The 6 Best Free DVD Ripper Programs of 2023

Create digital files of your DVDs (and Blu-rays) with these free ripping programs

You've come to the right place to find the best free DVD ripper programs available. We've used all of these programs at one time or another; our favorites are MakeMKV, DVD Shrink, and HandBrake. However, all of these DVD rippers do a great job at what they do for no cost at all!

In fact, we made sure every program below is legitimately freeware, meaning that they don't require that you donate, purchase add-ons, stop using it after so many days, pay for additional features, etc. You can use these tools without watermarks for as long as you like.

Remember to only rip DVD and BD discs that you own!

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What We Like
  • Cross-platform availability.

  • Blu-ray capability.

What We Don't Like
  • Focus on MKV files.

MakeMKV is a free DVD ripper that can rip a DVD or Blu-ray disc to an MKV file.

If you're not using a disc, DVD and Blu-ray files can also be loaded into this program to turn them into MKV files. ISOs and BDMVs are supported, as well as folders containing IFO and DAT files.

Windows, Mac, and Linux users can install MakeMKV.

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DVD Shrink

DVD Shrink 3.2
What We Like
  • Compression algorithm to make content fit a DVD.

  • Fine-tuning of content to be burned when you rip a video DVD.

What We Don't Like
  • Donation links on the download page.

  • Compression is a mixed bag.

DVD Shrink can load DVD files from a folder, disc, or disc image and rip them to an ISO file or hard drive folder. They can be automatically compressed to fit a standard 4.7 GB disc or any other custom size.

You can also deselect unwanted audio or subtitle streams before ripping, like those in a foreign language.

You can install DVD Shrink on Windows.

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HandBrake dvd ripper
What We Like
  • Supports Blu-ray and other output devices.

  • Multi-platform support.

  • Extensive editing capabilities.

  • There's a portable version.

What We Don't Like
  • Advanced settings make it a complex program.

HandBrake is a program that supports not only video converting via file to file but also ripping via DVD or Blu-ray disc to a file.

Presets make it easy to rip a video from a disc to a format compatible with a number of devices, like those that run the iOS or Android operating system.

There are too many advanced features to list here, but some include video filtering, custom subtitles, and video previewing. You can choose to rip any specific title from the source disc as well as certain chapters, a custom crop and quality, and specific audio tracks.

Although there are many custom features, it's still very easy to use if you choose not to delve into the advanced settings.

Windows, Mac, and Linux users can install HandBrake.

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WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum Output Profile screen
What We Like
  • Lots of output options.

  • Useful ripping functions.

What We Don't Like
  • Strange registration process just to get the free version.

A physical disc, ISO file, or folder of DVD files can be loaded into WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.

DVDs can be ripped to a number of video file formats such as MOV, MP4, M4V, WMV, or AVI. Presets for Apple, Android, Microsoft, Sony, and more are available for ripping DVDs to device-compatible formats if you don't know what file type to choose. You can also pick a web video profile, such as YouTube or Facebook.

Many advanced options are available before you start the DVD rip, so you can change the video resolution, crop the video, adjust the audio codec, choose a different frame rate, merge titles into one file, exclude titles, add subtitles, and more.

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Use the link next to the download button, called Get a license key to obtain a free key to use the program.

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BDlot DVD ISO Master

BDlot DVD ISO Master
What We Like
  • Easy to use.

  • Can be used to mount ISOs, too.

What We Don't Like
  • Makes ISOs only.

  • Lacks customization options.

BDlot DVD ISO Master is really easy to use. Just choose a source folder or disc, select where the DVD should be saved, and then start ripping.

A DVD ripped with this software is saved to the ISO format only because there aren't any additional options or advanced features that let you select a different file format.

BDlot DVD ISO Master also functions as an ISO burner and mounter.

This program works on Windows computers.

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Freemake Video Converter

Freemake Video Converter main screen
What We Like
  • Excellent options for output formats.

  • Ability to tweak the content of a video DVD.

  • Can burn as well as generate a disc.

What We Don't Like
  • Some complexity in the user interface.

Freemake Video Converter is a free video converter program that can also directly rip a DVD to a number of different video formats.

Before converting, you can add subtitles, include a DVD menu, and crop the video length.

Some supported output formats are 3GP, ISO, MKV, and MP4, with specific presets that clearly indicate which you should choose for a video format that's compatible with your device. Some of these presets are set up for Android, Apple, Sony, and Xbox devices.

Freemake Video Converter also functions as a free DVD burner program since it can put a video file directly onto a disc or "burn" it to an ISO file.

This program is available for Windows users.

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