Watch Netflix on Archlinux

Finally someone came up with a way to watch Netflix on Linux. The Official workaround is Ubuntu only, but the Archlinux community has repackaged the software, which consists on the Windows version of Mozilla Firefox and a patched wine with Silverlight support.

For installing you can go 2 ways:

1- Get it from the repository

Add the following to /etc/pacman.conf:

Server =$repo/community/$arch
 Server =$repo/$arch

Both the database and the packages are signed, so you will have to add my key to pacman’s trusted key list.

# pacman-key -r 0EE7A126

verify it using the info below and then sign it with the local master key:

# pacman-key --lsign-key 0EE7A126

next, update your pacman database

# pacman -Syy

and install the netflix script,

# pacman -S netflix-desktop

2- Install it from the AUR

Using your favorite AUR helper (Complete list here, I recommend packer) do:

packer -S netflix-desktop

This will pull all the dependencies and compile the software (this compilation takes a LONG time, I have a ThinkPad with i5 processor and 8gb of ram, and took like an hour)

IMPORTANT: If you install the AUR version and later decide to use the repository, you have to REMOVE the netflix-desktop package from your system including the dependencies to avoid any problems later, then you can go ahead and reinstall the package using the repository version.

So, what’s the difference between the AUR version and the repository version?

The repository version has precompiled packages so you don’t have to compile them yourself

For more information you can check the Un-Official Arch Netflix repo


9 Responses to “Watch Netflix on Archlinux”

  1. nicklej says:

    Wish I had found this like an hour ago before I started compiling from the AUR. Thanks anyway.

    • well you will have to recompile on every update, so you can still set up the repo to avoid the long compile time in the future. If you are going to do it, make sure you remove the AUR package first, as they are not interchangeable. Thanks for reading!

  2. I just followed the directions and I get this error;

    error: failed retrieving file ‘archnetflix.db’ from : The requested URL returned error: 404 Not Found
    error: failed to update archnetflix (download library error)

  3. Sky Admiral says:

    Pipelight is now a good option for watching Neflix on Linux:

    I had to remove the version of wine-silverlight that came from netflix-desktop and build from source, which takes a long while, but it works great with Chrome.

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