> Preferred Format.
I use ABCDE that is a very good ripper :
I know I'm rather late to the party, but I love using
The great thing about it is that it gets all the audio CD information from CDDB or Musicbrainz so the tracks are labeled correctly. The tracks can be tagged with ID3 tags and a playlist can be created. After the rip, a properly labeled folder containing correctly labeled tracks will be found in the location specified.
There is a choice of encoders; choose
A sample burn command that I use regularly is:
Note: if there is any hidden data on the cd inserted, you will need to note the response from
A lot of time has passed since this Q&A was updated, but it is still the best (only?) "CD Ripper" thread in AskUbuntu (I think).
As of this contribution, the developer for Ruby Ripper writes: "The best current way to rip audio is Morituri, which is available in Precise and beyond."
NOT mentioned to date in this Q&A, Morituri "is a CD ripper aiming for accuracy over speed. Its features are modeled to compare with Exact Audio Copy on Windows." At the moment the README on Github notes as a "Known Issue": "no GUI yet".
Development on Grip, "a GTK-based CD-player and CD-ripper / MP3 encoder", was mentioned above as having slowed down, and so it seems to be, but that hasn't stopped it from being well used.
And maybe it's worth noting Flacon as well in this thread: "Flacon extracts individual tracks from one big audio file containing the entire album of music and saves them as separate audio files."
I use Banshee as my audio player and it does ripping pretty damned well too. Insert the CD, it'll pull down the album contents, click copy and it rips it to the library, tags set and everything.
The format settings are a little less configurable than a dedicated ripper but I just default to FLAC and that's fine for me.
I love Rubyripper but this issue has me using the CLI version on 10.04. I can't post more than one link here, but there is a good overview of Rubyripper's features at the hydrogenaudio.org Knowledgebase
I had the same question. I wanted a programme that would create FLAC and MP3. After researching it a bit I came across Asunder CD Ripper. Seems to do everything I need of a ripping programme.