I am running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, 64-bit. I know there are a lot of topics on ".tar.gz" but it didn't answer my questions and/or I didn't undetstand the answers.

I am trying to install from a .tar.gz file and I am having difficulties. The file is from http://popcorn-time.se/ I download it to my home directory and extract it to mentioned directory, there are 3 files in the folder and I don't know what to do with these (usually there is a readme file). Double-clicking them doesn't do anything.

What to do? I would to prefer to solve this within the GUI and avoid the terminal, if possible.

As requested by Xen2050; these is the content of the .tar file:

@fz-System-Product-Name:~/Popcorn-Time-linux64$ ls -la
total 103176

drwxrwxr-x  2 fz fz     4096 jan 22 12:15 .
drwxr-xr-x 33 fz fz     4096 jan 22 12:42 ..
-rwxrwxrwx  1 fz fz  2395800 apr 28  2014 libffmpegsumo.so
-rwxrwxrwx  1 fz fz  4031601 apr 28  2014 nw.pak
-rwxrwxrwx  1 fz fz 99207331 apr 28  2014 Popcorn-Time
  • Looks like binaries. Try double clicking that Popcorn-Time file.
    – muru
    Jan 22, 2015 at 12:34
  • @karel when I voted, the question was roughly "how do I install popcorn time from this .tar.gz file?" The details were added later.
    – muru
    Jan 23, 2015 at 12:16
  • The question is not duplicate. old one is for popcorntime.io which is down, but new one is for currently working version.
    – tasmaniski
    Nov 4, 2015 at 19:11

1 Answer 1


Usually those types of files are just "extract and run", but if it's not a GUI program, you may have to use a terminal and see what the files are, maybe run them there.

And it's almost always preferable to install programs from a default repository, or a PPA, if it's available there. apt-get or aptitude or synaptic are excellent ways to install programs available from the repositories.

But, for this .tar.gz, it may only run in a terminal, or may be giving an error message that double-clicking on it isn't revealing.

  1. open a terminal
  2. cd to the extracted files
  3. type ls -la and paste the results into your Q, we're looking for which one is executable (has an x in the permissions)

After seeing the files, all those files are executable apparently, that's a little different. Can try executing the Popcorn-Time one with ./Popcorn-Time (have to type a ./ first, or the shell looks in your path for a filename to run, ignoring the current dir).

I did a web search and found some promising hits:

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    I'm sorry, but I don't understand how that is an answer to my question. I have downloaded a file that is supposed to work with Ubuntu. I extract it and there are 3 files I don't know what to do with. Is the answer that I shouldn't bother with the .tar file? The other topic you referred to doesn't mean anything to me - the answers are all over the place; someone is suggesting to compile your own. I want to install from the file I got from the site. It's not just about installing Popcorn, it's mostly about handling a type of file in Ubuntu; .tar.gz. Jan 22, 2015 at 12:08
  • Actually, it is quite the opposite. I don't want someone to just tell me what to type, I want to know what I am typing; something ALL instructions on this site lacks. For example: what if I didnt know what ls or cd did (I do)... Jan 22, 2015 at 12:22
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    ./Popcorn-Time: error while loading shared libraries: libudev.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory Jan 22, 2015 at 12:34
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    I rebooted and then it straightened itself out. So your instructions worked excellent it seems. Thank you, Xen2050! Jan 23, 2015 at 11:09
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    Installing via PPA doesn't work anymore as of August 31, 2015
    – smac89
    Aug 31, 2015 at 16:15

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