Native(ish) Netflix!

The folks over at recently put up a challenge to the Linux community to get Netflix to work natively under our beloved OS. Thankfully, Erich Hoover stepped up to the challenge and patched the Wine Project in a way to allow Firefox/Silverlight to be installed and actually work with Netflix's DRM'd Silverlight!

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The process is a little complex, and it involves patching source code before compiling, but Erich plans to create a PPA with all the compiling already done. Eventually, he intends to create a standalone Netflix-playing app that incorporates all the pieces of Wine and Silverlight. Thankfully, Erich didn't wait until the project was complete before sharing his success. If you want to play native(ish) Netflix on your Linux desktop without virtualization, check out his instructions at:


Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.


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NetFlix ppa avaiable & working

Bipolarmaniac's picture

Linux PPA for Netflicks is Working.
Compliments of Erich Hoover.
Go Here first!!

Follow the easy instructions.
If you had previously tried to install the Netflix Desktop App via our terminal commands from the earlier post, we recommend running the line below in a terminal to clear out any unexpected errors BEFORE trying to install the Netflix Desktop app via the PPA method...

rm -Rf ~/.netflix-desktop

***ppa install method***

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop

You can also "thank" Erich for his hard work by donating to his ChipIn...

Old news

Anonymous's picture

This article has no clue. The ppa has been out for about 2 months.

Great reporting Shawn! This

Philip 's picture

Great reporting Shawn! This is the best patch of the wine project ever. Who cares if it's native or not, it works very well, that's all that matters.

Wine'd Netflix already running on Fuduntu

LinuxFreq's picture

Not sure if part of the same project but as of 12/19/2012, Fuduntu Linux already has a "wine'd" version of Netflix up and running.

While this project does work

LinuxHelpGeek's picture

While this project does work really well, I still wouldn't call it native. But thank you so much for getting it done, this is awesome.