How to export a audio book from Audible and save it without DRM for personal archival purposes.
Note: This does NOT
crack DRM. It simply uses the users own encryption key (fetched from Audible servers)
to decrypt the audiobook in the same manner that the official audiobook playing software does.
Everything described below is incredibly broken and does not work anymore.
As of 2023-09 I use a open source tool called Libation.
Export a book
- Go to Audible and download the book in full as
- In addition download any accompanying
# Get activation bytes (once)
./audible-activator.py -l "de"
# Remove DRM for archival purposes
ffmpeg -activation_bytes <ACTIVATION-BYTES> -i <INPUT>.aax -c copy <author>-<title>.m4b
ffmpeg: mismatch in checksums
[mov,mp4,m4a,3gp,3g2,mj2 @ 0x7fadbc704cc0] [aax] mismatch in checksums!
[mov,mp4,m4a,3gp,3g2,mj2 @ 0x7fadbc704cc0] error reading header
/tmp/some_file.aax: Invalid data found when processing input
Apply workaround as per this comment on GitHub. Either audible-activator is broken or something else is strange, because this happens only for some files for me.
git clone https://github.com/inAudible-NG/audible-activator.git
python3.10 -m venv venv
pip3 install -r requirements.txt
If this PR is not incorporated yet, do it manually
Install other dependencies
brew install chromedriver ffmpeg
# De-quarantine chromedriver
xattr -d com.apple.quarantine /usr/local/bin/chromedriver