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.
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Licenses: GPL3
Submitter: ItachiSan
Maintainer: ItachiSan
Last Packager: ItachiSan
Votes: 52
Popularity: 0.47
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free to report issues regarding the packaging here: be aware that sometimes the package will fail to build because of outdated upstream and updated dependency, which will require me some time to test and solve the problem; I do also have life stuff, packaging is a free-time activity.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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Recapir commented on 2018-05-12 16:12

Thanks for the update but its not working for me. The loading screen shows up briefly and then I get an empty black screen.

ItachiSan commented on 2018-05-12 13:32

@Eschwartz thanks for the tip, didn't know of it. Will change the PKGBUILD accordingly. I won't do a version bump though, as there is no release change (it would just build the same).

eschwartz commented on 2018-05-07 13:36

Please don't set the npm cache like that, you have no guarantee you'll have a chance to reset it later on.

See npm help 7 config under "Environment Variables" and use

export npm_config_cache="$srcdir/npm_cache"

xantares commented on 2018-04-03 16:40

this time it's working, thanks for the update!

ItachiSan commented on 2018-04-02 17:34

Hi guys, Not sure where my message has gone (I am pretty sure I posted here something yesterday but nothing is here), anyways I have a working version.

Before was fully broken, now I can get through the menu, up to breaking other stuff (nicely done software), I am testing another commit to see if a fresher version doesn't break all the UI.

Anyways, there are many issues building; the current version of npm has a nasty bug, you can find it here:

The "fix" is that I install locally (within node_modules) a working npm version and use it for the build. I also have, some times, the same error while installing the non-broken npm!!! The only """tested""" way for me that """works""" is in my home directory (mine is a ext4 filesystem). I can't help with that. Consider that, if you survive to the first NPM install, you are good to go. Other options is to use an older npm available in the AUR (I recall there are npm4 and npm53).

Stay tuned!

pilililo2 commented on 2018-03-26 17:09

Same issue here. Previous version (0.3.10-3) still works perfectly. Something messed up in 0.3.10-4. Fortunately version 0.3.10-3 is still available as package popcorntime-bin.

whynothugo commented on 2018-03-25 17:06

pacman -Rnscu

aeliseo commented on 2018-03-25 17:05

Same issue! Stuck on startup. makepkg does many download and net-tools ( is somewhat suspisious. Is there any way of getting rid of all packages this makepkg installed? pacman -Rs popcorntime does only remove popcorntime itself.

xantares commented on 2018-02-23 16:25

Same issue: stuck also at startup. I succeeded in rebuilding the previous version (0.3.10-3) using npm4 instead of npm.

G4Zz0L1 commented on 2018-02-18 22:55

Here too, same problem, no matter what I try.