Whether you re going on a trip and want the ease of watching movies from your MacBook or are just looking for a way to back up some of your favorite movies, DVD rippers make storing DVD content on your hard drive a snap. There are plenty of options, and many of them are free. When choosing a Mac DVD ripper, top considerations are video quality, ripping speed and usability. Here are the five best DVD rippers that are Mac compatible.

MacX DVD Ripper Pro

MacX DVD Ripper Pro produces video of remarkably high quality, backing up DVDs with their original video and audio quality. It will also rip at different compression speeds. This software is also very fast; it can encode a two-hour DVD in just 25 minutes. In addition, its interface makes it easy to use. MacX DVD Ripper Pro rips DVDs in various formats, including AVI, MP4, MPEG, WMV, FLV, MOV, MP3, H.264 and MKV. It may cost slightly more than other DVD rippers, but it produces superior quality in very little time.

iSkysoft DVD Ripper

Another great DVD ripper app for Mac OS, iSkysoft DVD Ripper is compatible with all Apple portable devices, including iPad, iPod, Apple TV and iPhone. This DVD ripper has an average speed for copying DVDs, which is 1:5, but it offers great quality. It also removes all types of copy protection, such as CSS encryption, Sony ARccOS encryption, RCE Region protection and Disney X-project DRM. This protection should only be removed when you are creating a backup DVD. In addition, the software updates constantly so you can back up the most recent copy-protected DVDs for playback on all your Mac devices.


Handbrake is one of the best free DVD rippers for Mac computers, and it has a simple and user-friendly interface. It also has an advanced parameter setting that gives you fine-tuned control over video quality during conversion. You can set parameters, such as bitrate, resolution, audio volume and frame rate. Handbrake supports MP4, MKV, H.264, MPEG and MP3 formats (you can play MP4, MKV and H.264 videos on portable devices). This program can't remove copy protections by itself. Handbrake has built-in presets to help you encode your video in the correct format for iPods and iPhones. Another benefit of Handbrake is that it s fast. If you want open-source software for DVD ripping, you need look no further than Handbrake.


Another free Mac DVD ripper, MacTheRipper is excellent at disabling DVD encryption code and copy protection. And it is fast   MacTheRipper can rip a 100-minute DVD in just over 22 minutes, which is a nice speed. It has a simple interface, and its straightforward instructions help you make the right choices to free a DVD for copying and region-free playback.


MakeMKV is a quick, easy and free way to rip DVDs and Blu-ray discs. With a single click, the app can create high quality MKV files. It reads Blu-ray discs protected with the latest versions of AACS and BD+. No one has the license to this app, making it free for everyone. Additionally, this means that it works on most systems.

The decision of which software is the solution for you comes down to whether you are looking for a free solution with substantial quality or don t mind paying a few bucks to get more options, such as higher ripping speed and superior playback quality. There s no point paying for features you won t use, and many of the free software programs cover most ripping needs.

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