Tovid Wiki

tovid is a collection of GPL DVD authoring tools for Linux; it can help you create your own DVDs for playback on your home DVD player. This is the tovid wiki, the official homepage of tovid.

Download the latest version and read the release notes


  • April 11 2015 List of Packages updated!
  • The list of packages for various distributions has been updated, and old links removed.
  • Most major distros how have a package represented, though not necessarily officially.
  • See this section
  • March 25 2015 Tovid has moved to Github!
  • The new address is here
  • Quick link to download tovid-0.35.0
  • Note on versioning: I have switched to the more commonly used Github practice of symantic versioning, hence 0.35.0 instead of 0.35. In practice this will affect nothing, as I do not intend at present to release anything but major releases, so the next release will be 0.36.0.
  • The tar.gz in the "Quick link" above is the same as the one previously uploaded with only a couple of minor non-runtime changes to accommodate the new address. I have also updated the one on google drive for those using the previously posted download address, that address will still work as before.
  • Jan.28 2015 Tovid 0.35 is released! See this section for details.
  • As of this release, mencoder has been removed and transcode is no longer a 'hard' dependancy, simplifying things for people who had difficulty installing those programs. As well makexml and makemenu have been removed as their functions are duplicated in the 'tovid disc' command. (see manpage for details, also Making a DVD with text menus).
  • Now avconv ( is supported as well as ffmpeg.
  • July 23, 2011 tovid 0.34 released ! See this section for details.
  • tovid needs a new owner! Please see this page if you are interested.
Note: this does not mean the project is dead, just that development is curtailed. Bugfixes will still be released, especially to keep up with fast moving backends like ffmpeg. A new python developer would be most welcome !



  1. Get the tovid dependencies
  2. Download tovid-0.35.2.tar.gz
  3. Install like this:
$ tar -xzf tovid-0.35.2.tar.gz
$ cd tovid-0.35.2
$ su -c "./ install"
$ sudo ./ install

See Installing tovid for longer instructions, and for distribution-specific packages.


Help yourself!

Or, ask someone else for help:

(Note that the '#tovid' IRC channel on is no longer being used.)


Follow our HOWTOs to make our screenshots your own:

Getting to know the tovid suite:

Fundamentals of video:

Other good things to know:



Please note: The website you currently see at is NOT official, and is not affiliated in any way with the tovid development team.

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