How To Use Popcorn Time in Linux Desktop

Usage of Popcorn to view Movies/TV Shows Online in Your Linux Desktop


Popcorn Time

Popcorn Time is an Open source free software BitTorrent client which includes integrated media player. Although other trackers can be added and used manually, popcorn time uses sequential downloading to stream video listed by torrent websites. The files can be searched by genres and categories. Popcorn time is an easy interface to use and has clear modern look. It is released under General Public License and written in programming languages like HTML, JavaScript and CSS. It supports all the major operating platforms including Linux, Mac OS and Windows.


How Popcorn Time Works?

Popcorn Time streams the movies using bittorrent Protocol and the Application program that streams the pirated movies from torrent trackers. The User Interface of Popcorn Time allows a user to search movies based on genre and categories. The film is displayed in Thumbnails along with the other details like Film Title, ratings, Year, a small review and along with the subtitles. It has a button called Watch it Now that enables to stream the movie simultaneously without any formality. Popcorn Time is used all around the globe in all the countries even in countries without internet as reported by Popcorn time Official site. The Popcorn Time has encrypted its BitTorrent Traffic and included VPN service which ensures users from getting threats against pirated movies and from other unnecessary risk.


Features of Popcorn Time

  • Best Quality – Stream HD Movie, Instantaneously
  • No Restriction and you can watch Movies as many times as you want
  • Great Movies Availability
  • Awesome Catalog – Automatically finds best version available and starts streaming it
  • Supports 44 Different Languages
  • Drag-and-Drop subtitles ‘.srt files’
  • Full Window Supported
  • Icons and Links for ‘About Dialog’ – Better presentation
  • Quality Filter for Movies
  • Added a Help for Key Board Shortcuts
  • Search box to search movies


Installation of Popcorn Time in Linux

Download the latest version 3.9 of Popcorn Time source tarball package from any of the two developer’s group website.
Use wget command to download the tarballs directly in your system’s terminal.

It is necessary that you have xz-utils package installed on your machine to extract the xz format tarball. You can install the package xz-utils using package manager yum or apt.

On 32-Bit Systems

To download and install Popcorn Time in 32-Bit Systems, run the following command.

[root@linuxhelp Desktop]# wget
[root@linuxhelp Desktop]# tar -xvf Popcorn-Time-0.3.9-Linux32.tar.xz
[root@linuxhelp Desktop]# cd Popcorn-Time/ 
chmod 755 Popcorn-Time

On 64-Bit Systems

To download and install Popcorn Time in 64-Bit Systems, run the following command.

[root@linuxhelp Desktop]# wget --2016-04-23 11:53:39-- Resolving (,, 2400:cb00:2048:1::6814:580, ... Connecting to (||:443... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK Length: 33933388 (32M) [application/octet-stream] Saving to: ‘Popcorn-Time-0.3.9-Linux-64.tar.xz.1’ Popcorn-Time-0.3.9-Linu 100%[=================================>] 32.36M 413KB/s in 3m 2s 2016-04-23 11:56:44 (182 KB/s) - ‘Popcorn-Time-0.3.9-Linux-64.tar.xz.1’ saved [33933388/33933388]
[root@linuxhelp Desktop]# tar -xvf Popcorn-Time-0.3.9-Linux-64.tar.xz 
[root@linuxhelp Desktop]# cd Popcorn-Time/
[root@linuxhelp Desktop]# cd linux64/
[root@linuxhelp linux64]#
[root@linuxhelp linux64]# chmod 755 Popcorn-Time 

In Debian Jessie (sid/Testing) x86_64 architecture processor. I got the below warning message when I tried running Popcorn-Time.

[root@linuxhelp linux64]#./Popcorn-Time

./Popcorn-Time When there is error in loading shared libraries: you cannot open shared object file and any such file or directory. You can fix it by creating a symbolic link to

ln -sf /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/

After that you can run Popcorn-Time without any glitch.



Terms of Service

Please ensure that you accept the terms of service.

Movie Gallery

Here the movies are listed in the gallery.

To Bookmark the movie

Now Check out the effect by placing the mouse over a Movie Thumbnail and you can see at the top left corner an eye symbol to mark ‘mark as seen‘ and at the top right corner a small heart like symbol to mark ‘Add to bookmark‘.


Summary of the movies

In the next screen when you click a specific Movie Title, it shows information pertaining to Movie such as Year, Play Time, Genre, No. of stars, summary of what the movie is all about.
You can watch the trailer in the popcorn time, pixel choice to watch the movie, subtitles, brief description of the movie, magnet link download and other information like torrent health, number of seeds, ratio, peers, etc.

Settings Interface

You may change the settings as per your convenience in the settings interface.


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