Free DVD Ripper Programs

A List of the Best DVD Ripper Software Tools

A DVD ripper is a program that converts a DVD or BD (Blu-ray) movie into a file, helpful when you want to back up a movie for safe keeping 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. I've used all of these programs at one time or another but my 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!

BDlot DVD ISO Master

Screenshot of the BDlot DVD ISO Master DVD Ripper Software
BDlot DVD ISO Master. © LotSoft, Inc.

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 as an ISO image only, as 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.

Note: The official BDlot download page doesn't seem to be a reliable source for this program thanks to the fact that it's often down, but you can still grab a copy of BDlot DVD ISO Master from MajorGeeks or Softpedia. More

DVD Decrypter

Screenshot of the DVD Decrypter DVD Ripper Software
DVD Decrypter. ©

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 plenty of options in the settings like splitting a ripped ISO file into 1 of 17 sizes and changing the read speed. More

DVD Shrink

Screenshot of the DVD Shrink DVD Ripper Software
DVD Shrink. © DVDShrink

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. More

Freemake Video Converter

Screenshot of Freemake Video Converter
Freemake Video Converter. © Ellora Assets Corporation

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.


Screenshot of the free DVD ripper software HandBrake
HandBrake. © The HandBrake Team

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.

Windows, Mac, and Linux users can install HandBrake.

Presets make it easy to rip a video from a disc to a format compatible with a number of devices that run operating systems like iOS and Android.

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.

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


Screenshot of MakeMKV
MakeMKV. © GuinpinSoft Inc.

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, Linux, and Mac users can install MakeMKV.

Note: 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. More


Screenshot of ratDVD
ratDVD. ©

Another free DVD ripper is ratDVD, which can open a DVD from a disc, an ISO image, or load video files from a folder on a drive.

You can adjust the quality of the main movie, extras, and menu page to adjust the ultimate size of the ripped file. You can also completely disable the menus and/or extras if you wish not to rip those portions of the DVD.

Note: You must click Skip all during setup if you wish to exclude additional software from installing alongside ratDVD. More

WinX DVD Ripper

Screenshot of WinX DVD Ripper
WinX DVD Ripper. © Digiarty Software

A physical disc or folder of DVD files can be loaded into WinX DVD Ripper.

DVDs can be ripped to a number of different formats such as FLV, MP4, or WMV. Presets are available for ripping DVDs to device-compatible formats such as an iPhone, iPod, HTC, or PSP.

Many advanced options are available like changing the audio and video quality, video resolution, and volume level.

There's also a download link to the Mac version of WinX DVD Ripper on the WinXDVD website. More