HandBrake 1.7.3 Released with Bug-Fixes (Ubuntu PPA)

HandBrake video transcoder announced a new update for the 1.7.x release a few days ago.

This release includes only bug-fixes and minor improvements. They include:

    • Fix formatting leading zeros for timestamps in logs
    • Incorrect input FPS detection
    • tx3g to SSA subtitles conversion issue.
    • “All Files” open file dialog filter not really show all files in Linux.
    • add a new default audio track automatically set the gain to -20 dB
    • VideoToolbox crashes on macOS Sonoma

  • For Windows:
    • Improve security hardening of loading of DLL files within libhb by limiting search scope
    • Improve keyboard navigation on Chapters tab
    • Fix an issue that could cause encodes to appear stalled when process isolation is turned on
    • Fix an issue that could prevent QSV decode from being used when a system also has a non-Intel GPU
    • Fix an issue where the drive label was not always correctly detected

How to Install HandBrake 1.7.3

HandBrake provides official packages for downloading at its website.

For Linux, it’s universal Flatpak package runs in sandbox. Linux Mint 21 and Fedora 38/39 (with 3rd repository enabled) can install it either from Software Manager or GNOME Software.

While, Ubuntu user can install the Flatpak package by running the 2 commands below one by one in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo apt install flatpak
flatpak install https://dl.flathub.org/repo/appstream/fr.handbrake.ghb.flatpakref

For Ubuntu users who prefer the classic .deb package, I’ve made the package into this unofficial PPA for Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 22.04, and Ubuntu 23.10 with amd64 and arm64 devices support.

1. First, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/handbrake

Type user password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2. After adding PPA, run command to refresh package cache, for some Ubuntu based systems that’s not doing so automatically.

sudo apt update

3. Finally, install or upgrade to the new HandBrake version by running command:

sudo apt install handbrake

For choice, you may also run sudo apt install handbrake-cli to install the command line tool.

When installation done, search for and launch the app from either start/application menu or ‘Activities’ overview depends on your desktop environment.


To remove the Ubuntu PPA, either open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/handbrake

or, just remove the source line using ‘Software & Updates’ tool under “Other Software” tab.

To remove the HandBrake video transcoder, run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove handbrake handbrake-cli

That’s all. Enjoy!