Top Free DVD Ripper 2017 Competition: Vote for Your Favorite| Your Vote Counts!

Posted by Estelle to DVD Ripper| March 2nd, 2017

Ripping your movies off DVD silver disc not only caters to the developing trend that DVD players and DVD drives quit from modern computers, but also extends your viewing options to mobile phones, tablets, game consoles, Plex Media Server, TV, remote-storage service, etc. Better still, this is also a fantastic DVD storage idea to save a lot of space in your room. That's why you wanna rip your DVDs.

To rip DVDs, you need a DVD ripper. While some DVD ripper shareware make a dent in your wallet from $30 to $80, some of useful yet versatile DVD rippers cost you nary a dime. Handbrake is such an open source DVD ripper, excellent in features and completely free in price. So, this free DVD ripper has been regarded as No.1 for the past decades in the DVD ripper freeware field. However, Handbrake is in deep trouble with Handbrake 1.0.7 new version like, crash in Handbrake 1.0.7 on on Ice Age Collision Course; Handbrake hangs during QSV encode, HB won't save my audio settings, etc. In such case, the latter rising free DVD rippers threaten Handbrake status and plan to excel it. Who are they? Can they succeed? Read on and you vote to decide the top free DVD ripper of 2017.

1. MacX DVD Ripper Free (Windows & Mac)

This 2017 free DVD ripper makes easy work of ripping DVD movies into mainstream digital formats that you can preserve, stream or play on hard drive, USB and mobile devices. Another great talent of this DVD ripper freeware is the ability to remove any DVD copyright protection from DVDs (Handbrake lacks) so as to be away from the annoying 99-title DVD problem, DVD bad sector trouble, oversized 75GB output file, unwatchable pixelated image, audio watermark, etc. In short, it's a great choice for both homemade and commercial DVD ripping.

free DVD ripper 2017
  • Rip DVDs to MP4 MOV M4V iTunes MP3 AAC, etc. formats.
  • Circumvent any DVD encryption tech, Sony ARccOS, Disney DRM included.
  • Trim/clip DVD movies, adjust DVD movie settings, add SRT subtitles to movie.
  • Decrypt and rip DVD on its own, no VLC libdvdcss needed. 100% Free & Safe!

How to Use MacX Free DVD Ripper to Rip DVD

No matter what skill level you are, you can discern how to use this 2017 DVD ripper freeware to rip and copy DVDs, cuz its user interface is self-explanatory.

Step 1: Load DVD Movie
Click "Disc" to import the DVD. It supports both non-protected and copyright protected DVDs.

Step 2: Choose Output Format
Select your desired digital format as output format, like MP4, MOV, M4V, MP3, Apple TV, iTunes, etc.

Step 3: Begin to Rip DVD
Click "RUN" and this 2017 free DVD ripper will begin to work, decrypting and ripping processing at the same time.

Note: as for the latest commercial DVD movie, you're suggested to tick "Safe Mode", which guarantees you a smooth and more stable process of DVD ripping.

free rip DVD to MP4

    • Support decrypting DVD copyright protection, even latest Sony ARccOS, Disney DRM protected DVDs.

    • Simple to use; high quality reserved.

    • Advanced "Safe Mode" used to rip latest protected DVD movies without half crash issue.

    • Multi-core CPU (up to 8) speeds up DVD ripping 36X faster.

    • No 1:1 DVD backup mode.

    • Blu Ray DVD disc not supported.

    • No 3D video in output profile.


Worked well for me, once I figured out that I had to load the DVD first into the optical drive, THEN click on the "DVD Disk" button AFTER stopping Apple's DVD player which starts up automatically when you insert a DVD. Running OS 10.7.5 Lion.


The output quality of this free DVD ripper is excellent. No chopping, watermark, or fragment in the converted video. But it could be better if the interface color is brighter.


I took a try of this free DVD ripper for Mac because of recommendation from my friends. Well after using it for a while, I understood why they all suggest me to download it. It takes no more than half an hour to convert a DVD movie, yet the output quality is exactly the same as original. And it works as advertised with latest protected DVD movies supported.

2. Handbrake (Windows, Mac & Linux)

When it comes to the 2017 free DVD ripper, Handbrake definitely earns a place here. It free rips DVD to both MKV and MP4 on Windows, Mac and Linux. And its latest version Handbrake 1.0.1 even adds more specific profiles for users like very fast 1080p30, fast 720p30, HQ 1080p30 Surround, Android 1080p30, etc. Thus, you can just pick out the needed profile with little human interaction, quite thoughtful for users, esp the new hand.

2017 open source DVD ripper
  • Rip DVDs to MP4 and MKV (Unprotected DVDs).
  • Built-in with 61 preset profiles with speed, resolution, frame rate well-setted.
  • Support to edit DVD movies, adjust DVD parameter settings for expert users.
  • Fast in speed; good in quality.

Simple to use
Fast in DVD ripping task.
Compatible with multiple platforms.

Copyright protected DVD Not supported.
Output formats too limited.
Various problems during DVD ripping.

How to Use Handbrake to Free Rip DVD on PC

Step 1: Open DVD Source
Click "Open Source" to load DVD movie. This free DVD ripper 2017 supports DVD disc, DVD folder and ISO image.

Step 2: Choose MP4 or MKV
Select MP4 or MKV as output format. The well-organized profiles at the right side are also available, with detailed resolution, speed, etc.

Step 3: Press Start Button
Tap "Start" and Handbrake will begin to rip DVD free on Mac/PC. You can click Stop or Pause button if you need to stop DVD ripping.

Handbrake rip DVD


I backup my DVDs to the hard drive for the convenience of watching them. I use Ubuntu 16.04 with the HandBrake-gtk from the release PPA. But handbrake failed to rip my DVD RED 2. I can't figure why. Just wanna another useful free DVD ripper.

Kevin. sims

Updated to the latest version recently, but since then some DVD output files are broken up into a mosaic pattern with broken sound. Grateful for a fix!


Stunningly good. Will take a multi-episode DVD and rip just the episodes, none of the titles etc. VERY fast : mid quality (sufficient to watch full screen on a 15" Retina) takes about 20 mins ripping for 2 hours film. And it's free.

Since there are all sorts of Handbrake problems posted on forum.handbrake, it's seemingly that you Handbrake users encounter kinds of problems during DVD ripping process. Below provides you with some practical solutions to most common troubles, with wish to remove Handbrake troubles from your DVD ripping.

3. MacTheRipper (Mac Only)

MacTheRipper makes its mark with its simplicity, high quality and partial DVD decryption tech. As its slogan said, it's the oldest yet smartest free DVD ripper for Mac users to free copy DVDs on Mac. But if you want a 2017 free DVD ripper Mac to rip DVDs to MOV MP4 AVI, etc. digital formats, you're suggested to go somewhere else. It's born for DVD copy, not DVD conversion.

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  • Copy DVD to ISO image, MPEG-2 with full title copy and MKV in high quality.
  • Able to get rid of UOPs, partial Macrovision and CSS protections from DVD.
  • Remain quite stable during DVD copy process, no half crash.
  • 100% FREE and Safe in MacTheRipper Version 2.6.6, no adwares.

1:1 copy DVDs with no quality loss.
Fast speed in DVD backup process.
Multiple regions can be chosen.

DVD decryption ability is too limited.
Digital video formats unsupported.
Input format includes DVD disc only.
Incompatible with OS X 10.7 or later.

Tutorial: MacTheRipper to Free Copy DVD on Mac

Step 1: Load DVD Disc
Click "Disc" to import DVD disc. This Mac DVD ripper for 2017 only accepts DVD disc as input format, ISO image, DVD folder unworkable.

Step 2: Choose DVD Copy Mode
Opt for DVD to ISO image, DVD to MPEG-2 with full title copy or DVD to MKV as output DVD copy mode. Three options for you to choose.

Step 3: Press Go Button
Hit "Go" button after you select your regions from region 1-8. Alternatively, you can actually select all regions if you need.


4. Free Any DVD Ripper (Windows Only)

High marks for this Windows free DVD ripper 2017 that is simple to use and offer a full array of output video formats and preset profiles. No exaggeration to say that this free DVD ripper application is the one with the most comprehensive output choices, including MP4, AVI, MOV, MKV, WMV, FLV, VOB, MP3, iPhone iPad iPod, Android, Windows Phones, game consoles, etc. And you can also enjoy DVD movie clip, 3D and edit features if you upgrade to its paid version.

2017 free DVD ripper for Windows
  • Free rip DVDs to MP4 MOV AVI MKV VOB, etc. various video/audio formats.
  • Rip DVDs to iPhone 5s/c, iPad, iPod, Android, game consoles and more.
  • Support free ripping DVD and Blu ray DVDs on Windows.
  • Built-in video player for DVD movie preview.

A wide range of output formats.
Varied mobile device profiles offered.
DVD and Blu-ray discs all supported.

Unable to remove DVD encryption tech.
Watermarks on the output file.
Commercial ads on its interface.
Incompatible with Mac OS X.

How to Free Rip DVDs on Windows PC

Step 1: Load DVD Disc
Click "DVD Disc" to import DVD movie. You can also load ISO image or DVD Folder as input formats.

Step 2: Choose Output Profile
Choose output format from General Video/Audio, HD Video, 4K Video, Lossless Audio, etc. They are well organized via their properties.

Step 3: Click Convert
Tap "Convert" button and it goes into action. All you have to do is just waiting.

free rip DVD on Windows

5. DVD Shrink (Windows Only)

One of the best free 2017 DVD rippers we review is DVD Shrink. Its intuitive interface is self-explanatory, suitable for any users with whatever skill level. So when you utilize it to copy DVDs, you have no need to search for tutorial or tech support. As for DVD ripping feature, it enables you to backup DVD movies with the whole disc or just selceted parts with original 720x480 or 640x480 resolution.

Free copy DVD on Windows
  • Free backup DVDs with full or main titles on Windows 8/7/XP/NT.
  • Support removing part encryption algorithm from DVDs.
  • Properly adjust output DVD file size via compression settings.
  • Built-in video player for DVD movie preview.

Two modes for DVD backup.
Simple to use, friendly to new hands.
DVD backup speed is fast.

Incompatible with Windows 10.
No longer upgrading.
Can't remove the latest DVD encryption.
No Mac version for Mac users.

6. Free DVD Ripper Ultimate (Windows Only)

Not convinced by the above free DVD rippers? Carve out time to download this free DVD ripper for 2017. You have zero reason not to be impressed by its features. It supports to free rip DVDs to MP4 MOV AVI, etc. 9 video formats, convert DVD movies to iPhone iPad, etc. 7 mobile devices and extract audio from DVD as MP3, AAC, WAV, etc. 8 audio formats. What's even better, it also allows you to backup entire DVD or main movie with 1:1 quality. If your need is limited to unprotected DVDs, this DVD ripper software can be your great choice.

top 2017 free DVD ripper
  • Rip DVDs to MP4, AVI, FLV, WMV, MP3, WAV, etc.
  • Convert DVD movies to iPhone iPad Apple TV, PSP, etc.
  • Backup entire DVD disc or full movie with original quality.
  • Rip unprotected DVDs on PC with fast speed.

Various output format and devices offered.
DVD rip & DVD backup both supported.
User-friendly interface, easy to use.

Copyright protected DVD not supported.
No DVD movie editing features.
Blu ray DVD disc unworkable currently.
No Mac version for Mac users.

7. DVDVideoMedia Free DVD Ripper (Windows Only)

Some users, including me, find that this 2017 free DVD ripper is similar with Free Any DVD Ripper to some extent, especially the output profiles. This one also provides a respectable library of output profiles, e.g., MP4, AVI, MOV, VOB as well as iPhone iPad Android Wii Xbox and more. What makes this DVD ripper freeware excels the former one is that it free offers the DVD movie editing and effects features for users to trim, clip and adjust movie brightness, etc. Yet, where it falls down is that it doesn't sport with Blu ray DVD ripping feature.In short, they have their own pros and cons.

DVD ripper freeware
  • Free rip DVDs to general video and audio formats on PC.
  • Provide the common mobile device and game consoles profiles.
  • Free let you trim, clip DVD movies and add Effects to output movie file.
  • Capture snapshot from DVD movies as wallpaper or for sharing.

A broad of output profiles.
Movie editing features free to use.
Fast speed in DVD ripping.

No DVD decryption ability.
Ugly words on the interface
Unsupported for Windows 10.
Can't add subtitles to movies.


The adage "you get what you pay for" just doesn't apply when it comes to free DVD ripper in 2017. Its free label doesn't mean it has to suck or featureless. The above-mentioned free DVD rippers have already proved this with their extraordinary features. What's more, among the seven free DVD rippers, it's hard to judge which one is better or the best, cuz the judge is you, every DVD ripper user. You have the right to decide which one is your favorite. Your vote counts.

Which One is the Best Free DVD Ripper 2017? Go Vote!
2352 votes MacX DVD Ripper Mac Free Edition
2352 votes MacTheRipper
2352 votes DVD Shrink
2352 votes Free DVD Ripper Ultimate
2352 votes Handbrake
2352 votes Free Any DVD Ripper
2352 votes DVDVideoMedia Free DVD Ripper

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act lays an embargo on commercial DVD copy encryption removal for piracy or illegal commercial purposes. This DVD ripper developer also forbids skipping DVD copyright protection tech for any illegal activity. Please copy and rip protected DVDs for legal personal use. Do Not break your country or local law of DVD copyright protection.

MacX DVD Ripper Free Edition - does What Handbrake Can't do!

2017 free DVD ripper made by MacXDVD is able to circumvent any DVD copyright protection from DVDs, CSS, Region Code, UOPs, Sony ARccoS, Disney DRM, etc., which Handbrake can't do. And free rip DVDs to MP4 MOV MP3, iTunes, etc. for playback on iPhone Android.

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