How do you install Popcorntime Beta on Linux? The Beta Version is a tar.xz file that is downloaded that does not auto install when clicked on like the Windows and Mac versions do. Installing programs in Linux is Not easy for the average non advanced user if it is not a self installing file or is not available via the Ubuntu Software Center.


Updated answer: June 2019

  1. Download PopCorn Time for Linux.
  2. Open a Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T ) :

    cd ~/Downloads
    sudo mkdir /opt/popcorntime
    sudo tar -xf Popcorn-Time-*.tar.xz -C /opt/popcorntime

    (You can now run Popcorntime with :)

  3. Create the application launcher

    sudo ln -sf /opt/popcorntime/Popcorn-Time /usr/bin/Popcorn-Time
    sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/popcorntime.desktop

    And enter the following content :

    [Desktop Entry]
    Name=PopCorn Time
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    right now the Popcorn-Time-linux64.tar.gz archive contains no file install file or anything that can really execute as is :( – Petr Kozelka Oct 13 '16 at 17:25
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    As of 29/10/2016 the folder "linux64" inside the archive contains an executable "Popcorn-Time" – Jan M. Oct 29 '16 at 17:56
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    This answer is outdated – answerSeeker Dec 30 '16 at 20:17
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    I have updated my answer to work with the new version of Popcorntime (2018). – hg8 Jan 3 '18 at 9:06
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    I got this error while following the above steps $ /opt/popcorntime/Popcorn-Time /opt/popcorntime/Popcorn-Time: error while loading shared libraries: libgconf-2.so.4: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory and it went it away by sudo apt update && sudo apt install libcanberra-gtk-module libgconf-2-4 – Ram Patra May 22 '19 at 21:06

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