The easy guide to ripping DVDs on macOS Sierra

“Recently I had to rip a couple of DVDs to USB sticks to make them easier to play on our smart TV, and I tried to research how to do this on a Mac,” Keir Thomas writes for Mac Kung Fu.

“There were so many scam sites out there with crappy or out of date information,” Thomas writes. “It’s an area that’s honey to a bee for dishonourable software sellers or clickbait bloggers, it seems.”

Thomas writes, “In truth, the instructions are pretty simple (all the steps use free, open source software).”

Easy instructions here.

MacDailyNews Take: Happy ripping!


  1. Weird instructions.
    Why install libdvdcss first? (apparently optional for protected DVDs)
    Boils down to one step that gives you a quick summary of using Handbrake.
    No extra info like adding meta data such as using MetaZ.

    1. Since all commercial DVDs are protected, libdvdcss is a very handy step. Otherwise you have to use another program to rip the DVDs to a disc image. This way you can read them directly. It’s a good tip. And if you use a Plex Media server, you don’t need metadata in the file itself as long as you name the files clearly and within the conventions of the program.

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