Ripping copy protected DVDs on linux (ripguard, puppetlock, arccos etc)

Unfortunately, you can’t!!! Well, not as far as I can tell, I’ve asked around and scoured the web but it seems there’s no use, there simply isn’t a way to do it on linux. The next best thing is to use DVDFab for windows via Wine (it kind of semi-officially works with Wine).

As I found nothing really solid on google, I thought I’d write this post as it’s annoying when you can’t find anything.


How infuriating! What a great way to encourage people to illegally download things instead of buying them. I wonder when (or if) these movie studios will ever learn that it’s a really dumb idea to stop people having total control over things they buy.

14 thoughts on “Ripping copy protected DVDs on linux (ripguard, puppetlock, arccos etc)

  1. You can rip Arccos corrupted DVDs with VLC 100% of the time. DVD95 also works, directly, on some Arccos corrupted disks and if if doesn’t work directly you can use ddrescue to dump an image of the DVD and then use DVD95 on the image.

    I have more details available here…

  2. You can also do it with mplayer by dumping the video or sound or both on to the harddrive.

    mplayer dvd://x -alang en -slang en -dumpstream -dumpfile filename.vob
    mplayer dvd://x -alang en -slang en -dumpvideo -dumpfile filename.vob
    mplayer dvd://x -alang en -slang en dumpaudio -dumpfile filename.ac3

    this command will dump the entire stream, x is the title number, and you can ofcourse set whatever language settings that are available.

    if you need to rip just certain chapter add -chapter x-x to any of the commands.

    hope I helped.

  3. This won’t work because of the copy protection! You’ll just get a lot of green, although the sound should come through ok. Remember, I’m not talking about DeCSS.

  4. Nope, as far as I know there still isn’t an easy way around these copy protections unless you use anyDVD or something similar for windows..which *might* run under wine, but probably not.

    Vote with your wallet, don’t buy anything with silly DRM on it.

  5. Yeah, it’ll get past DeCSS but not many (if any) of the “newer” non-standard copy protections as mentioned in the post. Last time I looked anyway!

  6. arccos is no problem. Xine can play it and will show you the “correct” title and then you can also use mplayer with that number when using dvdnav, e.g. mplayer -nocache dvdnav://17. And then you can mplayer -nocache -dumpstream dvdnav://17

  7. trying to copy Transformer 3, with no luck, it crashes K9copy, KB3, Handbrake, VLC media. Thoggen and Acidrip just give you error messages. Libcdcss2? does no good either. I will work on it…

  8. Yeah, I bought the Hancock DVD years ago and watched it all and it was awesome, love that movie. This year I finally got around to building my NAS and started transferring all my DVDs over. I like to transfer the entire thing so I get all the extras, not just the main feature. I usually won’t bother buying a DVD if it doesn’t have some kick-ass extras, so I’d definitely like to have those available on my media center (OpenELEC FTW). Unfortunately, nothing I’ve found under Linux can rip this particular DVD. It’s Sony, so I’m assuming ARccOS. I love how everybody is all: VLC can do it, Handbrake can do it, blah blah blah. No, all those things can bypass the CSS, it’s true. But none of them can get past the bad sector thing. Even ddrescue is useless here because the first pass (-n) only gets 300M or so of the 8G disc. Even after running for several days it was only able to recover 6G of it and it’s completely unwatchable. Like, literally, it still doesn’t play. Even if I go directly to the VOB files they either don’t work or they’re chopped up like ’80s cable pr0n. I guess those 2G of data must actually be important! LOLBCOTI And yes, I tried it with dd_rescue (well dd_rhelp actually) and in multiple drives.

    I’m having my co-worker try with Mac the Ripper to see if it can at least get some of it. All I want to do is make use of the product I already bought on the device of my choosing. How am I a criminal for that?!? By wanting to find a pirated copy of this DVDFab DVD Copy tool and see if it works under Wine with this ARccOS junk, that’s how. heh…

    It just amazes me that the disc can work perfectly in the DVD player and fail so hard in the DVD drive. The thing is, there is part of the DVD designed for PCs, so it mounts on my Linux and BSD boxes perfectly and I can access all the Windows and Mac files. I’m guessing this is part of the 300M that ddrescue was able to get–along with the IFO and BUP files which I seem to be able to access. However, if I try to copy the VOB files, I/O errors start blowing up all over the place. Look at the back of the disc, it’s beautiful and shiny, no blemishes, no indication that anything would be wrong at all. This is truly some awe inspiring tech; I am honestly impressed by their ability to pull this off, to target files so specifically in such a narrow use case. I just wish Sony would use their genius for good instead of evil. Sigh…

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  10. Old thread, but I have a solution to share :

    $ dvdbackup -i /dev/my-dvd-device -p -M
    $ genisoimage -dvd-video -v -o my-dvd-image.iso dvdbackup-generated-folder

    This gave me a .iso file that VLC and Gnome Videos can play.

    This worked for me on a DVD I couldn’t copy otherwise (VLC, DVD::rip, Acidrip all failed, only Handbrake had managed to convert the main video to MP4).

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