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Mac The Knife 11-16-2012 12:49 PM

Looks like someone manged to get Netflix working in a custom build of WINE.

As best as I can tell, this doesn't really get you anything like being able to "archive" content. And with Netflix apps available on BD players and settop boxes and even in TVs, I doubt this issue actually matters to anyone anymore, but it's an interesting achievement.

Rgb 11-19-2012 01:42 PM

Another writeup with a short HOWTO-


Should run the same speed as on Windows, as it's not in a VM, nor is WIne an "emulator"- it runs Win binaries directly, with original libraries or Wine alternatives.

A nice side effect is that you get Firefox for Windows with Silverlight installed for you, which should allow any site requiring Silverlight to work on Linux now- though moving forward, Silverlight will die like Flash wink.gif

Sets a nice precedent in any event.

If it works, this could pave the way to resolve any remaining Win apps that prevent people from switching to Linux, as the installer automatically grabs the patched Wine with Win Firefox/Silverlight and appears to install automatically everything needed.

WIne supports multiple independent installs using "Prefixes", so that Win apps requiring special settings or hacks to Wine like this won't affect a working existing Wine setup.

Still an important development, as anyone running Ubuntu/Linux on notebooks/netbooks on the road now have an option.

Mac The Knife 11-20-2012 01:04 PM

Originally Posted by Rgb View Post

Still an important development, as anyone running Ubuntu/Linux on notebooks/netbooks on the road now have an option.

That's a good point. I don't travel anymore, so travel issues have dropped off my radar.

Rgb 11-24-2012 10:00 AM

Originally Posted by Mac The Knife View Post

That's a good point. I don't travel anymore, so travel issues have dropped off my radar.

...and netbook/notebook viewing in the loo/on the porcelin throne wink.gif

But seriously, people now use their netbooks/notebooks/tablets as mobile/portable "TV's" around the house.

Rgb 11-26-2012 08:27 AM

Netflix Ubuntu Desktop-


minivanman 11-26-2012 11:23 AM

It works. Playback is choppy, as reported by many others. Two computers, choppy playback, and neither computer is a slouch.

I'd still call the thing in the "alpha" stage. So, I'm definitely looking forward to further development. I'd love to ditch my virtual machine, it's the last thing tying me to Windows.

I've always noticed choppy video playback on Linux when using Firefox. I moved to Chrome, and much better. Granted that issue revolved around Flash. So, I'm wondering if their choice to go with Firefox, (not like they have much choice) could be a contributor.

Just thinking out loud.

Dave84 01-07-2013 11:15 AM

Yeah, I was pretty excited about having NF on my Ubuntu machine but playback is choppy just enough to not want to watch hopefully there is a patch of some sort in the works.

jstarling82 04-25-2013 04:56 PM

Has anyone actually been able to get this working? I can't watch a thing. Silverlight keeps crashing.

jawilljr 04-25-2013 05:12 PM

Works fine for me. Once in a while I have to delete the Netflix working directory (rm -Rf ~/wine-browser).

Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10.


Speed Daemon 04-29-2013 11:34 AM

How about for other Linux distros?

Amber Ale 05-18-2013 01:30 AM

It works for me just installed last night. Had problems until I updated my graphic drivers. A little choppy here and there but nothing major.

Edit: Well 24 hours later, it's alot more choppy, Now looking for a 720p apple tv for cheap (my display is only 720p).

Dark_Slayer 01-16-2014 12:23 PM

Originally Posted by Rgb View Post

Netflix Ubuntu Desktop-


I know this is old, but I used this method on my Mint 15 notebook

I don't have any choppy issues, but I'm using this on an i5-3320M running 1600x900

I might have used an out of date install method http://linuxg.net/how-to-install-netflix-desktop-0-8-7-on-ubuntu-14-0413-1013-0412-1012-04-linux-mint-16151413-pear-os-87-and-elementary-os-0-2/

Works really well though

Dark_Slayer 01-16-2014 12:27 PM

Also, does anyone happen to know the keyboard controls for this? I've tried left and right arrows during playback, but they only move the seek bar. Pressing enter appears to Play/Pause, but complete navigation without a mouse doesn't seem possible

Rgb 01-16-2014 12:36 PM

Pipelight is the current method to do Netflix on Linux (Ubuntu, Mint, Gentoo, Arch, etc)

Sounds like Netflix runs as well as Windows with Pipelight per reports.


Pipelight is a special browser plugin which allows one to use windows only plugins inside Linux browsers. We are currently focusing on Silverlight, Flash, Shockwave and the Unity Webplayer. The project needs a patched version of Wine to execute the Silverlight DLL.

Installation Instructions: http://fds-team.de/cms/pipelight-installation.html
If you want to compile Wine on your own (not needed for the Ubuntu packages):
Wine Patches + Instructions: http://fds-team.de/cms/pipelight-compile-wine.html




Dark_Slayer 01-16-2014 01:42 PM

Good to know, guess it was up to date after all. I'd agree that it runs as well as windows on the basis that I've used both. The only exception being that the WMC app offers keyboard only navigation, which is better for remote controls (up, down, left, right, etc). That, of course, doesn't matter for my notebook, which this is perfect for

Thanks everyone for the tips, though I do wonder if the choppiness others experienced was weaker hardware

minivanman 01-19-2014 10:45 AM

Originally Posted by Dark_Slayer View Post

Thanks everyone for the tips, though I do wonder if the choppiness others experienced was weaker hardware

I've played with Pipelight on several different pieces of hardware, from AMD CPU's, APU's, Nvidia graphics, and now an Intel G2030 with integrated graphics. The G2030 is the weakest of them all, and it plays the best.

I'm using Arch Linux, so I pretty much stay bleeding edge on updates. I say this because I've noticed the Pipelight config file (~/.config/pipelight) is dramatically different than when I first started playing with it during initial release. Shows me developers are actively working on integration with various hardware. Most of the changes revolve around hardware acceleration and how Pipelight handles the hardware.

I used to run Netflix through a virtual machine and I'm getting better playback now than I did through the virtual machine.

Wolvee 03-31-2014 04:03 PM

I hope this is the right place for this question:


I use the plugin "Hola" to change my IP region location in order to get Netflix content from Europe on our other devices.  I can't seem to "tab" over to it to select it now that it's installed on my Ubuntu machine.


Any suggestions would be great,




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