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Pipelight – Linux Replacement for Silverlight Installation
  • Last Updated : 01 Feb, 2021

Silverlight: Microsoft Silverlight is an application framework for writing and running rich Internet applications, similar to Adobe Flash. It focuses on streaming media, supports multimedia, graphics, and animation, and gives support to developers for CLI languages and development tools.

Pipelight: Pipelight is a special browser plugin that allows one to use Windows-only plugins inside Linux browsers. The main focus of the project is on Silverlight and its features, such as watching DRM protected videos. It works by creating a bridge between a Windows application, which handles the Windows-only plugin (e.g. Silverlight), and a native Linux browser plugin.

Note: It is highly recommended that you save all your work and close your browser before proceeding further.

Follow the steps to set up and run pipelight successfully in your browser:

Removing previously installed versions:



Check if a pipelight is previously installed in your computer using:

apt-cache policy pipelight

If it is, then removes it using:

sudo apt-get remove pipelight

After this go to about: plugins in your browser, you will see something like:

Installing new version:

1. Add pipelight to your Personal Package Archive.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio

2. Add pipelight from one more source:



sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mqchael/pipelight

3. Run the update command to get the latest version of pipelight

sudo apt-get update

4. Now, install the pipelight source files.

sudo apt-get install pipelight

After that you will see something like:

Finally, check that the plugin is successfully installed by going to about: plugin in your browser again:

Now open the websites which require the silverlight plugin and viola you will have the same windows experience in your Linux browser.

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