How to install Netflix on Ubuntu

Netflix LogoI’ve been using Netflix quite a bit recently. I started using the service a few months back and I really love it. There’s a huge variety of TV shows and films you can stream in full HD and goes damn well with my recently acquired 50 mbps Internet connection. 🙂

But I’m also a Linux user, and officially there is no support for Linux. This is despite the software working on other Linux based platforms, such as Android. However, there is a solution, or more accurately, a work around.

Erich Hoover has cleverly programmed and packaged a little application that usesthe Windows version of Firefox, via Wine to provide all the necessary requirements for the Netflix Silverlight player to run successfully in a Linux environment.

It’s awesome, and really easy to install in Ubuntu 12.04 due to Erich’s PPA repository.

Installing Netflix on Ubuntu 12.04

To install Netflix on Ubuntu, just follow the following steps.

  1. Open a terminal (CTRL + ALT + T), and enter the following commands.
  2. sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
  3. sudo apt-get update
  4. sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop

And that’s the main install. You can start Netflix by opening the Ubunty Dash (Super/Windows key) and searching for ‘Netflix Desktop’.

The first time the program is started, it will perform some initial download and set-up, which may take a few minutes dependent on the speed of your computer and Internet connection.

Once this is complete, you’ll be presented with the Netflix website running full screen, just login and begin watching! When you’re done, hit ALT + F4 to quite, or press F11 to switch from full screen to windowed and back again.

I hope this quick tutorial helping you install and run Netflix in Ubuntu 12.04!

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