How to install Netflix on Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Fedora

I will show you to install and use Netflix on Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Fedora in this article. Netflix streaming video has been available for Linux for a while. With Netflix you can watch unlimited movies and TV episodes from your Personal Computer, Playstation, Wii, Xbox or any device that support Internet streaming. Netflix will run on Windows, Mac OX, now even Linux.

 Netflix requires Microsoft Silverlight plugin with DRM (Digital Rights Management). Even thought there is a native Linux program similar to Silverlight is Moonlight, Moonlight does support DRM so it does not help. Netflix will keep using DRM for all of their movies and TV shows, and only Silverlight support DRM so Netflix will not be officially supported in Linux.

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

To install Netflix Desktop on Fedora and Centos

32 bits

# yum -y install http://sourceforge.net/projects/postinstaller/files/fedora/releases/19/i386/updates/wine-silverligh-1.6-3.fc19.i686.rpm
# yum -y install http://sourceforge.net/projects/postinstaller/files/fedora/releases/19/i386/updates/netflix-desktop-0.7.0-7.fc19.noarch.rpm

64 bits

# yum -y install http://sourceforge.net/projects/postinstaller/files/fedora/releases/19/x86_64/updates/wine-silverligh-1.6-3.fc19.x86_64.rpm
# yum -y install http://sourceforge.net/projects/postinstaller/files/fedora/releases/19/x86_64/updates/netflix-desktop-0.7.0-7.fc19.noarch.rpm

How to use Netflix Desktop in Linux

First time when you start Netflix, there are will be some small prompts asking you to install a few extra required programs to make Netflix run properly. Agree and install those. After login to your Netflix account, when you play your first movie or TV show, you will be asked again to agree on “Enable playback of protected content” by Silverlight DRM. Enable to agree to playback restricted content to use Netflix on Linux.

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