MacTheRipper

MacTheRipper 2.6.6

Rip your DVDs for free

IMPORTANT: MacTheRipper free version does not work on Lion. However, the project has been continued as a paid version in the form of MTR which does work on Lion. You will be given the option to download MTR when you click download. View full description

PROS

  • Fast and reliable
  • Select actions to disable
  • Select regions

CONS

  • Interface a little counter-intuitive
  • Future versions only available by private updates
  • Latest version is difficult to get hold of

Very good
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IMPORTANT: MacTheRipper free version does not work on Lion. However, the project has been continued as a paid version in the form of MTR which does work on Lion. You will be given the option to download MTR when you click download.

Although MacTheRipper's site has been shut down due to legal actions, the program still remains an excellent free DVD ripper.

MacTheRipper is perfect when you're looking to extract video from your DVDs, so that you can play them anywhere else. Although the interface will look a little confusing at first you should only focus on the 'Disc' and 'Mode' tabs. The first one allows you to select the regions you want the video to work in, and select which actions to disable while ripping your DVD.

The 'Mode' tab allows you to select your extraction mode, whether it's full disc, a certain chapter or a particular title. Once you're happy with your selection you just need to press 'Go!' and let MacThe Ripper do its work. The process is generally fairly quick.

If you want to update to a newer version of MacTheRipper, you'll have to sign up to the forum and follow instructions. It may not seem like the easiest way to do it, but at least it ensures that a strong community keeps it alive.

However, since version 2.6.6, MacTheRipper has been updated but the problem is that accessing the latest version (reported by those to have found it to be version 4) is quite a mystery. It seems that this has something to do with the legal status of the application and requires signing up for it via various forums. So while you might find that version 2.6.6 of MacTheRipper rips older discs fine, you might need the latest version to rip newer discs although good luck in finding it.

MacTheRipper is an excellent free DVD ripper for Mac.

Changes

  • Improves prescanning to fix crashing problems on certain DVDs
  • Faster prescanning by consolidating code into fewer passes to reduce seeking
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— User reviews — about MacTheRipper

  • jan.dou

    by jan.dou

    "Worth Paying! Has been worth it for years."

    Paid version? makes total sense to me. Millions of people using a product that this person(s) developed and kept up-to-d... More.

    reviewed on August 30, 2013

  • bowlinbd

    by bowlinbd

    "Does not work on OSX Lion"

    It appears that the new, free version of Mac The Ripper does not work on OSX Lion. I don't believe that there is an inh... More.

    reviewed on March 13, 2012

  • "Highly unstable!!!!"

    Highly unstable and doesn't work, good thing i didn't pay for it. If they ever try to start charging without fixing the ... More.

    reviewed on February 1, 2012

  • nicholasmead123

    by nicholasmead123

    "@Lion"

    <strong>IMPORTANT: MacTheRipper free version does not work on Lion. However, the project has been continue... More.

    reviewed on August 8, 2011

  • hdj8501

    by hdj8501

    "MacTheRipper 2.6.6 is the best!"

    ...and when you think about that MacTheRipper 2.6.6 has not had an update in years speaks volumes about what a stable we... More.

    reviewed on July 29, 2011

  • nreilly69

    by nreilly69

    "mac the ripper"

    i have a question??? when i downloaded (burned) the dvd on to my computer in a saved folder, i opened the folder to v... More.

    reviewed on December 29, 2010