7 Best Free DVD Ripper Programs

Create digital files of your DVDs with these tools

A DVD ripper is a program that converts your DVD or BD (Blu-ray) disc into a file, typically the ISO format, which is helpful when you want to back up a movie for safekeeping or convert a disc to a file for playing on your phone or tablet.

While some DVD rippers will cost you anywhere from $50 to $100 USD, some of the most highly-rated and feature-rich rippers are completely free.

Below is an alphabetical list of the best free DVD ripper programs available. We've used all of these programs at one time or another but 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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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.

Use the link next to the download button, called Get free license code to register your software, and then use the free license code that comes with the download to activate WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.

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BDlot DVD ISO Master

BDlot DVD ISO Master main screen
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 BDlot DVD ISO Master is saved to the ISO format only since 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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DVD Decrypter

DVD Decrypter with disc drive selected
What We Like
  • Excellent customization options.

  • Easy to use.

  • Reads from and writes to ISOs.

What We Don't Like
  • Interface can be difficult to navigate for more complex burning projects.

  • Some options are for historical benefit and aren't really used much anymore.

  • It's no longer developed.

DVD Decrypter is a free DVD ripper that can rip a DVD to a folder in the form of VOB and IFO files or just a single ISO file.

The program interface is easy to navigate through because all the advanced settings are hidden away in the menus. There are lots of options in the settings like to split a ripped ISO file into 1 of 17 sizes, change the read speed, and associate DVD Decrypter with other file types (e.g., BIN, CDR, IMG).

DVD Decrypter runs on Windows.

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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 is a free DVD ripper program for Windows that can load DVD files from a folder, disc, or disc image and rip them to an ISO file or hard drive folder.

DVDs 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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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.

  • Not as forgiving for inexperienced users.

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, BlackBerry, 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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HandBrake main screen
What We Like
  • Supports Blu-ray and other output devices.

  • Multi-platform support.

  • Extensive editing capabilities.

What We Don't Like
  • Significant complexity arising from advanced-settings options.

  • Interface doesn't match modern design standards.

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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MakeMKV BETA creating a file
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 not using a disc, DVD and Blu-ray files can also be loaded into MakeMKV to turn them into MKV files. Files such as ISO and BDMV are supported as well as folders containing IFO and DAT files.

Windows, Mac, and Linux users can install MakeMKV.

Blu-ray functionality is currently free only while MakeMKV is in beta. However, it's been in the beta stage for years, which means it could be additional years before this feature is removed.

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