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DVD database lookup

The libdvdetect library provides fast lookup of DVDs,similar to existing services for CDs like Gracenote, freeDB or MusicBrainz.

The DVD Detection Library (libdvdetect) is a library to lookup DVDs in a database and provide information about e.g. title, UPC/EAN or even cover arts. It is OS-independent and compiles for Windows or Unix operating systems. Mac support is also planned.

What the library does not provide is DVD ripping and decryption. This is not the intent, besides cracking encyption is illegal in many countries. It merely reads the structure (e.g. titles and chapters) and generates a special checksum to look up the database.

There is also a web browser based search available at

Code Repository Changed

The code repository has been changed from SourceForge to Github. Please go to Github for new versions, the old SourceForge code will no longer be updated.


  • Lookup DVD in drive
  • Keywords (freely selectable)
  • Album name
  • Album artist(s)/actors
  • Title names
  • Chapter names
  • Genre
  • EAN/UPC code
  • Video norm (PAL, NTSC)
  • Video coding mode (MPEG1, MPEG2)
  • Picture formats (4:3, 16:9)
  • Resolution (720x576, 720x480, etc.)
  • Letterboxed
  • Number of angles
  • Available audio tracks (languages, director's comments, etc.)
  • Audio types (DTS, AC-3, LPCM, etc.)
  • Audio quantisation (16/20/24 bits per sample or DRC)
  • Audio sample rate (48/96 kHz)
  • Number or audio channels (mono, stereo, 5.1, etc.)
  • Available subtitles (e.g., languages, for hearing impaired, etc.)
  • Cover arts
  • Cast
  • Crew
  • Director
  • Country
  • Release date
  • Special features (if any)
  • Storyline/synopsis


    • Written in C++
    • Exposes all functionality through both a C and C++ API
    • Can be used from C or C++ code
    • Windows DLL versions can be used from C# etc.
    • Usable from coding languages that support DLLs
    • Unix (SuSE, Debian)
    • Windows
    • Uses http interface on server side, accessible through proxy
    • Protocol XML based


    The software is distributed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) 3, see

    This basically means

    • you can use the libdvdetect code in any project, commercial or non-commercial
    • you do not need to disclose your own code if you incoporate libdvdetect
    • you only have to distribute copies of libdvdetect if you alter it

    You should only mention somewhere that you are using libdvdetect, but this will automatically happen as somewhere in your application there is some setup required for libdvdetect and the actual look up process could be, but  the results have to be presented to the end user. Otherwise the whole lookup thing obviously would be useless...
    For personal or non-commercial use this is free, for commercial products we reserve the right to collect some fee. Please contact us for details if you wish to use libdvdetect in a product that is sold for profit.