I've added the ppa here


When I run sudo apt-get update, the software sources aren't found. I figured maybe they hadn't updated their repos to the newest version, so I changed the distro in Software Center to natty.

Now when I try to install handbrake-gtk I get the message

handbrake-gtk : Depends: libnotify1 (>= 0.5.0) but it is not installable

Depends: libnotify1-gtk2.10 but it is not installable

It looks like the only packages starting with libnotify are


The only relevant one seemed like libnotify4, which is already installed. The CLI version installs fine.

How can I install Handbrake?

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    After adding the PPA, sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk worked for me on 11.04. Didn't find any instructions on how to actually install it on the PPA page, only how to add the PPA: launchpad.net/~stebbins/+archive/handbrake-releases
    – B Seven
    Mar 23, 2012 at 17:59
  • We may be soon going to have handbrake in Debian proper and, therefore, its derivatives, like Ubuntu, are likely to get it. By "we may have handbrake", I mean that I am working to have it properly packaged, which is not a very simple endeavour, as it uses a lot of patched auxiliary programs. Help is welcome in packaging: anonscm.debian.org/gitweb/?p=pkg-multimedia/handbrake.git
    – rbrito
    Sep 20, 2012 at 20:33

5 Answers 5


Here is how to install the official releases, not the snapshots

sudo add-apt-repository  ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install handbrake-cli

You can then run it with:

HandBrakeCLI --help

Get it from here. You need libnotify1 v0.5 or newer.

  • Thank you. I assumed that libnotify4 would succeed libnotify1, but I guess not. Thanks. Oct 23, 2011 at 21:25

Installation (original instructions available here)

First thing that you have to do is to add the official PPA - there are instructions on how to add a PPA here on Ask Ubuntu. The PPA you want to add is:

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run:

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

And finally the installation:

sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli

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    The ppa in your answer should not be used. That is for unstable handbrake builds. It's described on this page. where it warns you against using it. In general users it's better to follow the instructions in my question and use the release ppa and change the version from oneiric to natty. Dec 4, 2011 at 15:41

There is an alternative: install latest development release of HandBrake from HandBrake Snapshots PPA, that contains also oneiric packages, with all right dependecies: ppa:stebbins/handbrake-snapshots


Ubuntu 14.04 and later

Handbrake is in the default repositories of Ubuntu 14.04 and later. To install it open the terminal and type:

sudo apt install handbrake  

To install the CLI version of Handbrake open the terminal and type:

sudo apt install handbrake-cli

Handbrake can be installed as a snap package in Ubuntu 14.04 and later. To find the handbrake snap package open the terminal and type:

snap find handbrake # the next 2 lines are the results of the command
Name          Version  Developer  Notes  Summary
handbrake-jz  1.0.2-0  jz         -      The open source video transcoder  

The results of snap find handbrake will usually show that the version of handbrake-jz is the latest stable version of Handbrake. To install this handbrake snap package run these commands:

sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install handbrake-jz

handbrake and handbrake-jz can also be installed from the Ubuntu Software app in Ubuntu 16.04 and later.

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