Installing dependencies on Debian

The following instructions are for Debian 9.4 (Stretch) x86_64.

Basic requirements to run commands:


Additional dependencies not available in the base repository:

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 libogg-dev libopus-dev libsamplerate-dev libspeex-dev libtheora-dev libtool libtool-bin libvorbis-dev libx264-dev libxml2-dev m4 make patch pkg-config python tar yasm zlib1g-dev

The nasm package provided by Debian 9 is too old. Install a newer version provided by Debian sid (unstable/development distribution)1.

sudo curl -L '' -o /var/cache/apt/archives/nasm_2.13.03-1_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i /var/cache/apt/archives/nasm_2.13.03-1_amd64.deb

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 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.