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 20.04 LTS or later are 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 some packaged versions have issues that can produce non-functioning builds.
Installing dependencies on Ubuntu
The following instructions are for Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). These should also work with Windows Subsystem for Linux.
Basic requirements to run commands:
- sudo (for normal user accounts)
Additional MinGW-w64 toolchain dependencies:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install automake autoconf autopoint build-essential cmake gcc git intltool libtool libtool-bin m4 make meson nasm ninja-build patch pkg-config python tar zlib1g-dev
Install the additional dependencies required to build the MinGW-w64 toolchain.
sudo apt-get install bison bzip2 curl flex g++ gzip pax
Building the MinGW-w64 toolchain and HandBrake
Clone the HandBrake repository.
git clone https://github.com/HandBrake/HandBrake.git && cd HandBrake
List available tags in the HandBrake 1.5.x release series, and check out the most recent.
git tag --list | grep ^1\.5\. git checkout refs/tags/$(git tag -l | grep -E '^1\.5\.[0-9]+$' | 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. For higher quality audio, enable the FDK AAC encoder by appending
--enable-fdk-aac. Builds including FDK AAC must be for personal use only and may not be distributed.1
./configure --cross=x86_64-w64-mingw32 --launch-jobs=$(nproc) --launch
When complete, you will find
HandBrakeCLI.exe in the
build directory and
To start over, simply remove the
rm -rf build
The following tools are required to build and run the GUI.
- Microsoft Visual Studio Community
- A Git client
- Source Tree (recommended)
- Client included with Visual Studio 2015 or later
hb.dll(see the LibHB build instructions preceding these, or download from https://handbrake.fr/nightly.php)
https://github.com/HandBrake/HandBrake.git 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.
- The FDK AAC encoder is only provided in source code form and is not fully compatible with the GNU General Public License Version 2 used by HandBrake. Builds including FDK AAC must be for personal use only and may not be distributed. Do not share the build product with others.↩