You'll need a DVD ripper when you want to convert DVD disc to a digital file for playing on portable devices, or just back up for saving further. Usually, most of the DVD rippers you find on Google are paid software. So, here we will round up the best free DVD rippers for you to rip DVD discs gratis.
Note: The top 3 DVD ripping freeware describe in this article is famous and totally free, without any restrictions like ads, time, watermark, etc.
No 1. MakeMKV Beta – Rip DVD to MKV Format
VERDICT: MakeMKV is a totally free product which can convert DVD to one single format: MKV. The ripped MKV file can keep all the selectable audio tracks and subtitle tracks in the DVD disc.
When it comes to best free DVD rippers, MakeMKV might be the most famous one that can rip DVD to MKV format. Besides the physical DVD disc, you can also import DVD ISO and the DVD folder containing IFO and DAT files to this program to extract the DVD content.
You may wonder why there is a MakeMKV Beta version, is there a function limitation compared to the official version? Actually, MakeMKV Beta and its paid version is totally the same product without any difference up till now. Mike is the admin of MakeMKV, he will post the registration key on MakeMKV forum every month or so. So, you will need to update the registration key and install new versions as they are released to keep MakeMKV running. That means Mike is quite willing to let people use MakeMKV for free but he deserves his right to withdraw that offer at any time.
How to Rip DVD to MKV with MakeMKV
Step 1. You will need to copy the registration key from MakeMKV forum and then click on "Help-Register" to register MakeMKV.
Step 2. Insert a DVD disc to your DVD drive, launch MakeMKV again. MakeMKV can automatically detect your DVD.
Step 3. Click the big DVD icon to process titles and open DVD.
Step 4. Check or uncheck the audio tracks and subtitle tracks. Then you can begin ripping DVD to MKV with MakeMKV. In most cases, the DVD ripping process finishes fast and easy. Noted that the conversion speed also depends on computer configuration and the status of the disc.
No 2. DVD Decrypter – Back up DVD to Video_TS/VOB/ISO
VERDICT: DVD Decrypter is a free DVD ripper for windows, it does not have a Mac version. It can help decrypt DVD to Video_TS, IFO, and ISO.
DVD Decrypter is another free DVD ripper, which enables you to decrypt the whole DVD disc and convert it to Video_TS folder, DVD IFO files, or even a single ISO image file. Actually, the original DVD Decrypter is deprecated by Microsoft Windows. Now, this DVD Decrypter on http://www.dvddecrypter.org.uk/ is a mirror of the final version. However, it is still a free DVD ripper that works pretty well.
How to Rip DVD disc to ISO with DVD Decrypter
Step 1. Insert a DVD disc to your Windows computer. DVD Decrypter will also detect the DVD automatically.
Step 2. If you want to rip DVD to Video_TS file, IFO or ISO, just click on "Mode" then choose your target output format. Now you can move your mouse to the DVD icon and start to decrypt DVD.
You will need to pay attention:
• In some cases, the converted DVD file may be out of proportion.
• This free DVD ripper can only help you back up DVD on your Windows computer because DVD folder files like VOB cannot be played on many media players, especially on portable devices.
No 3. HandBrake – A Famous Open Source DVD Ripper
VERDICT: HandBrake is famous for its video converting features, but it can also work as a DVD ripper to convert your non-copy-protected DVD to a digital file.
In my experience, Handbrake is one of the best free DVD rippers I have used. Multiple presets make it easy to rip video from your DVD disc to MP4 that compatible with most of the popular devices. And, it also offers so many advanced features such as video filtering, custom subtitles, and video previewing. After loading your DVD disc, it will list all the chapters and titles so you can select any specific chapter or title that you only interest to rip. Lots of features are waiting for you to explore.
Rip DVD to MP4 or MKV Format with HandBrake
Step 1. Import DVD disc or DVD folder to Handbrake. Please notice! When you import DVD to HandBrake, you may disappoint to see this. That's because HandBrake does not have the ability to decrypt DRM protection of the DVD disc. To solve this, you can install the "libdvdcss" plugin for HandBrake.
Step 2. After the DVD loaded in HandBrake, follow the instruction to rip DVD to MP4 or MKV format.
An Extra Recommendation: VideoSolo DVD Ripper
VideoSolo DVD Ripper is not a completely free DVD Ripper, but it has a free trial version for all users. Why do I recommend it? This program has the ability to unlock most of the DRM protection on DVD disc such as region code limitations. Moreover, it presets over 300+ video and audio output formats that suit your devices, even rip BD/DVD to 3D video.
DVD Ripper Comparison
VideoSolo DVD Ripper
Need to install the plugin
Rip 3D DVD
300+ formats including MP4, MKV, MP3
Video_TS, DVD IFO, DVD ISO
With the powerful algorithm and GPU acceleration technology, VideoSolo DVD Ripper calculates fast and completes the DVD ripping task quickly. It is friendly for all amateurs as it has a very clear and intuitive interface. You can find all the toolbox on the main interface and fix the DVD conversion in only three necessary steps. It's also packed with the amazing feature to decrypt Blu-ray disc and then rip it to digital format.
And, it also offers so many advanced features such as video filtering, custom subtitles, and video previewing. After loading your DVD disc, it will list all the chapters and titles so you can select any specific chapter or title that you only interest to rip. Lots of features are waiting for you to explore.
How to Use VideoSolo DVD Ripper to Rip Copy Protected DVD
Note: The Windows version of VideoSolo BD-DVD Ripper released a new version which has big changes compared with the old version. But the new version for Mac is still under the development. That means the interface and the operation of Windows and Mac will be different.
To know the details about the new version, you can read on the article: A New Version for BD-DVD Ripper (Windows) Released! See What Changes
Step 1. Load DVD disc/DVD folder/DVD ISO to VideoSolo DVD Ripper.
Step 2. Select an output video format such as MP4, MKV, or others by clicking the drop-down list of "Rip All to".
Step 3. You can clip, edit, or add 3D effect to the DVD video before ripping.
Step 4. Start ripping copy protected DVD to regular digital format.
Note: You could only convert 5 minutes of your DVD file with the trial version.
I know there are still many free DVD rippers that I have not tested. But the list here might be the most famous free DVD rippers that you can use to rip your DVD disc into a file. Or you can just download the trial version of VideoSolo DVD Ripper to have a try. The professional support team will help you solve any problems about how to rip your DVD disc. Welcome to write down any comments about this article!