3 Tried-and-True Ways to Remove DRM from Kindle Books

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If you've got some Kindle books, you've likely heard that they come with Amazon's Kindle DRM, which locks your books into Kindle devices remove drm from kindle booksand kindle reading apps. But as a consumer, when we have already paid these files for money, why should we be stopped from reading them just because we didn't buy a Kindle but an iPad or a Kobo e-ink reader instead? This deeply hurts us. Yes?

So if you want to read Kindle books on non-Kindle devices or apps, the perfect solution is to remove the DRM. And in fact it's also the best way to protect your purchases, helps us read our own books more freely, backup or copy, print or share kindle books with friends.

But, how to? You may have wondered this problem for a long time. Don't worry this article will introduce you 3 ways to remove drm from Kindle books. From here you can liberate your kindle books best.

First things first: Download Kindle books

To begin with, firstly I strongly recommend you get your kindle books prepared on your computer. If you have the Kindle e-ink device, you can just download Kindle books via your Kindle device. If you do not have Kindle device, you have to install Kindle App(Kindle for PC/Mac desktop, or Kindle Cloud Reader web app). Launch the Kindle app, log in with your own amazon account, then all your purchased files in kindle store would be synced. Choose those files you want to deal with, double click on book cover, then downloading begins. Once you have done that, you can close the app, find your downloaded books files at destination folder (kindle content folder location).

Still failed to download the Kindle title? Look at these 7 solutions when Kindle books won't download.

Method 1: Remove DRM from Kindle books with Calibre Plugin

Calibre is an excellent ebook library management tool, open source software, helps you remove drm from books and convert format to others.

Step 1 Install Calibre.

Install Calibre onto your computer if you haven't already get them installed.

Then download the latest DeDRM-tools. It comes as a .zip archive, but there is no need to unzip it, just open it up and put the "DeDRM_calibre_plugin" folder where you can find it.

open calibre dedrm plugin folder from dedrm plugin zip

Step 2 Install Calibre DeDRM Plugins.

Run Calibre on computer (here takes mac as an example, remove DRM from Kindle books with calibre mac).

From the pref pane "Preferences"--"Change calibre behavior".

change calibre behavior on mac

( Note: Do not click “Get plugins to enhance calibre”).

Click on Plugins (under “Advanced”) --"Load plugin from file".

load plugin files on mac

Select the "DeDRM_plugin.zip" file you placed in step 1 and click "Open". 

select calibre DeDRM plugin on mac

Click on the “Add” button, "Yes" in the "Are you sure?" warning dialogue that appears.

calibre DeDRM plugin added on mac

After succeed the plug-in has been installed. Calibre will add this plugin under its "File type plugins" list in the Preferences window, OK. Restart Calibre please.

DeDRM under file type plugins

Step 3 Import DRMed books to Calibre.

If your kindle books are downloaded via Kindle desktop app, import your downloaded Kindle books to Calibre, then the DRM will be removed automatically. But if you've previously added books to calibre that with drm, you'd better import them again. Job done, you can click "click to open" at the right side, to get a preview in calibre library.

If your kindle books are downloaded via Kindle eReaders, you should customize the plugin and input the KSN info.

calibre kindle drm removal plugin

Update: (Due to a change in DRM) Calibre DeDRM plugins will no longer work with Kindle for PC/Mac version 1.25 or newer or with Kindle firmware 5.10.2 or newer.

Method 2: Remove DRM from Kindle books with Python Scripts

Notice: This method is a little hard to use, so if you are not so familiar with computer or code, I don't think challenging this way is a wise choice.

Nearly all the eBook DRM Removal softwares are Python scripts, including Calibre.

Step 1 Install Python at first.

Firstly you need Python installed on your computer.

Step 2 Install Pycrypto.

Pycrypto is a basic DRM module that all the DRM removal tools are using. Download and install it please.

For Win: pycrypto-2.1.0.win32-py2.6.exe

For Mac: pycrypto-2.6.1.tar.gz

Step 3 Run KindleBooks.pyw.

Run KindleBooks.pyw, then input the information related to Kindle Books: input file, output file, and Kindle.info. As your kindle ebooks has been downloaded to your computer via Kindle for PC/Mac, so it is easy to find the Kindle.info, because it will be created when the desktop application installed.

run KindleBooks.pyw

Method 3: Remove DRM from Kindle books with Shareware

This method is applied to both beginners and experts. And I highly recommend you get it with a free trial. I do believe after you tried it, you will fall in love with her.

Step 1 download the powerful shareware Epubor Ultimate for PC or Mac to your computer.

Download Epubor Ultimate for free:

Step 2 Run Epubor Ultimate.

Then the kindle books downloaded via Kindle for PC or Mac will be displayed under Kindle column in the left sidebar, while the Kindle books downloaded via Kindle devices will be displayed under Kindle Device column in the left sidebar after connecting Kindle e-ink reader to computer.

benefit of epubor

Step 3 Rip the Kindle DRM.

Add the Kindle books from the left sidebar to the right main window. Then all the books will be decrypted immediately.

epubor decrypt kfx

Failed to remove DRM from Kindle for PC/Mac (.azw) 2018
Kindle for PC/Mac version 1.25/1.26, can't decrypt drm from kindle azw.

Amazon changes its drm scheme since it released Kindle desktop version 1.25(and above) and Kindle firmware 5.10.2(and above). For now we can't directly handle those new kindle kfx books unless we Downgrade Kindle for PC/Mac to Older Version.

epubor detects kindle desktop version

It uses python scripts but much more easily to operate than method 2.

It provides more friendly interface than calibre. Of course it's also easier than calibre to learn how to use.

epubor ultimate perfect


works for Epubor and writes articles for a collection of blogs such as ebookconverter.blogspot.com.

10/30/2016 13:24:58
Worked first option. Thank you.
02/3/2017 00:30:39
do you have to install python and pycrypto if you're using calibre?
02/15/2017 10:31:50
They are installed by Calibre, you do not need to install again.
03/7/2017 18:15:43

hello please help me
i tried first method of calibre and i still getting error evan i installed successfully plugin in calibre but when i add drm book i got error
second i installed epubor and when i add drm book azw i got invailed format error also

09/30/2017 12:44:12
Worked very easily even for someone not very computer literate. Thanks.
09/8/2018 11:11:58
I followed your guide one by one, but finally I still choose your tool epubor ultimate as it's really very easy to go.
01/24/2019 12:09:26
I already had the books on Calibre, followed the steps and added the books again after. Though it seems like the drm was removed, the images in the ebook are gone! can you help me please?
01/24/2019 17:28:24

Contact epubor customer support please. We need to check your problem in detail.

Thanks for your comment.

02/5/2019 16:33:22
I think it should be clearer above that this does NOT work with any books from Amazon Unlimited.
02/11/2019 09:47:47
Thank you for your comments. Epubor software are not working on the rented books. As Kindle unlimited books are rented books, Epubor software will not handle them.
07/18/2019 00:39:27
DeDRM plugin for Calibre can remove DRM from Kindle books rented via Kindle Unlimited if you use Kindle for PC 1.17 (only this version!)
08/20/2019 10:06:41
Worked for me with 1.24, however, only the unlimited books that I actually started reading or have finished reading.
02/27/2019 01:35:09
doesn't work anymore
03/1/2019 03:30:36
I have Kindle 1.23 on my mac, I've installed Calibre w/in the last 30 days and the latest deDrm plug-in from Alf (v. 6.6.1) and I can't convert a Kindle book purchased in January of 2019.  Could it be how I'm importing the actual book into Calibre?  Right now all Kindle content is in my ~user/Library folder, which I only know how to access from the Finder app by choosing "Go" while pressing "Option"  key.  I don't know how to access ~user/Library from within Calibre.  Adding the book to my library by dragging and dropping the .azw file is not working.  Is there a reason a book purchased in Jan of 2019 can't be imported into Kindle 1.23 for Mac?  Kindle says my last update was 9/2018 and I don't automatically update apps, so my Kindle version shouldn't have changed since then.  I tried moving just the .azw file to my desktop and the errors were even worse. I also tried moving the whole folder to the desktop, and that did not work either.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions!
03/1/2019 09:58:52
1. Please delete the Kindle book from your mac and redownload it.
2. Please try to use Epubor Ultimate to remove the DRM from them.
3. If you are failed again, please contact us via support@epubor.com and describe your problem clearly. We will help you fix it.
03/19/2019 14:25:53

I can't get any of these methods to work.

Kindle fire, Windows, Ubuntu, Calibre with plugin (not sure where to input the serial number).

03/25/2019 10:19:46

Use Kindle desktop to re-download your Kindle books, then Epubor Ultimate will works.

We can't help you directly remove DRM from Kindle fire.

08/24/2019 01:43:04

Wow, so easy.  Works so quickly!  Finally I can ditch multiple reader apps and stay with one reader for all my books.  Thanks for posting this, the Calibre plugin works fast and easy!!  

One note is you might want to mention to turn off auto update in the PC Kindle app.  It might update itself to the newest version and "break" the plugin.

09/2/2019 03:28:24
The Epubor works very well if you follow all steps. Only one point: the program only extract the DRM if you buy the license. It gives you a small demonstration but to have the hole kindle book available, you have to buy it.
10/22/2019 04:44:13
Save your money if you have updated to the latest MacOS and just go with the Calibre option. The version of Kindle app they tell you to "downgrade" to is 32bit, thus will not work. Epubor was a much more efficient option until now. Maybe they'll come up with a "fix," but until they do, save your money.
10/22/2019 11:05:41
If you have upgrade your Kindle app to 1.26 before updating your mac os to catalina and also, use this code: sudo chmod -x /Applications/Kindle.app/Contents/MacOS/renderer-test and then right click your kindle books for downloading. Then use Epubor Ultimate to remove Kindle drm successfully. Then when you update your mac os to catalina, you can still use this method to remove Kindle drm. Please refer: https://www.epubor.com/remove-kindle-drm-on-macos-1015-catalina.html
12/2/2019 15:59:54
I have a question. If I convert ebooks to mobi format and are reading them through my Kindle App, will Amazon have a way of seeing that I have mobi books I haven't bought through them???  I am concerned because I have invested a lot of money in my Kindle collection and don't want to risk them cancelling my Kindle account.  Thanks.
12/3/2019 09:15:23
Thank you for contacting us. I don;t think Amazon will detect your personal files. If you have removed DRM and convert the file to mobi, it will become your personal file. Amazon has no right to detect your personal files.
01/25/2020 06:48:28
I have installed the previous version of kindle for mac, but it doesn't open. It tells me that I must update.
I had followed the steps indicated.
01/26/2020 14:23:04
For kindle textbooks, it cannot be downloaded via old kindle desktop.
02/4/2020 19:31:13
Kindle Mac 1.23 cannot be opened on Catalina as it is a 32 bit app and needs to be updated to 1.25+ to be a 64 bit app. Are there any other solutions, I have autism, I am just trying to move some of my books to voice dream so I can read/listen to them how I wish.
02/6/2020 09:26:39
Yes, please follow this guide to remove kindle drm on mac catalina>>https://www.epubor.com/remove-kindle-drm-on-macos-1015-catalina.html
03/17/2020 04:48:21

So this doesn't work anymore?  Hell, my books aren't even in "My Kindle" folder to open.  

If it doesn't work anymore, why don't you put that at hte top, instead of hte bottom of the article?

03/19/2020 15:53:27
Thank you for asking. The method 1 is still working only if you can download your kindle books via kindle for pc or mac 1.23 or older.
10/28/2020 06:48:33
Nope! Broken again. Last time I buy Amazon books.
03/18/2020 14:09:21
Wanted to put my kindle rental books on my Kobo (azw files). Tried everything  - then read this tutorial. Kindle 1.24 plus epubpor ultimate which decrypted  and also converted to epub. Now that's the shizzle!
07/21/2020 00:32:57

Hi, I have bought all your apps and now they are not longer working, including the latest app that uses the Kindle Cloud Reader. It no longers allow you to download and pin.

Please HELP.

07/21/2020 09:05:14

Thank you for using our software. For downloading kindle cloud reader, you just need to open the book and a downloading progress will show at the bottom right corner. Then just keep this book open until the download finished.
If you have no way to download kindle cloud reader books, then kcr converter will not convert them.

For further assistance, please contact support@epubor.com

07/28/2020 18:09:47
Hello, is there a way to remove DRM from amazon mobi books right from iPad? I don’t have a computer that I can use to use any of these services. I only use my iPad so I’m curious if there is a way to remove the DRM from a book I purchased on Amazon so that I can read the book on my Apple Books app. Thanks in advance!
07/29/2020 08:51:24
Thank you for asking. We are sorry to inform you that Epubor software only works on windows and Mac platform. Also, if you want to remove drm from kindle books, please download your kindle books via kindle for pc/mac, then use our software to remove DRM.
08/14/2020 03:48:10
Thank you. I decided to get a kindle version of a knitting pattern book instead of a hard copy for the portability and wanted to be able to print parts of it. Thank you for pointing out copying it from the kindle is better than using the download and transfer option, because the file formats weren't the same and callibre couldn't read the downloaded version to convert. My PDF is about twice as long as the hard copy of the book and  probably won't be printing much of it, but I guess the formatting works better on mobile where I will use it most often anyway.
08/17/2020 08:54:58
Thank you for your comments. Glad to know this can help you.
10/28/2020 20:26:56
great tutorial .. Keep it up.
First method worked for me along with kindle 1.17 PC.. Thank you so much.
10/29/2020 09:29:47
Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that.
11/12/2020 06:15:23


getting this:

calibre, version 5.4.2
ERROR: Unhandled exception: <b>SyntaxError</b>:invalid syntax (calibre_plugins.dedrm.__init__, line 167)

calibre 5.4.2  embedded-python: True is64bit: True
macOS-10.15.7-x86_64-i386-64bit Darwin ('64bit', '')
('Darwin', '19.6.0', 'Darwin Kernel Version 19.6.0: Mon Aug 31 22:12:52 PDT 2020; root:xnu-6153.141.2~1/RELEASE_X86_64')
Python 3.8.5
OSX: ('10.15.7', ('', '', ''), 'x86_64')
Interface language: None
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "calibre/gui2/preferences/plugins.py", line 317, in add_plugin
  File "calibre/customize/ui.py", line 472, in add_plugin
  File "calibre/customize/ui.py", line 61, in load_plugin
  File "calibre/customize/zipplugin.py", line 285, in load
  File "importlib/__init__.py", line 127, in import_module
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 1014, in _gcd_import
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 991, in _find_and_load
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 975, in _find_and_load_unlocked
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 671, in _load_unlocked
  File "calibre/customize/zipplugin.py", line 177, in exec_module
  File "calibre/customize/zipplugin.py", line 173, in get_code
  File "calibre_plugins.dedrm.__init__", line 167
    print u" v: Copying needed library files from plugin's zip".format(PLUGIN_NAME, PLUGIN_VERSION)
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

11/12/2020 14:13:57
11/17/2020 20:42:58
DeDRM_Plugin.zip is not a valid plugin. missing __init__.py
11/18/2020 01:13:03

@joe said:
> DeDRM_Plugin.zip is not a valid plugin. missing __init__.py

This is strange, because if you open up that zipfile yourself, it does contain an __init__.py.

This is the exact error message you would get if you had used the wrong zipfile. Are you sure you didn't use the  DeDRM tools zipfile by mistake?

03/19/2022 06:34:40
I had the same error when I first tried so I moved only the De_DRM_calibre_plugin file into a new location and clicked on that rather than on the whole zip file.
12/2/2020 07:27:15

chat is offline so sending here. The deDRM plugin crashes on install:

calibre, version 5.6.0
ERROR: Unhandled exception: <b>SyntaxError</b>:invalid syntax (calibre_plugins.dedrm.__init__, line 167)

calibre 5.6 [64bit]  embedded-python: True is64bit: True
Windows-10-10.0.19041 Windows ('64bit', 'WindowsPE')
('Windows', '10', '10.0.19041')
Python 3.8.5
Windows: ('10', '10.0.19041', '', 'Multiprocessor Free')
Interface language: None
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "calibre\gui2\preferences\plugins.py", line 317, in add_plugin
  File "calibre\customize\ui.py", line 472, in add_plugin
  File "calibre\customize\ui.py", line 61, in load_plugin
  File "calibre\customize\zipplugin.py", line 293, in load
  File "importlib\__init__.py", line 127, in import_module
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 1014, in _gcd_import
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 991, in _find_and_load
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 975, in _find_and_load_unlocked
  File "<frozen importlib._bootstrap>", line 671, in _load_unlocked
  File "calibre\customize\zipplugin.py", line 185, in exec_module
  File "calibre\customize\zipplugin.py", line 181, in get_code
  File "calibre_plugins.dedrm.__init__", line 167
    print u" v: Copying needed library files from plugin's zip".format(PLUGIN_NAME, PLUGIN_VERSION)
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

12/2/2020 09:08:01

Thank you for your comments. For this error, please follow this guide to get it fixed: https://www.epubor.com/solutions-to-calibre-dedrm-plugin-not-working.html

Any more problem, please feel free to contact us. Have a nice day.

01/26/2021 12:04:57
You need to stop saying that Calibre will remove the DRM from books.  I have followed your instructions and downloaded the plugin and I HAVE NEVER HAD IT WORK - NEVER!!!!!!!!!!
01/28/2021 10:00:30
Thank you for your comments. Removing ebook drm with calibre drm plugin is a little bit difficult, but it works.
If you want something simple, please just use Epubor Ultimate instead which is much simpler and easier.
If you have any problem when using epubor ultimate, please feel free to contact us via support@epubor.com
07/17/2021 16:31:05
now the kindle version 1.24 is not usable, flickers during registration, tried a lot..no use!
07/19/2021 11:24:08
Yes, please download the kindle for PC 1.17 and register it to download kindle books.
Sorry for the inconvenience caused.
Also, we will update our software to auto downgrade to kindle 1.17.
01/21/2022 16:53:03
I have kindle and would like to do audio reading programs to read out loud my kindle books. What drm works for Android. Step by step instructions to be able to hear audio would be great. Thanks
03/29/2022 04:40:50
I tried to add plugin to Calibre but when I click on open with the zip file I get an error message.
03/29/2022 09:10:39
What's the error message?Can you please screenshot and send it to us via support@epubor.com? Then we will help you check this issue.
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