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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.

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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 :)

    /opt/popcorntime/Popcorn-Time
    
  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]
    Version=1.0
    Type=Application
    Terminal=false
    Name=PopCorn Time
    Exec=/opt/popcorntime/Popcorn-Time
    Icon=/opt/popcorntime/src/app/images/icon.png
    Categories=Application;
    
  • Thank you very much! It is actually working :) If you are using 32bit don't forget to change the code under "3. Extract the downloaded archive" instead 64 put 32! Although i have a small issue which is kinda bothering me. Popcorn time is now installed. But the application (icon) which i add it to the left bar doesn't work when i click it. It opens a blank window: postimg.org/image/qbe26i6nf It works only when i run the program in Download folder: postimg.org/image/49l2c7ffb How can i add this working program to left bar&change the icon/badge with original style (popcorn)? TY – pibomarco Sep 19 '15 at 14:01
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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    This answer is outdated – answerSeeker Dec 30 '16 at 20:17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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