AppsSound & Video

Install Popcorn time from source code in linux

Popcorn Time is a multi-platform video streaming application. It is an HTML/CSS/JavaScript application (NodeJS) rendered by a browser (node-webkit). The streaming is done by a torrent client for NodeJS (Peerflix). All the informations (torrent, images, informations) are automatically fetched by the application from different sources and are nicely put together.

Build Popcorn Time on CentOS/Fedora and Debian/Ubuntu/Mint Linux

First, Install system dependencies:

# sudo yum install -y nodejs rubygem-compass wget git
# sudo apt-get install nodejs npm wget git -y

Now, get Popcorn Time source code:

# git clone

Popcorn Time is written in javascript so we’ll need grunt and the rest of the project dependencies. We change into the project directory, that we just pulled with git, so all of these get installed locally under node_modules.

# cd popcorn-app
# npm install grunt-cli bower
# npm install

Build Popcorn Time:

# node_modules/grunt-cli/bin/grunt build --platforms=linux64

Install Popcorn Time

Now, let’s move the build to a place where we can launch it easily:

# sudo cp -r build/releases/Popcorn-Time/linux64/Popcorn-Time/ /opt/
# sudo ln -s /opt/Popcorn-Time/Popcorn-Time /usr/bin/

Create Desktop shortcut:

# sudo wget -O /usr/share/pixmaps/popcorntime.png
echo "[Desktop Entry]
      Comment=Watch movies and TV Shows
      Icon=popcorntime" > ~/Desktop/PopcornTime.desktop
chmod +x ~/Desktop/PopcornTime.desktop
Popcorntime Desktop shorcuts
Popcorntime Desktop shorcuts
Popcorn Time
Popcorn Time

That is all!

One Comment

  1. Dunno how to access to git, unknow credentials:

    Cloning into ‘popcorn-app’…
    Username for ‘’: popcorntime
    Password for ‘https://[email protected]’:

    fatal: Authentication failed for ‘’

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