How to Install Popcorn Time on Ubuntu, Mint, Kali Linux

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Is it irritating to wait till the download complete in Torrent client to watch your favorite movie or TV show? I have an option for you to watch your next favorite TV show episode straightaway without downloading it and It is absolutely free. Popcorn Time streams movies and TV shows from torrents directly into your screen.

Popcorn Time constantly searching all over the web for the best torrents from the most important sites. It also brings the best version possible in HD with subtitles. It is supported for almost all platforms like Linux, Windows, Mac, Android.

In this tutorial, we learn how to install and use Popcorn Time on Ubuntu and Linux Distributions.

It's illegal in some countries to use torrent to download movies. Be cautious of using it as you may get legal actions.

Popcorn Time Features

  • Get Great Movies and TV Shows
  • Good List of Awesome catalogue
  • Watch any movie or TV show as many times as you want
  • Good quality
  • No wait or download time

Install Popcorn-Time on Ubuntu and Linux Distros

The following steps show how to install popcorn time 4.4 on Ubuntu 20.04 and the previous version. The same instruction should work on Debian, Linux Mint and Kali Linux, etc.

01. Create a new directory

$ $ mkdir /opt/popcorn-time

02. Download Popcorn Time

Download the latest Popcorn Time and which downloads a zip file to the Downloads directory.

Now change to Downloads directory

$ cd ~/Downloads

Or you can directly download the file using wget command:

$ sudo wget

03. Extract it into your choice of directory

Here we will extract to the previously created directory named /opt/popcorn-time/.

$ sudo unzip -d /opt/popcorn-time/

04. Create Soft Link

Now we have binaries of Popcorn-time available in the machine. Let's create a soft link of popcorn time executable in /usr/bin so that non-privileged user can launch popcorn time from the command line.

Execute the following command:

$ sudo ln -sf /opt/popcorn-time/Popcorn-Time /usr/bin/popcorn-time

05. Create Desktop launcher to launch Popcorn time

Now, we need to create Desktop launcher to launch Popcorn time from unity dash or program launcher. Create new desktop entry file using your favorite text editor and add the content as show below.

$ sudo vi /usr/share/applications/popcorntime.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Version = 1.0
Type = Application
Terminal = false
Name = Popcorn Time
Exec = /usr/bin/popcorn-time
Icon = /opt/popcorn-time/src/app/images/icon.png
Categories = Application;

06. Set Desktop shortcut executable

To run the desktop shortcut, make it executable. You can easily do it from Desktop right click on the popcorn icon and select Properties. Then in the Permissions tab, enable the "Allow executing file as program" check box.

Otherwise, run the following command from CLI:

$ sudo chmod +x /usr/share/applications/popcorntime.desktop

07. Install dependencies (optional)

If you get an error showing "error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory", install the following dependencies.

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install libcanberra-gtk-module libgconf-2-4 libatomic1

Bingo, You have successfully installed Popcorn-time on Linux. Now, Start the application by searching Popcorn-time in programs.

Search for popcorn-time in programs

Once the application is launched, Accept Agreement license.

Accept license agreement

Now, You can search your favorite movies and TV series, There are separate tabs for that.

Search your favorite movie or TV series in pop corn time

You can get all the details of TV series including seasons and episodes.

TV series details in popcorn time


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In this tutorial, we learned how to install Popcorn Time on Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. Let me know in the comment section if you find any difficulties.

6 Comments... add one

  1. Followed the steps with no errors but Popcorn time isn't showing up on the start Menu when I type in Popcorn Time. IThe application still launches when I browse for it in the /usr/bin/ directory, though. Running Linux Mint 18.3, 64-bit

    • [Desktop Entry]
      Version = 1.0
      Type = Application
      Terminal = false
      Name = Popcorn Time
      Exec = /usr/bin/popcorn-time
      Icon = /opt/popcorn-time/src/app/images/icon.png
      Categories = Application;

  2. Linux mint 18.3 and have follow the guide step by step so far and have had no success in having the download of always sunny to complete. Anyone know what the problem might be?


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