HandBrake is an open-source tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs and can be installed and work quite well on Fedora Linux. HandBrake can open files in almost any format, convert them to MP4 or MKV files, and be used to create H.264 or H.265/HEVC video files.
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the HandBrake on Fedora 37/36/35 Linux using the command line terminal with two installation methods, RPM Fusion or the natively installed Flatpak packager using the Flathub as the source for the second installation option for users that prefer using Flatpaks.
Recommended Steps Before Installation
Before you continue, your system is advised to ensure all existing packages are up to date to avoid system conflicts during the installation and good system maintenance.
sudo dnf upgrade --refresh -y
#1st Method – Install HandBrake – RPM Fusion
The first option is to use the RPM fusion third-party repository. The recommended way to install HandBrake for Fedora users is by utilizing the DNF package manager. Execute the following commands to import the free and non-free repositories into your terminal.
Enable RPM Fusion Free Repository (Required)
sudo dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm
Enable RPM Fusion Nonfree Repository (Optional, Not Required)
sudo dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm
While installing the free repository, you can install the non-free repository; if you decide to require free popular closed-source software from it in the future, remember this is optional.
Next, execute the following dnf install command.
sudo dnf install handbrake handbrake-gui -y
#2nd Method – Install HandBrake – Flatpack/Flathub
The second option is to use the Flatpak package manager. Flatpak is installed and should be present unless you have removed it. This is another popular option similar to Snap but would be preferred since it comes natively installed.
First, if Flatpak has been removed, reinstall it using the following command.
sudo dnf install flatpak -y
Next, you need to enable Flatpack for Fedora using the following command in your terminal:
flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
Now install HandBrake using the following flatpak command:
flatpak install flathub fr.handbrake.ghb -y
If the above command does not work and you receive the “error: Unable to load summary from remote flathub: Can’t fetch summary from disabled remote ‘flathub,” use the following command.
flatpak remote-modify --enable flathub
This will fix the issue.
Launch HandBrake on Fedora Linux
Now that you have the application installed, launching can be done in two ways.
You can launch the application immediately using the following command for users with their terminal open.
Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance:
flatpak run fr.handbrake.ghb
However, this is not practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open the course.
Activities > Show Applications > HandBrake
Now open Handbrake to the default landing screen. From here, you can begin using the transcoding software.
Congratulations, you have successfully installed HandBrake.
Update HandBrake on Fedora Linux
Updates should appear in notifications, but if these fail to show sometimes, it is recommended to check using the terminal regardless. Use one of the following commands to check for updates.
sudo dnf update
Remove HandBrake on Fedora Linux
Use one of the following commands to suit the original installation method for users who no longer require the application.
DNF Remove Method
sudo dnf autoremove handbrake handbrake-ui
Note that autoremove will also delete any unused packages from HandBrake or other leftovers from previous applications. Most times, this is safe and should be done to keep your system from bloating.
Use the following commands for users who may want to disable RPM Fusion.
Disable RPM Fusion Free Updates Repository
sudo dnf config-manager --set-disabled rpmfusion-free
Disable RPM Non-Free Updates Repository
sudo dnf config-manager --set-disabled rpmfusion-nonfree
For users curious to see if this works, a quick way is to use the dnf repo | grep command as follows.
dnf repolist | grep rpmfusion
Nothing should be returned; if they are still present, you will see a printout of the repositories.
Flatpak Remove Method
flatpak remove --delete-data fr.handbrake.ghb -y
Next, run the following command for any leftover clean-ups required, similar to the autoremove command described for the dnf remove example command.
flatpak remove --unused
For more information, visit the official Handbrake documentation.