Netflix on Ubuntu

Once I installed Ubuntu on my desktop, I was not able to go back to windows for some weird partition issues.  I am still struggling to find out how to re-install Windows.  However, I tried logging into the Netflix website from Firefox on Linux Ubuntu and got the following error when trying to view a video.

Ubuntu displayed the following error when playing Netflix Video

Ubuntu displayed the following error when playing Netflix Video

Unfortunately, Netflix requires you to have silverlight plugin to view videos and this plugin is still not available for Ubuntu.  I did some websearch and found a solution to the issue.  Hopefully, this will also help others who want to watch Netflix on Ubuntu OS.  This is a nice tool developed by Erich Hoover and you can donate on to thank him for his work.

So, all you need to do to get netflix to work is open a command terminal and type in following:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop

The above commands will start the installation of the netflix-desktop application.  In case the installation didn’t go through fine, you can delete it using the following command:

sudo apt-get purge netflix-desktop
sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-add-repository --remove ppa:ehoover/compholio
rm -rf .wine-browser/

One issue which caused me to get stuck at the end of the Gecko Wine installer was navigating the GUI menu but the TAB key helps you move and Enter selects the OK option to proceed.  I was able to start watching netflix using this desktop app and by default it starts it in full-screen mode, you can hit F11 to change it to a window.


One comment on “Netflix on Ubuntu

  1. Oscar Deits says:

    Thanks so much! Worked like a charm.

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