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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


  • 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