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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09/11/2021 11:31:14
Worked a treat - thanks Epubor!
09/18/2021 06:33:08
ANy costs associated with this?
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.
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.



01/25/2022 12:27:27
Do I have to pay to get more than 20% of the book wtf?
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.
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 ?
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".
10/24/2022 10:36:36
Please ensure you install kindle for mac 1.31 or older version. Then execute the command.
10/26/2022 04:00:20
The same problem here.. Kindle version is 1.31
10/31/2022 11:52:46
Then please contact us via support@epubor.com to get further assistance.
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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