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How do you watch Netflix on Fedora 20?

asked 2014-04-05 05:34:11 -0500

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What do I need to do to watch Netflix on Fedora 20?

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now Pipelight is officially in the repositories... please read

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2014-09-20 17:41:09 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-04-07 10:08:57 -0500

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updated 2014-04-16 15:16:19 -0500

If you're just looking to watch netflix via firefox, you can use pipelight. I have been using it for a while now and it has been working great for me, no issues as of yet.

Instructions from the above link are as follows:

Install the required fonts:

sudo yum install cabextract
sudo rpm -i

Install the repo:

sudo wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/pipelight.repo

Install pipelight:

sudo yum install pipelight
sudo pipelight-plugin --update

Enable pipelight's silverlight plugin:

sudo pipelight-plugin --enable silverlight

If you run into SELinux issues (assuming you're using it):

sudo setsebool -P unconfined_mozilla_plugin_transition 0

Something to note:
The pipelight repo includes the latest development branch of wine, which is sometimes ahead of the wine packages in the Fedora repos (but not always). As such, when the Fedora repo does get ahead of the pipelight repo, it will take priority over the pipelight repo and install the latest wine packages in the Fedora repo until the pipelight repo gets ahead of the Fedora repo again. As of yet, I personally have not had this cause any kind of issues or conflicts on my system.

Another note:
This also works in Fedora 18 and 19 (though I haven't personally tested it in 18 or 19). Just change 'Fedora_20' to 'Fedora_18" or 'Fedora_19' when installing the repo.

Also, this is my first time posting here. I apologize in advance if suggesting using third party repos is frowned upon.

Forgot to mention that you may need a user agent switcher.
For FireFox:
For Google Chrome/Chromium:

Once the user agent switcher is installed, just set it to a Windows version of Chrome/FireFox.

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Thank you. This answer is very clear. My system can't find a "satisfiable" mirror to download pipelight from. I'm guessing this has something to do with my internet or the region I live in. Does anyone have ideas on whether I can remedy this? or should I just try again later.

dverbrugge gravatar imagedverbrugge ( 2014-04-07 16:04:50 -0500 )edit

Just try again later

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2014-04-07 19:35:40 -0500 )edit


Thanks for the step-by-step guide sirdarkpaw. Netflix does work on Firefox now.

However, when I try to run it in Chrome-stable, it asks me to download silverlight when I play a movie. I am using 'User-Agent Switcher for Chrome' and running as 'Windows Firefox 15'. Do you know where the problem lies?

inrepair10 gravatar imageinrepair10 ( 2014-06-07 04:03:17 -0500 )edit

Netscape plugins (such as pipelight) are no longer supported by Chrome/Chromium. So unless pipelight is rewritten, you'll have to use Firefox or another browser that supports NPAPI.

carnegie0107 gravatar imagecarnegie0107 ( 2014-08-28 18:34:18 -0500 )edit

I have had troubles with the wine version of Fedora_19. The F19's repo latest version is '1.7.26-1' and Pipelight's repo have version 1.7.25-11. And the pipelight rpm depends on version 1.7.25-11.

Consequence: dependency problems! My workaround : yumdownloader pipelight ; sudo rpm -ivh --nodeps pipelight- or `sudo rpm -ivh --nodeps pipelight- and to avoid future updates dependency problems: remove the pipelight repo afterwards.

This works fine with google-chrome on my PC, but I obviously can not guarantee that it works everywhere. Verify that you have the necessary wine-XXX packages.

kdg1955 gravatar imagekdg1955 ( 2014-09-20 04:38:40 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-09-21 10:43:11 -0500

Netflix is working on native support for Linux. You need NSS libraries above 3.16. Paul Mellor's has posted instructions on his website.

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answered 2014-11-23 04:24:34 -0500

Netflix now works in Google Chrome for Fedora without pipelight. There is a post in Fedora Magazine regarding this :

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answered 2014-11-22 13:24:12 -0500

I got Netflix to work by installing Chrome, and adding the Netflix add-on in the Chrome browser.

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answered 2014-04-16 15:44:43 -0500

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Hi, Netflix uses Silverlight plugin; it can only be run under Linux so far with Pipelight.

How to install Pipelight in Fedora 20, 21?

Now Pipelight is officially in the repositories.

dnf -y install pipelight
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answered 2014-04-05 15:12:49 -0500


Have a look over here

Can't promise this still works, but worked OK for me on FC19

Regards, Jon

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Why referring to Ubuntu if there are already answers on by @davidva ?

marcindulak gravatar imagemarcindulak ( 2014-04-06 05:45:21 -0500 )edit

Well its covers Ubuntu, Mint and Fedora so your initial statement is not strictly true. Regarding there being an answer on , didn't think about searching ask for one as I assumed that had already been done and therefore supplied a working solution. Good that they already is an answer.


jondkent gravatar imagejondkent ( 2014-04-06 14:29:29 -0500 )edit

You are right, but let's try to refer (also) to existing answers on . External websites/blogs can always go down, and we assume will continue. The best would be to provide a self-contained answer here if the answer at link is outdated.

marcindulak gravatar imagemarcindulak ( 2014-04-07 02:24:40 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-11-22 23:38:04 -0500

I highly recommend Allavsoft which can directly download youwatch at

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answered 2014-09-23 10:52:14 -0500

For 64 bit Step 1 download nss-tools-3.17.0-1.fc20.x86_64.rpm from one of the links on this page :

Step 2 install nss-tools-3.17.0-1.fc20.x86_64.rpm by either A) rpm -q nss nss-3.17.0-1.fc20.x86_64 B) using the gui method

Step 3 (Important) Restart the computer for update to take effect. If you fail to do so the whole thing will not work. The process can be fixed later on though.

Step 3

download google chrome from this link and install. Make sure you choose the right rpm for your computer 32 bit or 64 bit.

Step 4

Install the user agent switcher from this link:

Step 5 Right click the user-agent-switcher select otpions ad add the floowing : in the New User-agent name box type Netflix Linux ..In the New User-Agent String box copy and paste this : Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/38.0.2114.2 Safari/537.36 ...In the Append? box select replace ...In the Indicator Flag box type IE. Then click Add.

Step 6 Left click the user agent switcher select Chrome then select Netflix Linux . Open a new tab go to and log into your account and start watching

Important: If you forgot to retart you computer on Step 3 all you need to do is restart the computer reopen google chrome go in the advanced settings and clear out the history and more importantantly all the cookies. The cookie from netflix will continue to block you from watching even though your computer is fully set up to do so. Once the cookie is removed everything will work. Its working on mine as I type. Enjoy!

Note if you use 32 bit you will of course have to modify these instructions accordingly.

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answered 2015-04-21 21:34:20 -0500

bobdrad gravatar image

By far the simplest solution is to simply install Chrome browser. No special plugins required, no extra package bloat, simple and straightforward, works like a champ. Plus you can add the Cast extension and Chromecast it \o/

I had lots of trouble with Pipelight - it would simply hang for me.

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