Building HandBrake for Windows

Command line interface and LibHB

Building the HandBrake CLI and LibHB (hb.dll) for Windows requires Linux and a recent MinGW-w64 toolchain. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or later is recommended; other distros may work as well. In all cases, we recommend you build the MinGW-w64 toolchain using our instructions and the included script, as most packaged versions have issues that can produce non-functioning builds.

The following instructions are for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.


Install all dependencies.

sudo apt-get install cmake curl gcc git intltool libtool m4 make patch python tar wget yasm

Clone the HandBrake repository.

git clone && cd HandBrake

Check out the most recent tag in the HandBrake 1.0.x release series.

git checkout refs/tags/$(git tag -l | grep -E '^1\.0\.[0-9]+$' | tail -n 1)

Build the MinGW-w64 toolchain using the included script, where username is your user name. Feel free to choose a different output path, if desired.

scripts/mingw-w64-build x86_64 /home/username/toolchains/

This process will take a few minutes, then provide you with instructions for adding the resulting binaries location to your environment’s PATH. Do this now.

Build HandBrake.

./configure --cross=x86_64-w64-mingw32 --enable-qsv --launch-jobs=$(nproc) --launch

When complete, you will find HandBrakeCLI.exe in the build directory and hb.dll in build/libhb.

To start over, simply remove the build directory.

if [[ "$(basename $(pwd))" == "build" ]]; then cd ..; fi
rm -rf build

Graphical interface

The following tools are required to build and run the GUI.

Clone using your git client.

Source code for the GUI resides in the win\CS folder and the solution file is named HandBrake.sln. Make sure HandBrakeWPF is set as the startup project in the Solution Explorer by right-clicking the name and selecting “Set as startup project”.

To build the GUI, select Build Solution from the Build menu.

When complete, locate the output folder where HandBrake.exe is created (typically in win\CS\HandBrakeWPF\bin\..., depending on the selected build profile). Copy hb.dll to this folder. This completes the build process.