Install Handbrake on Fedora 18

Unfortunately, there are no repos that contain Handbrake pre-built for Fedora. That's not always a bad thing, it just means we need to download and compile it on our machines. It's not as hard as it sounds! Here's how I did it:

We need to get any and all dependencies for Handbrake. I found these by checking the readme and a few other places on the web:


Lets get the development stuff first:

sudo yum groupinstall "Development Tools"


Now lets get all the other dependencies for Handbrake:

sudo yum install libass-devel libsamplerate-devel libogg-devel libtheora-devel libvorbis-devel yasm zlib-devel bzip2-devel fribidi-devel dbus-glib-devel libgudev1-devel webkitgtk-devel libnotify-devel gstreamer-devel gstreamer-plugins-base-devel libsamplerate-devel svn


Once we have all those installed, we can download a copy of Handbrake using SVN:

svn checkout svn:// hb-trunk


OK. Now we have everything we need to begin compiling lets change to the proper directory and compile!

cd hb-trunk


cd build


make install


That's all there is to it! You should now have Handbrake installed and ready for use. Please post below if you come across any problems.



  • geekphreek says:

    Worked perfectly, thanks.

  • Peter says:

    Works here to, although it took ages to make on my system (955 Phenomn 2 with 8 gig).


  • mike says:

    localhost hb-trunk]# ./configure
    -bash: ./configure: Permission denied

    I've tried chmodding it to be executale

    no joy

  • PaulO says:

    No joy here, failing on gmake 🙁 AFAICT it went ok until gmake with the exception of this "undefined symbol" error which I got a number of times when installing/updating the dependencies. When I tried to re-install the dependencies it said that they were all up to date and there was nothing to do,hence I moved on. Any help appreciated...


    dependency error:

    Updating : gtk2-2.24.19-1.fc18.i686 119/180
    /usr/bin/gtk-query-immodules-2.0-32: symbol lookup error: /lib/ undefined symbol: _glapi_tls_Dispatch
    warning: %post(gtk2-2.24.19-1.fc18.i686) scriptlet failed, exit status 127

    gmake error:

    # source='clean-temp.c' object='clean-temp.o' libtool=no
    /usr/bin/gcc -std=gnu99 -I. -I/home/poflynn/hb-trunk/build/contrib/include -I/home/poflynn/hb-trunk/build/contrib/include -c clean-temp.c
    In file included from clean-temp.h:22:0,
    from clean-temp.c:23:
    ./stdio.h:477:1: error: 'gets' undeclared here (not in a function)
    gmake[4]: *** [clean-temp.o] Error 1
    gmake[4]: Leaving directory `/home/poflynn/hb-trunk/build/contrib/m4/m4-1.4.16/lib'
    gmake[3]: *** [all] Error 2
    gmake[3]: Leaving directory `/home/poflynn/hb-trunk/build/contrib/m4/m4-1.4.16/lib'
    gmake[2]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
    gmake[2]: Leaving directory `/home/poflynn/hb-trunk/build/contrib/m4/m4-1.4.16'
    gmake[1]: *** [all] Error 2
    gmake[1]: Leaving directory `/home/poflynn/hb-trunk/build/contrib/m4/m4-1.4.16'
    gmake: *** [contrib/m4/] Error 2
    poflynn@theworld build$ uname -a
    Linux theworld.fdc 3.8.2-206.fc18.x86_64 #1 SMP Fri Mar 8 15:03:34 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

  • ZinMinTun says:

    find: ar...(pass) /usr/bin/ar
    find: cp...(pass) /usr/bin/cp
    find: curl...(pass) /usr/bin/curl
    find: gcc...(fail) not found
    : name[0] = gcc
    ERROR: unable to continue; configure stop.

  • Nothing More says:

    For those getting the following errors:

    ./stdio.h:456:1: error: 'gets' undeclared here (not in a function)

    use the following command to get around this error:

    sed -i -e '/gets is a security/d' ./build/contrib/m4/m4-1.4.16/lib/stdio.h

    • Nothing More says:

      Corrected command:

      sed -i -e ‘/gets is a security/d’ ./build/contrib/m4/m4-1.4.16/lib/

      • Sean says:

        How about:

        [root@st410 build]# sed -i -e ‘/gets is a security/d’ ./build/contrib/m4/m4-1.4.16/lib/
        sed: -e expression #1, char 1: unknown command: `�'


        • prShadoko says:

          If you copy-paste the command, you have to replace the quotes (those are not ASCII characters).
          This command simply suppresses the 477th line of the ./build/contrib/m4/m4-1.4.16/lib/ file which cause the error.

          More about the bug :

  • Budda says:

    This fix the problem :

    in file fix.path :

    --- a/lib/ 2011-03-01 17:39:29.000000000 +0100
    +++ b/lib/ 2012-07-05 22:35:32.348982786 +0200
    @@ -162,7 +162,9 @@
    so any use of gets warrants an unconditional warning. Assume it is
    always declared, since it is required by C89. */
    #undef gets
    _GL_WARN_ON_USE (gets, "gets is a security hole - use fgets instead");

    #if @GNULIB_FOPEN@
    # if @REPLACE_FOPEN@


    patch < fix.path

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