Install Netflix Alternative ‘Popcorn Time’ in Ubuntu 14.04

June 3, 2014 — 8 Comments

Popcorn Time, a free and open-source torrent streaming service, becomes stable since release 0.3.1

Popcorn Time allows you to watch movies, TV shows easily streaming from torrents, without any particular knowledge. It’s a good alternative if Netflix is not supported in your country.

Popcorn Time TV shows

Popcorn Time Currently used:

  • YIFY movie torrents API.
  • YifySubtitles for movie subtitles
  • OpenSubtitles for tv shows subtitles
  • for movies metadata.
  • EZTV for TV Show torrents

The first stable version was release a few days ago with below features added:

  • mirror failback to yify subtitles.
  • icons and links to about dialog
  • methods to mark movie as watched
  • quality filter for movies
  • Advanced Settings with Connection, DHT, Tmp Folder options
  • Pressing ESC to closes modals
  • a help view for keyboard shortcuts. Press ?
  • Draggable subtitles. Move subtitles around the player
  • Drag and drop subtitles on the player to load a custom SRT file
  • Better init screen
  • Added Croatian, Thai and Vietnamese languages

Install Popcorn Time in Ubuntu 14.04:

This repository is currently disabled due to a DMCA takedown notice.

Downloading copyrighted material may be illegal in your country. Use at your own risk.

Thanks to Webupd8 Team, a script has been made into the PPA to automatically download the Linux package from Popcorn Time website and install it on your Ubuntu. Currently, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 12.10 are supported.

To install it, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/popcorntime

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install popcorn-time

When the script starts, you’ll be asked to accept the licence.

Popcorn Time on github:

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8 responses to Install Netflix Alternative ‘Popcorn Time’ in Ubuntu 14.04

  1. Hi there.
    I was wondering how to uninstall the popcorn-time from ubuntu 14.04.
    I used your commands provide to install.

    Thank you

  2. Hi

    First of all, i’m totally new to ubuntu.
    In order to install popcorn time on my fathers chromebook, i installed ubuntu xfce via a program called Crouton

    After successfully running the commands, i can’t get the application to open. I’ve managed to find the application under /usr/share/application, but nothing happens when i try to open it

    It seems like the version of ubuntu i use is extremely bare boned, so perhaps i’m missing some sort of program in order for it to work?

    i have installed synaptic and software center, if that has any influence

    I hope you are able to help me

    Best Regards

  3. Thanks you!!!!!!! This really helped I apprecate it very much.

  4. i am getting cannot add PPA: ‘ppa:webupd8team/popcorntime’
    please check that the ppa name or format is correct. can you please help

  5. Victor Carreira April 21, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Hi Ji,
    when i try to install the package via ppa it happens that i Cannot add PPA: ‘ppa:webupd8team/popcorntime’ … it says that the the name or the format is incorrect. Have you know what problem is it?

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