Apple and ebooks: iBookstore DRM and how to remove it

Post updated on 22nd March, 2013

Requiem — Stripping DRM from Apple’s iBookstore Ebooks

Ebooks from Apple’s iBookstore are usually encrypted with Apple’s own Fairplay DRM scheme.

The only tool that removes Apple’s DRM is Requiem by Brahms. Requiem is not included in the main tools archive, and is separately maintained by its author, Brahms.

Version 4.x works with iTunes 10.6 and above, Windows and Mac OS X, but no longer removes DRM from iBooks.

The latest version to remove DRM from iBooks is 3.3.6 and works with iTunes 10.5.x, Windows and Mac OS X.

Requiem has a Tor website: http://tag3ulp55xczs3pn.onion. To reach the site using Tor, you will need to install Tor ( If you’re willing to sacrifice your anonymity, you can use the regular web with tor2web. Just go to

Alternatively, you can download it from these download links:

Requiem 3.3.6 for Windows:
MD5: 10ab191f2d86c692d57f6a07b4622cf8

Requiem 3.3.6 for Mac OS X:
MD5: 6d4167d47e6982ddbb8528212198b520

Requiem 3.3.6 source code:
MD5: 1636862796d573c693d56bcc526b60bd

If you have any problems with Requiem, I suggest you contact Brahms directly through their Tor website.

Anti-Piracy Notice

Please only use this application for gaining full access to your own ebooks for archiving/converson/convenience. De-drmed ebooks should not be uploaded to open servers, torrents, or other methods of mass distribution. No help will be given to people doing such things. Authors, retailers and publishers all need to make a living, so that they can continue to produce books for us to read. Don’t be a parasite.

— Alf.