Installing dependencies on Debian

The following instructions are for Debian 9.12 Stretch through 10.3 Buster.

Basic requirements to run commands:

Dependencies:

Additional Debian 10 dependencies:

Additional Debian 9 dependencies not available in the base repository:

Intel Quick Sync Video dependencies (optional):

Graphical interface dependencies:

Install dependencies.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install autoconf automake build-essential cmake git libass-dev libbz2-dev libfontconfig1-dev libfreetype6-dev libfribidi-dev libharfbuzz-dev libjansson-dev liblzma-dev libmp3lame-dev libnuma-dev libogg-dev libopus-dev libsamplerate-dev libspeex-dev libtheora-dev libtool libtool-bin libvorbis-dev libx264-dev libxml2-dev libvpx-dev m4 make ninja-build patch pkg-config python tar zlib1g-dev

If you are running Debian 10, install the additional dependencies.

sudo apt-get install meson nasm

If you are running Debian 9, the meson package is too old. Install a newer version provided by the backports repository.

sudo add-apt-repository -s 'deb http://deb.debian.org/debian stretch-backports main'
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -t stretch-backports install meson

If you are running Debian 9, the nasm package is too old. Install a newer version provided by the Buster (Debian 10) repository1.

sudo curl -L 'http://ftp.debian.org/debian/pool/main/n/nasm/nasm_2.14.02-1_amd64.deb' -o /var/cache/apt/archives/nasm_2.14.02-1_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i /var/cache/apt/archives/nasm_2.14.02-1_amd64.deb

To build with Intel Quick Sync Video support, install the QSV dependencies.

sudo apt-get install libva-dev libdrm-dev

To build the GTK GUI, install the graphical interface dependencies.

sudo apt-get install intltool libappindicator-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev libglib2.0-dev libgstreamer1.0-dev libgstreamer-plugins-base1.0-dev libgtk-3-dev libgudev-1.0-dev libnotify-dev
sudo apt-get install libwebkit2gtk-4.0-dev || sudo apt-get install libwebkitgtk-3.0-dev

Debian is now prepared to build HandBrake. See Building HandBrake for Linux for further instructions.


  1. Installing newer packages than those available in the base repository may lead to incompatibility with other software expecting specific package versions.