System requirements

Hardware

The following is the minimum level of hardware that HandBrake supports. While it may be technically possible to run HandBrake on hardware older than this, it is neither recommended nor supported.

Linux

Mac

Windows

HandBrake’s QuickSync feature is only supported on Linux (experimental) and Windows. QuickSync requires a 2nd generation (Sandy Bridge) or newer Intel Core series processor with integrated Intel HD Graphics enabled and a directly connected display1.

Software

Linux

Ubuntu (Official PPA)

Several major versions are supported, see Where to get HandBrake for PPA details.

Other Linux

For any other distribution, you must compile from source.

Mac

Windows


  1. In lieu of a physically connected display, a display emulator adapter such as Headless Ghost will enable GPU functions such as QuickSync when connected to the Intel HD Graphics output port.