I have used both dd and Brasero to rip commercial CSS protected dvds in the past.

I know the packages required, and about libdvdcss2, and how all that works.

Does libdvdcss2 still defeat 'Content Scramble System', or have they (the movie industry) upgraded?

dd seems to work best, but it won't copy certain dvds, and I have installed both libdvdcss2 and Ubuntu Restricted Extras.

What now?

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    Can't you just try with say handbrake? – kos Apr 22 '15 at 20:30
  • dd? I think you mean ddrescue – feligiotti Apr 22 '15 at 20:34
  • Another vote for handbrake. I've not been disappointed yet. – dibs Apr 22 '15 at 20:43
  • dd is a command-line utility for Unix and Unix-like operating systems whose primary purpose is to convert and copy files. Also known as 'disk destroyer' LOL – RCline7 Apr 22 '15 at 20:44
  • I'm checking out 'handbrake' now, never heard of that one. Thanks. – RCline7 Apr 22 '15 at 20:46

In case you want to have a 1:1 iso image of the DVD which can be played directly in some media player or mounted with the image mounter, you can just use Brasero after installing libdvdcss2. Choose the 1:1 copy and select an image file as target.

In general there are some DVD that have additional protections. In some cases it helps to try playing the DVD in different media players first.


Assuming you own the DVD, use MakeMKV to rip it into an MKV. The MKV can then be converted with Handbrake, or your weapon of choice, if needed. As pointed out by rpax you need to install libdvdcss2, I thought MakeMKV took care of this but it was a good while ago that I installed it.

  • It seems that handbrake will also rip the dvd to MKV, so I can do this with one program. – RCline7 Apr 22 '15 at 20:54
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    You still need libdvdcss2 which has to be downloaded from the vlc site – damien Apr 22 '15 at 22:02
  • hatterman: You can add @damien 's comment to your answer. – rpax Apr 23 '15 at 5:26

SimpleBurn works very well, it rips to an AVI file, you can select the quality of the output video as well. However, it still depends on libdvdcss2.


handbrake isn't exactly a 1:1 copy. It worked for me with a troublesome dvd, but without converting it wasn't best format to play on my 1GHz AMD Series-6 (hey its still capable of playing MPEG2 in HD and it's not main PC) You might also run into problems with old tv/players and those new formats. I would try with makemkv first as it does use libdvdcss2 and does convert into a container format from which you can get something a lot closer to original. You can try dvdrecord too which uses libdvdcss as well I think, but just copy it to your HD. You can then make a DVD copy to a writeable DVD. I understand why they are protecting their products. But it is frustrating not make a true copy for your personal use whether it is preserve and backup to compact library in a time where >8TB disks become more and more common. Esp. since DVDs are mostly a thing of the past that we cling onto and everyone are streaming anyway.


I was able to make a DVD bitwise copy with the command ddrescue --no-scrape /dev/scd0 output.iso from my cygwin bash command prompt, when the dd command would fail due to bad sectors as part of the DVD copy protection scheme.

The --no-scrape option may have caused the loss of an iframe at the beginning of one of the titles, but saved a lot of time in analysing the DVD.

I found that gem on the VLC website.

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