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Updating Kindle for Mac to V1.32 or Higher Prevents You from Removing Kindle DRM!

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For Kindle books owners, do not update Kindle for Mac to version 1.32 or higher if you need to remove DRM from your Kindle files. As you know, right now the only way to remove Kindle DRM is to disable KFX format by using the command line. And the principle of running the command line is to prevent the renderer-test program from executing, blocking the use of KFX. However, version 1.32 Kindle for Mac does not come with the renderer test file. Therefore, the command line will not work if version 1.32 or later Kindle for Mac is installed.

So in order to remove Kindle DRM, you need to perform the following steps (BTW, it is the only solution to get rid of Kindle DRM so far):

Step 1Install the latest Epubor Ultimate on your Mac.

Epubor Ultimate is an all-in-one eBook DRM Removal that help you remove Kindle DRM effortlessly. Besides, it can also convert your files to epub/pdf/mobi/azw3/txt with one click.

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Step 2Make sure you are not using the latest Kindle for Mac.

Launch Epubor Ultimate, read the yellow reminder on the upper left corner of the software.

click the link to auto downgrade the kindle app

If it says that you are using the latest Kindle app, then you need to click the auto-downgrade link and click the Start button in the pop-up window to downgrade the Kindle app to version 1.31 automatically.

start auto downgrade the kindle app

You must replace the other Kindle app while installing version 1.31 Kindle for Mac. Or you will not be able to remove Kindle DRM.

NoticeClick Skip this version when the new update reminder window pops up.

skip the new kindle version

If the Kindle app version is 1.31 or lower, you can jump to step 3.

TipsYou can stop the Kindle app from updating to the latest version by unchecking box "Automatically install updates when they are available without asking me" after installing version 1.31 Kindle for Mac.

uncheck auto updates

Step 3Open the terminal window and run the command line.

Note: do not run the Kindle for Mac before running the command line. Or it will cause you unable to remove Kindle DRM.

An easy way for you to open the terminal window is by clicking the magnify glass on the upper right corner of the screen, then type Terminal and hit the enter key. The terminal window will pop up immediately. Next, copy and paste this command line to the terminal window and hit the enter key: sudo chmod -x /Applications/Kindle.app/Contents/MacOS/renderer-test. Last but not the least, you are required to input your power-on password and hit the enter key again to run the command line successfully. And below screenshot is what you’ll get after successfully running the command line.

run the command line successfully

TipsIf your Mac has no power-on password, you should enter this command line instead: chmod -x /Applications/Kindle.app/Contents/MacOS/renderer-test.

Step 4Start downloading Kindle books.

Run the Kindle app, right click the book cover >> Download.

start downloading kindle books

TipsDo not download Kindle books by double-clicking the book cover and remember not to open the book after successfully downloading, or it will cause you unable to remove Kindle DRM.

Step 5Remove Kindle DRM.

Epubor Ultimate can auto-detect your Kindle books downloaded via the Kindle app. So you do not need to add the Kindle books manually to the software. Just click the Kindle tab in the left sidebar, your Kindle books will immediately show up.

auto detect kindle books

TipsIf your Kindle books do not appear under the Kindle tab, you need to go to settings >> Kindle >> Click Set to default directory >> OK. Then all of your Kindle books will show up on the left side panel of Epubor Ultimate.

click set to default directory

Last, drag the Kindle books to the right main window to remove Kindle DRM. Once the DRM has been removed successfully, it will show Decrypted to the right of the book title. If the Kindle file does not come with DRM protection, it will not show any notification word after dragging to the right main window.

remove kindle drm

And you will find your decrypted Kindle files by clicking Decrypted or the book folder icon on the lower right corner of the software.

Warmer Reminderif you fail to remove Kindle DRM at your first try, please start over and repeat the above-mentioned steps again. We believe as long as you follow the above detailed step-by-step guide carefully, you will be able to remove Kindle DRM smoothly.

Bonus TipsAnother Alternative Method to Remove Kindle DRM for Kindle e-Ink Reader Owners Only

If you have a Kindle e-Ink reader, like Kindle Paperwhite, you can follow this guide to remove Kindle DRM by using the Download & Transfer via USB function from Amazon webpage.

decrypt kindle books downloaded from amazon website

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21 Comments
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09/11/2021 11:31:14
Worked a treat - thanks Epubor!
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09/18/2021 06:33:08
ANy costs associated with this?
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09/22/2021 09:58:53
If you have updated your kindle for Mac to 1.32, then you are not able to remove kindle drm on Mac currently.
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11/7/2021 00:14:50

I have repeatedly tried to get epubor to remove the arm from a kindle book but cannot get it to work. I have followed the instructions and reverted to 1.31 but still no luck.

Regards

Andy

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01/25/2022 12:27:27
Do I have to pay to get more than 20% of the book wtf?
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07/6/2022 18:32:02
Thanks, this works, but REMEMBER TO DO THE COMMAND LINE BEFORE OPENING KINDLE after kindle has been downgraded to the older version. Then, as it says, after entering the command line and your password, you can open kindle (and disable auto update!), download your books, go back to Epuber and click the kindle button to refresh downloaded books.
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07/27/2022 20:16:01
Bonjour, Votre réponse me parait intéressante. J'ai effectué la ligne de commande après avoir installé Kindle 1.31. Mais je n'obtiens pas le même résultat que dans l'article. Est-ce normal ? La réponse que j'ai c'est à chaque fois : No such file or directory.Est-ce que vous auriez des conseils à me donner pour débloquer mon problème ?
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10/18/2022 23:38:41
i have entered sudo chmod -x /Applications/Kindle.app/Contents/MacOS/renderer-test. but after i have entered the password. it turns out "chmod: /Applications/Kindle.app/Contents/MacOS/renderer-test.: No such file or directory".
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10/24/2022 10:36:36
Please ensure you install kindle for mac 1.31 or older version. Then execute the command.
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10/26/2022 04:00:20
The same problem here.. Kindle version is 1.31
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10/31/2022 11:52:46
Then please contact us via support@epubor.com to get further assistance.
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11/8/2022 05:17:13
Does this progra work to convert kindle books on and an iPad Air? I have Parkinson's and some times reading is too difficult.
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12/29/2022 00:16:16
i have the licensed version of epubor ultimate but i can't remove the drm from kindle books. i downloaded version 1.31 of the kindle app, but the program can't remove the drm. is there a problem with the new mac iOS update?
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01/3/2023 14:25:41
Thank you for your feedback. Our customer support already contact you via email to give you the further assistance. Please don't worry. We will help you fix this issue.
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01/4/2023 14:11:35
dopo aver inserito la prima stringa nel pronteremo dei comandi del terminale mi esche password con una chiavetta e non si riesce ad inserire la password di accensione  il prompt è come bloccato
non posso fare altro
Puoi dirmi una strada alternativa
Grazie
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01/29/2023 13:03:02
I followed all of the steps and still can't remove the drm. I downgraded as told to and still no luck.
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01/31/2023 09:04:47
Our customer support will contact you soon about this issue.
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01/30/2023 04:43:49
Trying the trial version before I drop money on a program that may not work. I have kindle for Mac 1.31 and have tried instructions as indicated. No luck with removing kfx drm. Also tried removing it straight from Kindle Paperwhite plug into my MAC, no luck. Amazon no longer allows transfer via USB. Suggestions?
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01/31/2023 09:10:08
"Download and transfer via usb" doesn;t work for kindle unlimited books and textbooks.
If your purchased books are not that kind of books, you still can download via "Download and transfer via usb".
Now please screenshot your error message and send them to us via support@epubor.com.
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01/31/2023 03:21:10
Kindle for Mac is up to 1.39.  1.31 can no longer download some books (oddly, older ones). Ideas?
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01/31/2023 09:11:10

We arware of this issue. It seems the amazon kindle has changed something in the new published kindle books. It requires the latest kindle app to download it. For the books published before 2023, it still can be downloaded with old kindle app and can be decrypted with Epubor Ultimate.

Now we are working on this issue. Once there is a solution, we will let you know. The older kindle books still can be cracked with Epubor Software.

For the ebooks published in 202, here is still another way to remove drm from this kind of kindle books if you have any kindle eink device registered with your amazon account. Please download the kindle books via "Download and transfer via usb" and then remove kindle drm with Epubor Ultimate. Here is the detailed guide: https://www.epubor.com/how-to-remove-drm-from-kindle-kfx-ebooks.html#meth4

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