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Installing Popcorn Time on Ubuntu 16.x

1. Downloading

32 bits version

$ wget https://get.popcorntime.sh/build/Popcorn-Time-0.3.10-Linux-32.tar.xz -O popcorntime.tar.xz

64 bits version

$ wget https://get.popcorntime.sh/build/Popcorn-Time-0.3.10-Linux-64.tar.xz -O popcorntime.tar.xz

2. Unpacking

$ sudo mkdir /opt/popcorntime; sudo tar Jxf popcorntime.tar.xz -C /opt/popcorntime

3. Creating a shortcut

$ sudo ln -sf /opt/popcorntime/Popcorn-Time /usr/bin/Popcorn-Time

4. Creating the application launcher

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

5. Delete the downloaded file

$ rm popcorntime.tar.xz

Uninstall

$ sudo rm -Rf /opt/popcorntime
$ sudo rm /usr/bin/Popcorn-Time
$ sudo rm /usr/share/applications/popcorntime.desktop
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commented Oct 7, 2017

hey, so what happens after step 4 .$ sudo nano /usr/share/applications/popcorntime.desktop???? im stuck and obviously im a noob :p
thnx

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commented Oct 9, 2017

You just have to paste the following content to that popcorntime.desktop file and save it using any text editor you like. Here the instruction is when you want to use nano as your text editor for the task.

Version=1.0
Type=Application
Terminal=false
Name=Butter
Exec=/opt/popcorntime/Popcorn-Time
Icon=/opt/popcorntime/src/app/images/icon.png
Categories=Application;```
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commented Oct 9, 2017

Thanks for this. I've got an old version of Popcorntime CE (0.4.1-5 Beta - New Year's Eve in front of the door - 28 December 2016) associated with popcorntime.ag that I think I need to uninstall first to get this working, but struggling to work out how to do so, can you help by any chance?

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commented Oct 9, 2017

Oh, but maybe I don't want this version here at all as according to this http://popcorn-time.is/official-statement.html#Malware2 the popcorntime.sh version has malware :-/

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commented Nov 17, 2017

If you're using Ubuntu that makes sense that you at least know that popcorn.sh is the website and you can download the latest release from there. 😄
Thanks for the procedure brother.

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commented Dec 5, 2017

hi, I am not able to run the second option. its downloading. but not unpacking. what should i do?

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commented Feb 6, 2018

thanks you.

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commented Feb 21, 2018

I'm a noob to linux. I followed the above steps but I'm missing something.....how to I launch popcorntime?

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commented Mar 4, 2018

I managed to add app to desktop in a LMint by creating a new app shortcut in the desktop context menu. That's the only way it worked.

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commented Mar 14, 2018

Thanks!!!! Now you just can search for butter or popcorn on the gnome search and it's registered :)

How can we create a deb package with all these steps? That'd be awesome.

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commented Apr 5, 2018

After step 4 we have to make the file executable
sudo chmod +x /usr/share/applications/popcorntime.desktop 😉

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commented Apr 12, 2018

I tried the above but after execution of step 4, I wasn't able to launch the application. 😢

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commented Apr 12, 2018

@lauragift21 Do this if you're unable to launch the app.

sudo apt-get install libgconf-2-4

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commented Jun 14, 2018

tarun 1188 may you be blessed dude

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commented Jun 14, 2018

@tarun1188, thanks for the info, I was stuck there as well.

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commented Jun 21, 2018

exelent for experienced linux user, a bit confusing for new ones

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commented Jul 14, 2018

@taurun1188, you are life saver!

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commented Jul 14, 2018

Followed instructions and still cannot get app to execute.

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commented Aug 4, 2018

Followed the instructions as mentioned on Ubuntu 18.04, works perfectly.
Thanks!

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commented Aug 26, 2018

what about Ubuntu 16.4 ?

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commented Aug 30, 2018

For Ubuntu 16.04 you may need this string:
sudo ln -s /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libudev.so.1 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libudev.so.0

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commented Aug 30, 2018

Hello, i dont understand what i need to do in 4 (creating the application launcher)
Plz help me

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commented Oct 22, 2018

After step 4 we have to make the file executable
sudo chmod +x /usr/share/applications/popcorntime.desktop wink

You sir are a legend. Thanks

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commented Feb 11, 2019

Thank you sir, for the beautiful and simple instructions.

Pro Tip

  1. Creating the application launcher

[Desktop Entry]
Version=1.0
Type=Application
Terminal=false
Name=Popcorn Time
Exec=/opt/popcorntime/Popcorn-Time --class="Popcorn-Time"
Icon=/opt/popcorntime/src/app/images/icon.png
Categories=Application;

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commented May 14, 2019

guys, check out an installation script i wrote for Popcorn-Time, works for both 64bit and 32bit.
it automates the process and it works fine without any issues, but nothing is perfect so you can report if there's a problem.
https://github.com/looneytkp/Popcorn-Time

if you don't want to check out the page; run the code below to install it automatically.
wget -qnc 'https://github.com/looneytkp/popcorntime/archive/master.zip' && unzip -oq ma*ip && ./Po*er/p*e; rm -rf ma*ip Po*er

enjoy

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