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AnyDVD alternatives

Slysoft, makers of the popular DVD and Blu-Ray copying software AnyDVD has closed shop effectively immediately.

The official homepage contains a short statement why AnyDVD is not available anymore: "Due to recent regulatory requirements we have had to cease all activities relating to SlySoft Inc." but no other content at this point in time.

AnyDVD users are probably wondering how this is going to affect their version of the software when it comes to its functionality. While it should work fine with current and past releases, it may not support future releases due to a lack of updates.

Note: DVD or Blu-Ray ripping, copying or converting, or the circumvention of copy protection methods, is illegal in some countries. Other countries allow you to copy or convert discs that you have purchased.

Update: It appears that AnyDVD is back, sort of. The software is now called RedFox, and hosted on a site in Belize. A new version of the software has been released for existing customers who can upgrade their version of AnyDVD to it to regain connections to the key server.

AnyDVD alternatives

The following selection lists AnyDVD alternatives that you may want to try as they may replace the program on your system fully or partially.

bitRipper

bitripper

BitRipper converts DVD discs to the AVI video format. It is an easy to use program that requires less than five clicks to convert DVDs to the AVI format.

Put a disc into the drive, pick a track (usually the default is what you want), pick an output path if you don't like the default, and hit "start ripping".

Experienced users can modify conversion parameters under settings if they so desire. The program supports CSS protected DVDs.

DVDFab HD Decrypter

dvdfab

The program supports older DVD and Blu-Ray formats only. If supported, you may copy the full disc or the main movie to the local computer system

DVDFab Passkey Lite

passkey

The free version of Passkey comes with a handful of limitations. While you can use it to watch Blu-Ray movies on your PC, it cannot be used to backup these movies to the hard drive like the commercial versions of Passkey can be used for.

MakeMKV

makemkv

MakeMKV is a free cross-platform (Windows, Linux and Mac) DVD and Blu-Ray conversion software that converts the video clips found on discs to MKV files.

While that is not the same as creating a copy of a DVD or Blu-Ray disc, it opens up options to do that later on by using software that burns any video format to DVD or Blu-Ray.

MakeMKV can be used to create a full disc backup on the hard drive as well.

MakeMKV reads protected and unprotected DVD and Blu-Ray discs, preserves chapter information, video and auto tracks, and meta information, and requires no additional software to convert the media.

The program itself is dead easy to use. Pop in a DVD or Blu-Ray, wait for it to be loaded and click on the "open disk" button that is displayed in the interface.

MakeMKV displays the content of the disc to you giving you options to check or uncheck individual items as you see fit.

Once done, set an output folder and hit the "make mkv" button to start the conversion.

Other free alternatives

These alternatives may be worth a try. While they may work well, they may not have received updates in a long while.

  • DVD 43 - This is a plugin only that other programs can use to decrypt encrypted DVD discs.
  • DVD Decrypter - A DVD backup software supporting free and CSS protected discs.

Commercial AnyDVD alternatives

The following commercial AnyDVD alternatives are available currently. Please note that some of these programs are found regularly on sites like Shareware on Sale or Giveaway of the Day where you can snag a copy for free.

DVDFab Software

dvdfab

DVDFab had its run-in with the authorities as well as several company domains were seized in the past.

The company operates out of China currently where all of its programs are available for international buyers as well.

The company has created six commercial programs that copy or convert DVD or Blu-Ray videos.

They are:

  • DVD Copy - The program can copy the DVD to another blank DVD, create a DVD folder or an ISO image on the hard drive, or compress the content found on the DVD so that it fits on smaller discs.
  • DVD Ripper - Convert DVDs to popular video formats or for playback on devices you own.
  • Blu-Ray Copy - The program copies Blu-Ray discs to Blu-Ray/DVD/AVCHD discs, or to the computer hard drive.
  • Blu-Ray Ripper - Converts Blu-Ray movies to 2D or 3D video formats.
  • Passkey for DVD - This driver for Windows removes protection from encrypted DVD discs. In addition, it may be used to rip DVDs to the hard drive.
  • Passkey for BluRay -  This driver removes protection from encrypted Blu-Ray discs instead. It too enables you to copy the contents of a Blu-Ray disc to the hard drive.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

winx dvd ripper

The program supports DVD discs only. It reads free and copy protected DVDs, and can convert them easily in different formats based on your specification.

Apart from creating video files directly, it ships with profiles that you can make use of to create videos for Android, iPhone and other devices that you own so that you can play them on said devices without having to worry about formats and other technical information.

Other commercial alternatives

The following programs may be suitable alternatives to AnyDVD and AnyDVD HD.

  • Leawo DVD Ripper - The company's Blu-Ray ripper has been removed from the homepage, but the DVD Ripper is still available. It converts DVDs to more than 180 different formats and devices.
  • Magic Blu-Ray Ripper - Rip Blu-Ray discs and ISO images to video formats, or convert them directly for select devices.
  • Pavtube ByteCopy - The program converts Blu-Ray and DVD discs to (losless) MKV, or to multi-track mp4, avi or mov video formats.
  • Pavtube DVDAid and BDMagic - Cheaper as DVDFab's and WinX's solution, the program supports the same features. It reads any DVD or Blu-Ray discs, and can copy the entire disc to the hard drive, or convert it to various formats or for supported devices. Please note that BDMagic includes a DVD Ripper.

Now You: Did we miss a program? Feel free to post suggestions in the comment section below.

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  1. Dave said on February 25, 2016 at 3:53 pm
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    I’m more interested in how to get a CloneCD 5 licence now (for €30 or less).

  2. Pete said on February 25, 2016 at 3:56 pm
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    Depressing news. :( AnyDVD + Isobuster for ripping was my very handy tool set.

    Hopefully they popup again in some other country that allows them to operate.

  3. Mike said on February 25, 2016 at 4:12 pm
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    What I will miss the most is Virtual Clone Drive

    1. Corky said on February 25, 2016 at 5:26 pm
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      You made the same mistake as me, i had to check who made Virtual Clone Drive and found out it’s made by Elaborate Bytes and not Slysoft.

      1. Mike said on February 25, 2016 at 7:35 pm
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        Oh yea you’re right. oddly it was always on the Slysoft website too.

    2. anon said on February 26, 2016 at 12:56 pm
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      What for? Windows 8/10 can mount ISOs natively. Windows XP/Vista/7 users can use WinCDEmu.

  4. big-red said on February 25, 2016 at 7:37 pm
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    Another lifetime license gone. Still recovering from the demise of my Outpost Security Suite Lifetime License. Makes me wonder if these licenses are worth the extra money?

  5. Decent60 said on February 25, 2016 at 9:29 pm
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    Reasoning (from their forum):
    “I regret you that, but you are wrong. SlySoft is under massive pressure since 2007. From Websheriff over Irdeto, US department of Justice to AACS-LA. He resisted for many years. More than anybody else. So please, be fair. ”

    Some more interesting information tho bout Slyfox’s AnyDVD

    “DVDs: All DVDs should continue work. OPD is only used to speed up things, it is optional.
    HD-DVDs: All work.
    Blu-Ray AACS: AnyDVD contains data for roughly 130000 discs, these will continue to work. Discs not included in AnyDVD will need the OPD. OPD results will be cached locally, if you copy the cache, you can move it to another PC.
    Blu-Ray BD+, 20th Century Fox: Recent discs (1-2 years?) need OPD. Older titles work. OPD results will be cached locally, if you copy the cache, you can move it to another PC.
    Blu-Ray Java protection (mostly Lionsgate): Recent discs (1 year?) need OPD. Older titles work. OPD results are not cached.
    Blu-ray cinavia: Will continue to work with current players & software.

    Note for the technical skilled: The servers are still running, probably as long as the bills are paid, but their DNS entries are removed.
    If you have a router with a DNS proxy or can edit your Windows hosts file, you can add a key.slysoft.com with an IP address for one of the key server proxies.
    I don’t know how long the servers will continue to run.”

    More reads here: https://forum.slysoft.com/threads/slysoft-closed.68304/

    Also DVDFab won’t support/decrypt AACS 2.0, according to this article: http://www.myce.com/news/dvdfab-we-will-not-decrypt-or-circumvent-aacs-2-0-in-the-days-to-come-78698/

  6. Corky said on February 26, 2016 at 7:48 am
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    It’s shame the US Government has such a far reaching effect, yes it’s illegal to make backups or format shift media you own in some countries like America but (afaik) it’s not illegal all over the world

  7. Gil said on February 26, 2016 at 10:19 am
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    I like freemake video converter

  8. pol said on February 26, 2016 at 2:54 pm
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    cdfreaks.com was the earliest memory I have for ripping. I flashed cd drives to make then write more than 650MB. Slysoft was a reminder of those days.

  9. Advertisement said on February 26, 2016 at 5:36 pm
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    I’m not get use to these software, question: isn’t enough Passkey full for CD\DVD\BD and then use ImgBurn (to ISO) or BD Rebuilder (to BD) or Vidcoder (for mp4\mkv conversion). Ok, still missing DVD to DVD; is still necessary? Never use MakeMKV but it has good reviews at Videohelp.

  10. SD said on February 26, 2016 at 6:41 pm
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    They should sell movies and music albums on (Micro)SD cards
    “some” years ago a company in Germany tried it
    http://www.computerbase.de/2005-06/musikalbum-im-mp3-format-auf-speicherkarte/

  11. Chains The Bounty Hunter said on February 27, 2016 at 6:50 am
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    Still weird to see anything DVDFab related being recommended after the issues people claimed it had years ago (to the end that AnyDVD was the only thing being recommended in terms of paid software for the same purposes).

  12. TimberTree said on February 27, 2016 at 6:19 pm
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    Are the above solutions good for different region DVD’s? I have a large collection of Movies I bought when I used to live in the UK and want to convert them to MKV or MP4 so I can watch them here in the states.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 27, 2016 at 6:22 pm
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      You can play mkv or mp4 that you have created in any region.

      1. TimberTree said on February 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm
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        thanks for the reply, however I was referring to the actual software. would the software (MakeMKV, DVDFab Passkey Lite, bitRipper etc) be able to read the original dvd in the drive so that I can convert it to mkv or mp4 or would I need something like anydvd installed to bypass the region lock first?

      2. Martin Brinkmann said on February 27, 2016 at 7:25 pm
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        No, you don’t need additional software for that usually.

      3. TimberTree said on February 27, 2016 at 7:29 pm
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        Thanks Martin!

  13. Adithya FRK said on February 28, 2016 at 9:13 am
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    Actually DVDFab is of no use at all. They announced earlier that it won’t update it’s software to decrypt the next protection system AACS2.

    So DVDfab will just have the same functionality of anydvd and is not an alternative. Both can only decrypt AACS encryption and DVDFab will not implement AACS2 in the future.

  14. CHEF-KOCH said on February 29, 2016 at 3:54 pm
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    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 29, 2016 at 4:13 pm
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      Now that is a surprising turn of events. Hacked? Change of heart?

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 29, 2016 at 5:11 pm
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        Now it is returning a 404, maybe someone pushed the old site back and noticed the error.

  15. CHEF-KOCH said on March 2, 2016 at 11:35 am
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  16. Steven said on March 30, 2016 at 11:00 am
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    These programs are only alternatives if you used AnyDVD for ripping. I used AnyDVD (years ago) to get around my first LCD TV not being HDCP compliant. Nowdays I use it so I can present an (unencrypted) network BD drive to Kodi on my tablet.

  17. Joe C said on May 20, 2016 at 6:01 pm
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    I was at one time a Life Time License owner of Any DVD. Personally, I do not think it’s fair to say “Slysoft is belly up but we are keeping the software” to re-sell back to it’s clients, and at the same very generous discount of 20% just like before, but only for 2 months for previous license owners.
    I have to seriously question the new folks of Any DVD, they state it’s nobody’s business of the Any DVD software copyright, They close any threads of peeps questioning the responses about no discounts to previous license owners ( I know…20% but it always was 20% before too). and I have no trust in ANY DVD just from the attitude of the new owners.
    I too have looked around and found MakeMKV just before I read the article. I tried it out and it works very well. If you need to convert the .MKV filke to a .TS or a M2ts file, you can use tsMuxer. Both of these programs are free and open source and it just works on my Windows 7 Pro operating system.
    :)

  18. Frank said on July 8, 2016 at 9:24 am
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    Martin, MakeMKV is free and very reliable. You imply it cannot create a copy of a DVD or Blu-ray disc. Actually, MakeMKV can create a decrypted backup of a Blu-ray disc on a hard drive. The decrypted backup will contain all the files from the original disc and the M2TS files will be decrypted (both AACS and BD+ will be removed). See http://www.makemkv.com/faq/item/4

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on July 8, 2016 at 10:25 am
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      Frank, thanks for letting me know. I have added the information to the review.

  19. FletchNZ said on December 28, 2016 at 6:10 am
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    To be honest, if you have a blu-ray drive on your computer, you almost HAVE to have one of these programs such as Any-DVD in order to get anything to play. I don’t think that is right. I should be able to put a blu-ray in my drive and have it play discs from my region without any problem, but that seems not to be the case. And it isn’t right.

  20. sophialiu said on September 10, 2017 at 4:40 am
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    Thank you for your share.

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