Watch Netflix On Ubuntu & Linux Mint

Watch Netflix On Ubuntu & Linux Mint


Update: This post is now out-dated. Workarounds are no longer needed to watch Netflix on Linux. Read the updated post for new instructions.

If you’re a Netflix subscriber you may have noticed that you’re unable to watch Netflix movies through your Web browser. ┬áThis is because the desktop Web browser version of Netflix uses Microsoft Silverlight, which is not available on Linux. But the Linux community has come up with a solution, a Netflix application.

Ubuntu/Linux Mint

Open a terminal window and run the following three lines:

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

You can then launch the Netflix Desktop application. Upon first launch it’ll complete the installation.

YouTube Tutorial


  • Sam Reynolds

    FINALLY! Goodbye windows partition.

  • kgrr

    Accepting the EULA

    During the installation of this package, you are presented with a dialog
    like in the screenshot at the top (notice there, “” is not
    selected by default).

    Unfortunately, you can’t handle those dialogs with your mouse. So what
    you need to do now is: Make sure your Terminal window is focused by
    clicking anywhere in it, then press the key to select the
    “” button, then press .

  • CaCtUs2003

    Just tried this with Linux Mint 16 Petra MATE and I don’t think Netflix agrees with it. Maybe if you have Cinnamon, you’ll have better luck.

  • Oscar Frank

    You will have to add PPA (Personal Packages Archives) in order to install Netflix on Linux.

    $ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
    To install Netflix Desktop on Ubuntu and Linux Mint

    $ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop