Install Handbrake 0.9.5 On Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

The popular Handbrake video conversion application has sometimes had difficulty running on new version of Ubuntu, but the current version of Handbrake, 0.9.5, works just fine on Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal. Best of all, the installation only takes a few Terminal commands.

First, you’ll need to add Handbrake’s PPA (personal package archive) to your system. Go to a Terminal window and type this command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases

(If you don’t know how to get to the Terminal window, you can get to it by clicking on the Dash button – the Ubuntu icon on the upper-left hand corner of your screen – and typing “Terminal” in the search box.)

Enter your password to authenticate, and the PPA will be added to your system.

Next, update your system’s listings of its software sources with this command:

sudo apt-get update

After the listings have been updated, install Handbrake itself with this command:

sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk

After the installation is complete, you can launch Handbrake by going to the Dash, searching for “Handbrake”, and clicking on the program’s icon.

-JM

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14 Responses to Install Handbrake 0.9.5 On Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

  1. andy says:

    Thanks! Forgot that the update disabled the repo (and removed the old package automatically). Many thanks.

  2. Dev says:

    Thanks so much! The directions worked perfectly.

  3. wildscribe says:

    Great instructions! Handbrake on Ubuntu 11.04 works just like Handbrake on the Mac. Absolutely no learning curve. Thanks again!

  4. heman says:

    very very very very thanks man

  5. tpgp says:

    Like a charm. Cheers.

  6. Jonathan Moeller says:

    Glad it worked!

  7. Leo says:

    Great, works like a little dream, Thanks

  8. Jonathan Moeller says:

    Glad it helped!

  9. ELAINE DEMAKAS says:

    T H A N K Y O U !

  10. jorg says:

    thanks, the info in official page is fuzzy…

  11. Kyle says:

    Thank you no problems with installing Handbrake

  12. Peter says:

    Didn’t work out for me with Natty. I don’t see a path in the PPA for this version of Ubuntu. SUDO GET-APT-UPDATE indicated it could not retrieve a list. Obviously the install command after failed. Any suggestions?

  13. Jeff says:

    Peter, try sudo apt-get update. I’m running Natty and it works fine.

  14. Jack says:

    Doesn’t work for me: these are the terminal lines:

    W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/stebbins/handbrake-releases/ubuntu/dists/oneiric/main/source/Sources 404 Not Found

    W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/stebbins/handbrake-releases/ubuntu/dists/oneiric/main/binary-i386/Packages 404 Not Found

    E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.
    jvm@server:~$ sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package handbrake-gtk
    jvm@server:~$