Part 1. Why Decrypt Blu-rays?

If you are a fan of Blu-ray quality content and have a pile of such discs lying in your cupboard, it is a good idea to digitize the content not only to avoid losing your bought content due to disc damage but also so that you can play it on your smartphone, desktop and other devices which are not capable of playing Blu-ray discs. 

However, there are numerous kinds of copy protection like AACS, BD+, Cinavia and BD-J to protect users’ illegal use of Blu-ray discs. Copyright protection is the key defense against copyright infringement. With the help of it, things will be difficult when one is making a digital backup of Blu-rays into other media like a hard drive and a USB stick. Therefore, if it is for personal preference instead of commercial use, we need to decrypt Blu-rays.

How to Decrypt Blu-ray

Part 2. How to Decrypt Blu-ray? - Top 5 Blu-ray Decrypters 

There are two ways to decrypt a Blu-ray. One way is to remove the protections and make an exact duplicate copy of your Blu-ray to a blank disc with a Blu-ray copy software, and another way is to use a Blu-ray ripping software to rip and convert the Blu-ray into whichever digital format you like.

There are many programs available to decrypt Blu-rays while you are copying or ripping your Blu-ray disc/folder/ISO files. And such Blu-ray decryption is totally automatic. Subsequently, I will list some top Blu-ray decrypters able to decrypt Blu-rays easily and fast, telling you how to use each of them.

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Please note: The information provided about removing Blu-ray copy protection is intended for personal or educational purposes only. Always remember to respect intellectual property rights and use the following Blu-ray decrypters responsibly!

(1) DVDFab Blu-ray Ripper

DVDFab Blu-ray Ripper

DVDFab Blu-ray Ripper

DVDFab Blu-ray Ripper allows you to rip and convert any 2D or 3D Blu-ray / ISO file / Folder to any video & audio format playable on any device, media player, or home theatre. 

DVDFab Blu-ray Ripper is a dedicated Blu-ray decrypter and converter that is worth trying. This powerful tool features an exclusive Cloud Decryption Service that can not only decrypt any kinds of existing Blu-ray protections but also constantly update to support newly released Blu-ray protections. It is able to decrypt and convert your Blu-ray to any digital video or audio format without quality loss for easy playback on your chosen device.

💻Supported OS: Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 & macOS 10.10 - 13

 Key Features
  • The ONLY tool that keeps updating to decrypt the newest-released encrypted Blu-rays.
  • Decrypt: AACS, BD+, BD-J, RC, Country Code, etc.
  • Input: Blu-ray disc (2D & 3D), Blu-ray folder, Blu-ray ISO image file.
  • Output: 1000+ video & audio formats, such as MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV, MP3, etc.
  • Portable Devices: 260+, such as Apple, Google, HTC, HuaWei, Microsoft, Nokia, etc.
  • Quality: 1080p, the same as the original video.
  • Speed: Super-fast batch conversion with Hardware (GPU) Acceleration.
  • Video Editor: Crop, trim, rotate, merge videos, apply watermarks and effects, add subtitles, adjust video color, speed up/down.

How to decrypt Blu-ray using DVDFab Blu-ray Ripper:

Step 1: Download and install DVDFab Blu-ray Ripper. No registration is required to free use this tool.

Step 2:On the main screen select Ripper option. If the source is a BD then attach a Blu-ray player external with the disc inside. Navigate to the disc after click on the Add button and if it is an ISO you can directly drag and drop the file to the main UI.

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After loading the source file, click the "Source Info" button to see what copy protections the source Blu-ray has. And of course, all the protections have been automatically detected and removed.

How to Decrypt Blu-ray

Step 3: Once the source file has been loaded, click on the Profile Switcher button to choose the profile for conversion. With DVDFab Blu-ray Ripper you can decrypt the Blu-ray content to any audio formats, 2D & 3D video formats, or devices in support of video playback. 

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Step 4: Tnhen go back to the main interface and select the Titles, Audio tracks and the subtitles you want to be present in the output file. Use the Advanced settings toolbar and the Video editor to do other video and audio customizations.

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Step 5: Once all settings are done, select an output directory and click on the Start button to start the ripping process which you can see in another window. Once the output file is generated you can see the end result how Blu-ray decryption and conversion is done using DVDFab Blu-ray Ripper.

How to decrypt blu ray

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DVDFab has a totally free DVD/Blu-ray decrypter called DVDFab HD Decrypter. This free tool is the simplified version of DVDFab Blu-ray Ripper and Blu-ray Copy combined, enabling you to decrypt most encrypted DVDs and Blu-rays released one year ago and then copy them with limited copy modes or rip them with limited conversion profiles.

(2) DVDFab Blu-ray Copy

DVDFab Blu-ray Copy is an expert in decrypting Blu-ray discs and making a 1:1 copy/clone of it on another disc or on your hard drive with the 2D/3D information intact. With this tool, you can efficiently backup or compress any copy-protected Blu-ray disc to a blank disc directly or save it as an ISO image file or folder on your hard drive. It provides five copy modes to meet your diverse Blu-ray needs.

💻Supported OS: Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 & macOS 10.10 - 13

 Key Features
  • The ONLY tool that supports decrypting the newest-released encrypted Blu-rays.
  • Decrypt: AACS, BD+, BD-J, RC, Country Code, etc.
  • Copy Modes: Full Disc, Main Movie, Customize, Clone/Burn, Merge.
  • Import: Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray folder, Blu-ray ISO image file.
  • Output: The same as the import.
  • Quality: Lossless.
  • Speed: Super-fast batch copying with Hardware (GPU) acceleration.

How to decrypt Blu-ray using DVDFab Blu-ray Copy:

Step 1: Download and install DVDFab Blu-ray copy.

Step 2: After launching the software, select the "Copy" option first and go to the Mode Switcher menu to select the copy mode you require. Then insert your Blu-ray disc and navigate to it by clicking on the Add button, or just drag and drop the ISO or the Blu-ray folder to the main screen. 

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After loading the source file, click the "Info" button, and you will see that all the copy protections from the source Blu-ray have been automatically detected and removed.

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Step 3: Then you can choose the Titles, subtitles, and audio track that you want to copy to the output file, or add external subtitles.  You can also define the volume label and choose the output file type from BD 50, BD 25 BD 9 or D-5 from the Advanced Settings panel.

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Step 4: At the bottom of the UI, in the "Save to" bar select your optical drive as the directory. You can also select the "ISO" icon or "Folder" icon to save you decrpted Blu-ray videos on your computer. Finally, click on the Start button to start the copy process immediately. A new window will open showing you the progress where you can pause or cancel the task if required. 

(3) EaseFab Blu-ray Ripper 

EaseFab Blu-ray Ripper is a versatile Blu-ray decrypter that can decrypt various types of BD/DVD sources encrypted with AACS, BD+ and MKB technology. Its ripping feature allows conversion of these decrypted Blu-ray/DVD materials into more than 250 popular video and audio formats. The software also provides over 200 pre-configured device profiles to simplify the ripping process for specific devices.

💻Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 and macOS 10.13 or later

 Key Features
  • Decrypt: AACS, BD+, MKB.
  • Input: Blu-ray disc, ISO image file, and Folder.
  • Output: Rip Blu-ray to MKV, MP4, MP3 and 500+ video and audio formats
  • Portable Devices: 200+, such as iPhone, iPad, iPod, PSP, HTC, Samsung.
  • Quality: The same as the source video.
  • Speed: fast.
  • Video Editor: Trim, crop, add watermarks and adjust video effects.

How to remove Blu-ray copy protection using EaseFab Blu-ray Ripper:

Step 1: Load Blu-ray Files: Insert the encrypted Blu-ray disc into your drive and upload the movies to EaseFab Blu-ray Ripper. It will automatically select the longest title, typically containing the main movie.

Step 2: Adjust Settings: Choose your preferred audio or subtitle track from the drop-down lists. Select an output format or device under Profile and designate a destination folder for your converted files. Optional editing features are also available to customize your video, like trim, crop, effect, watermark etc.

Step 3: Convert: When ready, click on 'Convert' to start converting your file. Once finished, find your converted video files in the selected destination folder.

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(4) VideoSolo Blu-ray Ripper 

VideoSolo BD-DVD Ripper, also known as VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper, is a user-friendly Blu-ray decrypter that adopts adopt decoding and decrypting technology to bypass various Blu-ray protections and convert them to more than 300 digital formats, such as MP4, MKV, MOV, WMV, MP3, etc. Customized options are also available, like selecting audio tracks and subtitles based on your preference.

💻Supported OS: Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP (SP2 or later) and Mac OS X 10.7 or above

Key Features
  • Decrypt: APS, CSS, ARccOS, CPRM, AACS, BD+.
  • Import: Blu-ray disc/folder/ISO file.
  • Output: 300+ video/audio fromats, suc as MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, MP3, WMA.
  • Portable Devices: Apple, Android, smartphones, etc.
  • Quality: The same as original video.
  • Speed: Fast batch conversion.
  • Editing tool: Cut, crop, rotate, merge, adjust effect, add filter and add watermark. 

How to decrypt Blu-rays using VideoSolo Blu-ray Ripper:

Step 1: Download and Install VideoSolo Blu-ray Ripper. Insert your encrypted Blu-ray disc to Blu-ray drive.

Step 2: Import your file by clicking "Load Disc" > "Load BD Disc". Then choose the videos you want to decrypt and rip from the "Full Movie List".

Step 3: Select desired audio tracks and subtitles for ripping with your video if needed. Choose an output format by clicking on "Rip All to" dropdown box.

Step 4: Set an output path by clicking the "Browse" button where your converted Blu-ray video will be saved. Finally, start the decryption process by pressing "Rip All". 

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(5) ImElfin Blu-ray Ripper

ImElfin Blu-ray Ripper is a software tool that enables users to decrypt and convert Blu-ray discs into accessible formats such as MKV, AVI, and MP4. It offers features like trimming, cropping video size, merging multiple videos into one or splitting a single video into several files. Additionally, it allows the addition of optional subtitles to the output movie.

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 Key Features
  • Decrypt: Blu-ray MKB, AACS, BD-Live, OPs.
  • Import: Blu-ray disc (2D & 3D)
  • Output: MP4, H.264, AVI, MP3, WMV, WMA, etc.
  • Portable Devices: iPad, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, Xbox 360/One, PS3/4, etc.
  • Speed: fast
  • Editing tool: Crop, merge, split; add watermark and video effects

How to decrypt Blu-rays using ImElfin Blu-ray Ripper:

Step 1: Load the desired Blu-ray disc into your Blu-ray drive and use the "Load Disc" button to add videos.

Step 2: Choose your preferred output format under 'Profile' and designate a destination folder for saving converted movies in 'Output'. Adjust video/audio resolution, frame rate, bit rate etc., via the 'Settings' button for optimal quality.

Step 3: Click on the 'Start' button to initiate decrypting and ripping of your Blu-ray movies. Wait until conversion completes then use 'Find Target' to retrieve your newly converted video files.

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Part 3. Extented Info: Five Common Blu-ray Copy Protections

There are five kinds of Blu-ray copy protections in detail. Besides them, others may be also used but are less popular than them. No matter which kinds of copy protection, they can be applied to both Blu-rays and DVDs. Now, let's have a look.

(1) DRM

Popularly known as DRM protection. This is a standard that the prerecorded Blu-ray comes with. The only files on which this protection is applied are the stream files and not the other files that are present in Blu-ray disks. Such protection is applied for pre-recorded disks and the same goes for other Blu-ray protections.

(2) AACS Encryption

This encryption has been developed by a consortium of media industry leaders - Disney, Intel, Microsoft, Panasonic, Warner Bros., IBM, Toshiba, and Sony. It stands for Advanced Access Content System (AACS) and the consortium is known as AACS Licensing Administrator. The encryption used as part of this is 128-bit AES encryption. The Blu-ray players or the device have the Device key while the disks have Media Key Block. Using these two a Media key is generated which decrypts the Title key which is finally used to decrypt the audio and video in the disc.

The list of keys with AACS encryption that are available with the players can be revoked in case there is a suspicion that the keys have been compromised. Whenever a newer version of Blu-ray is inserted into a player, the drive checks for the Host Revocation List in the "Media Key Block" and updates it in the permanent non-volatile memory of the device. This system ensures that even if there is a hack and a list of keys are leaked (which happens quite often) by people looking to decrypt Blu-ray discs, the AACS consortium still has the chance of revoking the old list and creating a new one.

(3) BD+ Protection

BD+ Protection is optional protection that is applied in addition to AACS encryption. This protection garble or mangles the video content with instructions within the disc itself on how to repair the content. The instructions are known as BD+ instructions and run on a virtual machine.

The virtual machine runs the BD+ instructions and fetches a "Fix-up Table" to fix the mangled parts of the video. However, BD+ protection was hacked by reverse-engineering the VM in 2008 by hackers who were looking at how to decrypt Blu-ray with BD+ protection. Since then there is a continuous stream of changes in upcoming VMs along with BD+ discs which are yet again reverse engineered by hackers keeping the loop running.

(4) Cinavia

Cinavia is a protection tool developed by a company called Verance and since 2012 it is compulsorily supported by all Blu-ray players. Cinavia protection is an audio watermark that is present in addition to AACS protection and helps prevent theatre recordings of movies (CAM recording) to be released online or as a personal copy.

While this audio is not audible to human ears, Blu-ray players can read this watermark and figure out if the media content you are trying to play on a home disk is for theatres. It can also check if the AACS encryption used on the disk is similar to the one that was used on the original recording. The reason why this is hard to crack protection is that the watermark differs from each disk to disk therefore making a general decrypting logic difficult. If the player detects a counterfeit, it will degrade the audio quality of the Blu-ray, therefore, making it a poor copy of the original 4k content.

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Wondering how to decrypt Blu-ray if it contains Cinavia protection then fret not because along with DVDFab Blu-ray Cinavia Removal you can even remove that protection from the content and get a clean audio.

(5) BD-J

BD-J: also known as Blu-ray Disc Java developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association, making Blu-ray disc titles more sophisticated. It is a specification used to support Java ME (especially the Personal Basis Profile of the Connected Device Configuration or CDC) Xlets for advaced content on Blu-ray disc and the Packaged Media Profile of Globally Executable MHP (GEM). Now, BD-J has been supported by Sony’s PlayStation.

Part 4. FAQs

Is it legal to decrypt a Blu-ray?

Decrypting a Blu-ray disc can be considered illegal if it involves circumventing copyright protections without the permission of the copyright holder, especially for commercial and copyrighted discs. However, laws vary by country. Generally, you may use decryption methods on Blu-rays that you own or have purchased for personal use only. 

Can DVD decrypter rip Blu-ray?

Generally, a DVD decrypter is not capable of ripping Blu-ray discs. However, whether your DVD Decrypter can rip Blu-ray depends on if it supports recognizing and ripping Blu-ray discs. For instance, DVDFab HD Decrypter supports both DVDs and Blu-rays, acting as a decrypter for both formats.

Can VLC decrypt and rip Blu-rays?

Yes, VLC Media Player can decrypt and rip Blu-ray discs. However, it cannot directly handle copy-protected Blu-rays. To remove the copy protection from Blu-ray discs with VLC, you need to install an additional library or plugin such as libaacs for decryption capabilities. You also need two additional files: a keys database and the AACS dynamic library. After these configurations are made, VLC can be used to decrypt, play, or rip Blu-ray discs. The process may be a bit complex for beginners.

Part 5. Conclusion

Although Blu-rays are protected by Cinavia, BD-J, or other codes, there are always freeways to decrypt Blu-rays and bring good memories back to life. Have you decided which Blu-ray copy or ripper to adopt? DVDFab products, such as Blu ray Copy software and Blu ray Ripper software, are highly recommended.