How to Install DVDStyler 3.3 via PPA in Ubuntu 22.04 23.04 23.04

This simple tutorial shows how to install the DVD authoring tool, DVDStyler 3.3 Beta, in Ubuntu 22.04 and/or Ubuntu 23.04.

DVDStyler is a free software for creating professional-looking DVDs. It provides many built-in buttons, templates, and file browser to make easy to burn DVDs.

I was maintaining a PPA with DVDStyler package for Ubuntu users, but stuck at v3.1.2, because of compile issue for the lastest v3.2. Now, it’s back and includes the latest DVDStyler 3.3 Beta for Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 22.04, and Ubuntu 23.04.

Features of DVDStyler 3.3 Beta so far include:

  • Ability to specify custom video file for buttons
  • Add object ‘Caption and rectangle’ (thanks to ecodrv)
  • Fix video frame selection dialog
  • Add setting “FFmpeg options” to specify transcoding options such as -hwaccel
  • Add menu template “wall” with text based title buttons

How to Install DVDStyler via Ubuntu PPA

First, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open a terminal windows. Then, run the commands below one by one to add the PPA and install DVDStyler.

1. To add the PPA in all current Ubuntu releases (amd64 and arm64/armhf), run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/dvdstyler

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

2. Linux Mint user need to manually refresh system package cache, though it’s done automatically in Ubuntu 20.04 and higher while adding PPA. To do so, run command:

sudo apt update

3. Finally, run command to install the software package:

sudo apt install dvdstyler

Fix ‘can’t open user configuration file’ error

In recent version, it may output an error on close of DVDStyler app window:

Failed to create a temporary file name (error 2: No such file or directory)
can’t open user configuration file.

The solution is just create the .dvdstyler folder in user’s home directory! Or, open terminal and run command:

mkdir -p ~/.dvdstyler

Uninstall DVDStyler

To remove the DVD authoring tool, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove dvdstyler

And, remove the Ubuntu PPA either by deleting source line from ‘Software & Updates‘ tool under ‘Other Software’ tab. Or, by running command in terminal:

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