Which is the Best Free DVD Ripper for Mac in 2020 and Why?

Posted by Bella Brown to DVD Copy, Convert DVDs | Updated on December 7, 2018

"I have been using MakeMKV to rip DVDs. For basic ripping needs, it's fine. But the free DVD ripper won't rip to any other files, and won't allow me to use s custom profile. The limitations are quite frustrating." ----- A user's experience with MakeMKV
"I have tried may free programs and as so many times before I have returned to Handbrake. It's the fast and reliable, for home-made discs. I can't use the free dvd ripper to rip protected DVDs without libdvdcss, nor can I extract the full content of the movie title." ----- A user's experience with Handbrake
"My experience with so-called free DVD ripper for Mac downloaded online was a failure. The program hanged at 99% with non-encrypted DVDs, and i couldn't shut it down but to reboot. Then the uninstallation also hanged." ----- A disappointed user

Let's cut to the chase, is there any capable Mac free DVD ripper that can answer to users' requests? Getting annoyed by the endless Googling? Your search can end here. This post will introduce you the best free DVD ripper Mac in 2020 that can handle all the discs and output into any format.

Factors for the Most-desirable Free Mac DVD Ripper in 2020

▶ Decryption ability. The free DVD ripping software should be able to remove any encryptions imposed on DVDs.
▶ Output options. Some rippers can't support HD output; some are extremely limited. A good ripper should support various formats, and even built-in profiles.
▶ Speed. As a family DVD collection can hold thousands of titles, nobody can stand a slow DVD ripping in this case.
▶ Okay, it should be free and also safe.

What to Recommend?

Considering all the requirements that users may want from a good free DVD ripper for Mac, I recommend you MacX Free DVD Ripper. Let's see what it can do for you:

1. The free DVD ripping software will remove any DVD copy protections, like CSS, UOP, RCE, region code, etc.
2. It will rip DVD on Mac for free into H.264, MP4, MOV, M4V, MPEG4, MP3 etc for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android devices etc.
3. Its multi-core CPU, super encode engine and hyper-threading technology ensure a 5x faster speed than others, and even times faster than Handbrake.
4. It has advanced editing features, like adding subtitle, merging titles, compressing output file size etc to let users have full control on the output videos.
5. It's 100% free and safe. It works on macOS Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan and earlier systems.

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How to Rip DVD on Mac for Free

First, free download the best free Mac DVD ripper on MacBook Pro or Air.
Free download: https://www.macxdvd.com/download/macx-dvd-ripper-mac-free-edition.dmg

Best Mac DVD ripper free

Step 1: Load DVD
Import DVD movie to your Mac's hard drive by clicking "DVD Disc" button. You can also add ISO image from your computer. Then the free DVD ripper for Mac will start to load and identify the correct title of the DVD.

Step 2: Select Output Format
A window will pop up asking you to rip DVD into MP4, MOV, M4V, etc.

Step 3: Edit Output Video
Edit the output video if necessary. For example, when some users are ripping TV shows and don't want to get every titles separately, click Merge to combine the titles into one. Similarly, you can add English subtitles to a foreign movie, or adjust the video parameters to reduce the file size.

Step 4: Start to rip DVD
Click Run and the Mac DVD ripper free will go into action.
Note, to rip DVD with strong copy protection, don't forget to check the Safe Mode box, which has helped me handle many tough discs.

For advanced users: The MacX Free DVD Ripper has a paid version available. The paid version MacX DVD Ripper Pro has faster speed with Intel's QSV support (rip a DVD within 5 minutes on higg-configuration computers), supports 1:1 DVD backup to ISO image, has the latest profiles built-in (iPhone XS/XR/X, 8, 8 Plus, 7, Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8, Huaiwei Mate 10 etc), and most importantly, deals with any DVD types (protected discs, multiple titles, exercise or workout, porn DVDs etc.). You can buy the advanced version if you need.

I like to watch my movies on my iPads, so MacX ripper is very helpful in getting my movies into my iPad. Even those difficult Disney ones embedded inside a collection of 90 titles which I cannot rip with Handbrake. I would certainly like to recommend it as the best free DVD ripper for Mac.

I use MacX Free ripper to put my dvds onto a hard drive and play them back on my TV, be able to place several DVDs onto the hard drive and be able to plug it into a tv, and view all DVDs on drive, then pick which movie to play on tv via Chromecast or the Firestick. The results are quite good on the big screen.

I like Macx dvd ripper because it does a fantastic job of digitizing my DVD collection. I am in the process of boxing up my collection to store in the shed for physical space reasons and storing a copy on my NAS. The free ripper works very well and I'm satisified with its speed since I have tons of discs. A must-try Mac DVD ripper free for everyone.

Why is MacX Free DVD Ripper Better than Others?

We all know that MakeMKV, Handbrake, MacTheRipper, VLC are famous free rippers. Why do I choose MacX over the others? Let's go through the comparison between them.

Table 1: Features Comparison between Free DVD Rippers for Mac

DVD encryption

Input format

Output format

Output presets

Editing features

MacX Free DVD Ripper

Yes, CSS, UOP, RCE, region code, Sony ARccOS, etc

DVD disc, ISO image, VIDEO_TS folder

h.264, mp4, mov, m4v, mpeg4, mp3, etc.

iTunes, Apple TV

Yes, merge, crop, add subtitles, compress, etc



DVD disc, ISO image, VIDEO_TS folder

mp4, mkv

Apple TV, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Android & Windows Phone 8



Yes, AACS and BD+

DVD disc

Mkv only




Yes, CSS, Macrovision, region code, RCE region

DVD disc

VIDEO_TS folder only




Yes, different regions and CSS encryption

DVD disc, ISO image, VIDEO_TS folder

mp4, webm, ts, ogg, asf, mp3

TV, iPod, Android, YouTube


* DVD Encryption: According to the above function comparison of free Mac DVD rippers, we can see that all of them have the ability to remove certain DVD copy protections, except Handbrake, which can't deal with any protections itself (see Handbrake protected DVD rip tutorial). However, there are differences between the protected free DVD rippers for Mac. Apparently, MacX Free DVD Ripper support more protected DVDs. Next come MacTheRipper and VLC.

* Input & Output formats: MakeMKV and MacTheRipper, supporting only one input and output, can be excluded from the list (to backup or burn DVD, they are good choices). Though Handbrake has more device presets built-in, you can simply convert DVD into MP4 if you want to play DVD on any mobiles. MacX Free DVD Ripper, by the numbers, seems to have an edge over other free DVD ripper Mac.

Table 1: Speed Comparison between Mac Free DVD Rippers


MacX Free DVD Ripper





DVD Info

DVD: 114 min, 8.05G Thor, distributed by Paramount
Computer: 17" MacBook Pro with a 64-bit 1Ghz PowerPC G4 processor, 16 GB of RAM, OS X 13 macOS High Sierra

Ripping Time

12min (to mp4)

18min (to mp4)

15min (to mkv)

45min (to dvdmedia)

25min (to mp4)

* Ripping Speed: No denying that Handbrake and MakeMKV are superfast rippers. At first, Handbrake kept quitting unexpectedly. But after I installed VLC player for testing purpose, it rips the DVD at quite a fast speed (around 130 fps). VLC was also fast, but it got stuck at 99% for about ten minutes. MacTheRipper failed to run on the latest macOS High Sierra, and to my surprise (on another earlier system), it took 45 minutes to finish the ripping. As for the speed, MacX Free DVD Ripper also faster.

MacX DVD Ripper Mac Free Edition - Freely Rip Any DVDs

Best free DVD ripper enables users to freely rip protected DVD movies to M4v, MOV, MP4 and more formats with fast speed and excellent quality for on-the-go playback on iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Google phones & tablets.

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