Package Details: popcorntime 0.4.4-1

Git Clone URL: (read-only, click to copy)
Package Base: popcorntime
Description: Stream movies from torrents. Skip the downloads. Launch, click, watch.
Upstream URL:
Licenses: GPL3
Submitter: ItachiSan
Maintainer: ItachiSan
Last Packager: ItachiSan
Votes: 52
Popularity: 0.51
First Submitted: 2016-03-01 20:36
Last Updated: 2020-04-16 22:19

Pinned Comments

ItachiSan commented on 2018-07-24 21:01

You are free to report issues regarding the packaging here: be aware that sometimes the package will fail to build because of outdated upstream and updated dependency, which will require me some time to test and solve the problem; I do also have life stuff, packaging is a free-time activity.

Info regarding the package
  1. The package uses the sources available at: I am aware of the different clones and branches; I do still believe that this code is acceptable (not affected itself from malware).

  2. This package uses a custom NW.js build provided from the PopcornTime team; essentially, a custom compiled browser. While this won't affect you as it should be used only within the app, you are here informed that I have no power over this component.

  3. The above point stands as the official NW.js Chromium source lacks multiple modern codecs, such as AC3 and HEVC (H.265).

  4. Earlier this package used the official nw.js toolchain provided available at and the prebuilt FFmpeg library with additional codecs available at . This was because the nw.js toolchain provided by the PopcornTime team can not be proven as non-malware easily. However, due to point 3, this approach was reverted. You are free to use an older PKGBUILD with the appropriate variable updates to re-enable this, however you will miss support for recent codecs.

  5. In addition, the PKGBUILD won't point to the Git release reference but will also include important commits, for e.g. security reasons or providers changes.

Latest Comments

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ItachiSan commented on 2019-05-10 16:14

@kronikpillow & @Kaliwaal

  1. As the software works as it should (most of the videos play back fine), I don't see why this package miss something.
  2. The fact that series can't be played back is an issue, not of the packaging (build the software and put it in proper place) but of the software itself. So you can't blame me, even partially.
  3. If you read the pinned comment (I doubt you do, due to the answer), I say the ffmpeg library is pre-built, so it might possibly be an upstream issue.
  4. popcorntime-bin as a package is not maintained from upstream at all; it just repackages the official tarball.
  5. If such package is fine, you might use it meanwhile.
  6. I do AUR packaging in my free time, which I might not have (as for this week)
  7. I still believe the ffmpeg library is the main culprit and will test stuff during the weekend; meanwhile, I still recommend you to open a ticket upstream at the prebuilt ffmpeg library Github repository (just to be clear)

kronikpillow commented on 2019-05-10 15:04

it also does not detect any subtitles ... while -bin does

kronikpillow commented on 2019-05-10 14:53

@ItachiSan strange, mine terminal output is nothing similar to @Kaliwaal - terminal output

after i run F12 in Popcorntime, i get this in the terminal

and in the F12 console i get this

File in question: The Flash Season 5 Episode 21 Issue: Video yes, Audio No

I don't know how to determine file format from butter when i run the file in VLC and MPV it plays properly with both video and audio

... once again mate, you are asking us to provide a issue report to upstream ... but this is not a upstream issue as popcorntime-bin package reproduces all file formats properly both in audio and video, which means, that something in your package is missing ... also upstream is not responsible for user created packages on the Arch Linux AUR, the packer is

Kaliwaal commented on 2019-05-07 11:56

@ItachiSan, Here is the output which I get when I press F12 from within the app when trying to run the aforementioned file. I tried to copy it but then realised a screenshot would be better.

I also ran the app from within the terminal and here is the output: I hope it helps.

kronikpillow commented on 2019-05-07 10:40

@ItachiSan try watching TV Series like Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tommorow, Game of Thrones etc etc etc

I will provide you with the logs a little later ... my main consern atm is recovering my lost data partition :-/ accidentally wiped my backup hdd :-D (boom)

ItachiSan commented on 2019-05-06 19:20

@Kaliwaal I can reproduce the error! It might be that the current FFMpeg library has some changes that give the error.

For that, you should

  1. Find out the codecs of the file
  2. Open an issue on the provider of the library (see the pinned comment)

What I can mention is that I am going to update the package soon with NW.js 0.38.1, as the FFMpeg library is now updated for that; I will test again the video and, if it doesn't work, I will try also older versions of NW.js + FFMpeg to find a working one.

Kaliwaal commented on 2019-05-06 10:03


The pilot played fine with the now oprhaned package. Plus, I have not made any changes to my system as far as ffmpeg or codecs are concerned.

Therefore, I think the problem is not with my installation. Lets hope that we are able to solve this.

Kaliwaal commented on 2019-05-06 10:00


I didn't complete the steps 2 and 3. I will soon complete them as I am short of time as of now. However this is what I get when I try to play the pilot of The BigBang Theory Season 1 (of course :p). This I could as of now.

ItachiSan commented on 2019-05-05 14:54

@Kaliwaal & @kronikpillow, I've rebuilt the package and tested a few movies, which includes but are not limited to:

  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Cold Pursuit
  • Glass
  • Aquaman
  • Moana

All of them worked well at both 720p and 1080p.

As I can't reproduce the issue, I have a few things I can say:

  1. Please provide me the names of the movies causing troubles, to check that I can replicate
  2. Please create a gist/pastebin or something similar with both the logs from the terminal (yup, run the app from the terminal) and the nw.js developer console (use F12 within the app to make it appear)
  3. The issue might be dependent on factors such as missing codecs on your computer; although the FFMpeg library should be static, I can't exclude something might be fishy there

Waiting for feedback!

ItachiSan commented on 2019-05-05 13:10

@Kaliwaal & @kronikpillow didn't have time untill now for testing, going to rebuild the package now.

Just to mention, Arch standard environment is usually much more updated, in term of tools, than the official team's one, leading to differences in the Node packages installed, which usually break stuff.

On the other hand, it might be that the FFMpeg prebuilt library had some changes in the past days, that might be also a reason why the codecs does not work anymore.