Linux DVD Ripping with dvdbackup

and updated May 31, 2014

dvdbackup has been one of the simplest programs I have used to backup DVDs on Linux distributions.

The following steps will install the dvdbackup RPM based package and compile libdvdcss, to decrypt the DVDs, from source.

Repository Packages Required

yum install dvdbackup

libdvdcss Source Install

libdvdcss is required to break the DVD encryption so dvdbackup can access the media files.

Clone the source code:

git clone git://

cd libdvdcss

Configure, make, and make install the binary:

sudo make install

Create links to the shared libraries:

echo '/usr/local/lib' > /etc/
ldconfig -v

Backup Full DVD

Replace $DEVICE with your DVD drive path (e.g. /dev/dvd, /dev/sr0)

dvdbackup -i $DEVICE -M