Install Netflix Desktop App in Ubuntu

Install Netflix Desktop App - Ubuntu

Netflix is an American provider of on-demand Internet streaming media available to both North and South America, the Caribbean, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and flat rate DVD-by-mail in the United States.

This is a great way to watch movies, either on your computer or on your television via DVD’s in the mail. A very popular way of getting your media fix. Now Netflix has come to Ubuntu, you can install the Netflix app created by Erich Hoover.

This app is actually a package containing a patched version of Wine, the Windows build of Firefox, Microsoft Silverlight, and some tweaks to make it all work together. Previously, Silverlight would not run properly in Wine.

It’ll take up a fair amount of space on your system, but at least you’ll finally be able to stream movies to that Linux-based home theatre PC, or your laptop running Ubuntu.

The first time you launch, it’ll do some extra installation work, but when it’s done, it’ll launch in full screen mode and let you start watching movies. To exit full screen mode, just press F11
Note: While this worked pretty, it is an unofficial solution that relies on Wine. Netflix doesn’t officially support it.


Install Netflix Desktop App – Ubuntu


1. Add the ppa

$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio

2. Update

$ sudo apt-get update

3. Install

$ sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop

4. Start Netflix App

Search for Netflix and run the app.
After it loads you need to log into your Netflix account and find a movie.
SilverLight may ask you to enable DRM content. enable it.
The Netflix app will start up in full screen mode.

F11 will exit full screen mode
ALT+F4 will close the Netflix app.

Congratulations! you have installed Netflix Desktop App in Ubuntu

External Links

  • Wiki
  • Homepage

  • ‘Jamie Howdell

    I have installed as above & logged into my netflix account but when I try to watch a movie it opens a black screen. It hasn’t asked me to enable DRM – is there a way to do this?