How to easily and simply download, install and run the latest Handbrake development snapshot on Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04

HandBrakeHandbrake is an excellent open-source, GPL-licensed, multi-platform, multi-threaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.

The latest version of Handbrake  (as at time of writing) is version 0.9.4.   However, some people have experienced problems whereby this version of the application immediately crashes when run on Ubuntu Karmic Kola 9.10 and Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04.  Unfortunately the Handbrake website does not provide pre-built deb packages of older versions (although the source code of older versions is available).

Nonetheless, all is not lost!  The Handbrake community have made it very easy to download, install and run the latest daily development snapshot build of the Handbrake application.  Needless to say, the application code is bleeding edge and may be highly unstable and crash.  That said – it is highly likely the current development is focused on advanced features and it has been my experience thus far that the core functionality works well.

The purpose of this post is to illustrate the steps required to install the latest daily development snapshot of Handbrake.  This post is for advanced users only and be cautioned that the daily snapshots may be highly unstable and may crash your computer system with unpredictable results.  The motivation for this post is simple – It is better to a version of the application providing some of the functionality that a version that doesn’t run at all.

The Steps to Download, Install and Run the latest development snapshot of Handbrake.

  1. Add the daily snapshot source repository location by opening up a terminal and running the following commands.
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-snapshots
    sudo apt-get update
  2. From the Desktop Menubar, select:
    System | Administration | Synaptic Package Manager
  3. Select Reload on the ribbon bar immediately under the Synaptic Menubar.
    This will update the package listings in the Synaptic package manager to include the latest snapshot.
  4. In the quick search box on the Synaptic Menubar, enter:
    handbrake
  5. Right-click on handbrake-gtk and select Mark for Installation
  6. On the Synaptic Menubar, select apply and confirm the instructions.
  7. Close the Synaptic Package Manager application.
  8. To run Handbrake:  From the Desktop Menubar, select:
    Applications | Sound & Video | Handbrake

To Disable the Downloading and Installation of newer snapshots.

Please note: each new day the Ubuntu system is updated, the administrator will be prompted to download the latest daily development snapshot of Handbrake.  If the existing snapshot currently installed provides the functionality you require, it is very simple to disable the downloading of  newer snapshots.  The steps are outlined below.

  1. From the Desktop Menubar, select:
    System | Administrator | Software Sources
  2. Select the Other Software Tab.
  3. Uncheck the line containing Handbrake
  4. Close the Software Sources application and choose Reload when prompted.
  5. That’s it!

2 comments on “How to easily and simply download, install and run the latest Handbrake development snapshot on Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04

  1. copperfish says:

    Thanks for this. There are ppa’s for the stable 0.9.4 release, but the I prefer the newer snapshots.

  2. copperfish says:

    This is the stable PPA if anyone cares😉

    https://launchpad.net/~handbrake-ubuntu/+archive/ppa/+packages

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