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How to Install Popcorn Time on Ubuntu, Mint, Kali Linux?
  • Last Updated : 07 Mar, 2021

Popcorn Time is a BitTorrent client with multi-platform, free software that provides an integrated media player. A free alternative to subscription-based video streaming services, such as Netflix, is offered by the application. To stream video identified by several torrent websites, Popcorn Time uses sequential downloading and third-party trackers can also be added manually. The software’s legality is contingent on the jurisdiction.

Popcorn Time Features

  1. Great Movies and TV Shows
  2. Awesome catalog
  3. No restrictions
  4. The best quality
  5. No, wait or download time

Install Popcorn-Time on Ubuntu and Linux Distros:

Step 1: Create a new directory

$ mkdir /opt/popcorn-time
How to Install Popcorn Time on Ubuntu, Mint, Kali Linux

Make Directory

Step 2: Download Popcorn Time

You can download Popcorn Time from its official website. The download link is present on the homepage itself click here to download.



Now go to the Downloads directory.

$ cd Downloads/
How to Install Popcorn Time on Ubuntu, Mint, Kali Linux

Go to download directory

Now copy the download link and download popcorn time using the below command

$ sudo wget https://get.popcorntime.app/build/Popcorn-Time-0.4.4-linux64.zip
How to Install Popcorn Time on Ubuntu, Mint, Kali Linux

Download Popcorn Time

Step 3: Extract it into your choice of directory

Now extract the zip to the previously created directory.

$ sudo unzip Popcorn-Time-0.4.4-linux64.zip -d /opt/popcorntime/
How to Install Popcorn Time on Ubuntu, Mint, Kali Linux

Unzip File

Step 4: Create Soft Link

You want every user on your device to be able to execute Popcorn Time without access to sudo, right? To do this, you need to construct an executable soft link in the /usr/bin directory.

$ sudo ln -sf /opt/popcorn-time/Popcorn-Time /usr/bin/Popcorn-Time
How to Install Popcorn Time on Ubuntu, Mint, Kali Linux

Create soft link

Step 5: Create Desktop launcher to launch Popcorn time

So good so far. But, in the application menu, you would also like to see Popcorn Time, add it to your favorite application list, etc. You need to build a desktop entry for that.



Open a terminal and build a new file under /usr/share/applications called popcorntime.desktop.

Any command-line-based text editor can be used. Ubuntu has built the default Nano so that you can use it.

$ sudo nano /usr/share/applications/popcorntime.desktop
How to Install Popcorn Time on Ubuntu, Mint, Kali Linux

Create new entry

Add the content in the newly created file as shown below.

[Desktop Entry]
Version = 1.0
Type = Application
Terminal = false
Name = Popcorn Time
Exec = /usr/bin/Popcorn-Time
Icon = /opt/popcorntime/popcorn.png
Categories = Application;
How to Install Popcorn Time on Ubuntu, Mint, Kali Linux

Add these line

If you have used the Nano Editor, save it with the Ctrl+X shortcut. Enter Y when you are asked to save, and then click enter again to save and leave.

We’re nearly there. Getting the right icon for Popcorn Time is one more thing to do here. The Popcorn Time icon can be downloaded and saved as popcorn.png in the /opt/popcorntime directory.

You may use the command below to do that:

sudo wget -O /opt/popcorntime/popcorn.png https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/df/Pctlogo.png
How to Install Popcorn Time on Ubuntu, Mint, Kali Linux

Add icon

Step 6: Set Desktop shortcut executable

Run the below command to make it executable:

$ sudo chmod +x /usr/share/applications/popcorntime.desktop
How to Install Popcorn Time on Ubuntu, Mint, Kali Linux

Make executable

Step 7: Install dependencies (optional)

Install the following dependencies if you get an error showing ‘Error loading shared libraries: libgconf-2.so.4: Unable to open shared object file: No such file or directory’ when loading shared libraries.

First update your system source:

$ sudo apt-get update
How to Install Popcorn Time on Ubuntu, Mint, Kali Linux

Update system source

Then install dependencies using the below command:

sudo apt-get install libcanberra-gtk-module libgconf-2-4 libatomic1
How to Install Popcorn Time on Ubuntu, Mint, Kali Linux

Install dependencies

Now Popcorn Time successfully installed on Linux. Now search Popcorn Time on the search bar.

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