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Netflix and ... Linux Mint

Post by Poissonchat » Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:34 am

Hello everybody,

I would love to watch Netflix on my computer ( Toshiba satellite running on Linux mint cinnamon 18.3 ...) but it is sound impossible :shock:

I love Linux and my version and please ... i don't want to come back on windows. I have this message from Netflix ( see picture ) and i would like to avoid touch the command line because I am a complete noob. I download Chrome ... it doesn't work - Firefox doesn't work ... I have no idea how to install sylverlight ... in linux.

Thank you for your help ...
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Re: Netflix and ... Linux Mint

Post by bertradio » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:12 am

I can confirm that Netflix runs just fine in Firefox 65.0 under Mint 18.3 and 19.1. Not sure what your problem is. But Netflilx does work under Mint.

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Re: Netflix and ... Linux Mint

Post by Flemur » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:53 am

firefox 65 works on netflix.

IIRC, the install process is bizarre but simple....an internet search provided the answer below in a few seconds:

https://itsfoss.com/netflix-firefox-linux/
"Step 1: Enable DRM

Open Firefox and type about:preferences#content in the address bar. Look for Digital Rights Management (DRM) Content field and check the box in front of Play DRM-controlled content. [There's is also a check-box in a GUI somewhere, but 'about;' is probably easier]

Enable DRM content playback on Firefox

This will start to install the Widevine plugin from Google. Depending on your network speed it will take a few minutes to install this add-on."
...then make sure you have the other stuff they list at that site...
Please edit your original post title to include [SOLVED] if/when it is solved!
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Re: Netflix and ... Linux Mint

Post by trytip » Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:10 am

you can try https://github.com/gort818/qtwebflix

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Compiling manually

 1. git clone --recursive https://github.com/gort818/qtwebflix.git
 2. cd qtwebflix
 3. qmake -config release
 4. make
 5. sudo make install
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Re: Netflix and ... Linux Mint

Post by phd21 » Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:18 pm

Hi Poissonchat,

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

FYI:
Playing Netflix on Linux Mint - Linux Mint Forums
viewtopic.php?f=90&t=284885&hilit=netflix
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Re: Netflix and ... Linux Mint

Post by Poissonchat » Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:45 pm

Hello

Thank you for your post :D ,I have just come back in the forum ...

So I try the widevine plugin ... it nearly works ! ... But it didn't at the end :shock:
I have all the plugins and stuff but still doest work.

After that I will try " the compilling manually " even though i have no idea what does it mean :mrgreen: . I suppose it is something with the command ...

I just find out where is the button reply on the forum. What does it mean the good reply to it ?


Thank you !!

Speak soon :D

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Re: Netflix and ... Linux Mint

Post by Poissonchat » Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:58 pm

I am here !
Sorry i don't understand the website QTwebflix ... i don't understand their language , they speak weird ... :shock: I think I reconise english but not sure.


For exemple :
Requirements-

qt5
qtwebegine(with proprietary codecs) *Most distros have this in their repos
widevine libs

I don't understand ...

Thank you fpr you help
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Re: Netflix and ... Linux Mint

Post by phd21 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:48 pm

Hi Poissonchat,

If you read the other link below, you should be able to play Netflix right now using various browsers without doing anything except turning on (enabling) DRM in the browser settings.

Playing Netflix on Linux Mint - Linux Mint Forums
viewtopic.php?f=90&t=284885&hilit=netflix

"QtWebFlix" is pretty nice, but you have to install some QtWebEngine packages and their development packages and then compile it to get it to work and run their script "widevine.sh". This creates a "qtwebflix" file in the folder of the same name that you can run.

I can give you my folder with the compiled version which I just compiled in Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon, but you would have to run the "widevine.sh" script and make sure qtwebengine and qml-module-web* packages are installed.

Hope this helps ...
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Re: Netflix and ... Linux Mint

Post by Poissonchat » Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:16 pm

Thank you Phd21

i will try later other browsers ... I must admit, when I installed linux mint on my computer , netflix ( without any udate) worked fine . As soon as I updated ( Mint linux updates ) it didn't work anymore :? . I don't know enough Linux ... i will try in first several browsers and I will post soon.

If it doest work again well I will stop to try to watch netflix on Linux simple as that.
The last time that I try to sort out the situation I co... up the computer with the command line , i am not going to touch de command again just for netflix. It is shame but that it .

I will post soon , thank you anyway

:)

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Re: Netflix and ... Linux Mint

Post by phd21 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:38 pm

Hi Poissonchat,

I do not have a Netflix account, so I cannot try it. But, many people claim they have it working in Google Chrome, Firefox, etc...

I decided to try and give you and anyone else instructions on how to download and compile QtWebFlix for Linux Mint 19.x. I think I included all the required software packages to compile QtWebFlix in these instructions. If you get any errors when running these, let me know.


How to download and compile QtWebFlix for Netflix

Open a console terminal, type in, or copy & paste, each line below one by one: Click "Select All" above command, right-click the highlighted command, select Copy (or Ctrl+Insert), click in the console terminal window, and right click paste (or Shift+Insert or Control+Shift+v), repeat for each command.

Step1: Install programs necessary for compiling applications from source code.

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sudo apt install -y build-essential cmake  cmake-extras extra-cmake-modules git curl wget  checkinstall autogen ccache
Step2:

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sudo apt-get install -y kde-runtime libxss-dev qt5-default qttools5-dev-tools qttools5-dev
Step3: Install various QT related packages.

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sudo apt-get install -y libqt5webengine5 libqt5webkit5 libqt5webkit5-dev libqt5webview5 libqt5webview5-dev libqt5webview5-dev-tools qtwebengine5-dev qml-module-qtwebengine qml-module-qtwebkit qml-module-qtwebview qtwebengine5-private-dev libqtwebkit4 libqtwebkit-qmlwebkitplugin libqtwebkit-dev libqt5webenginewidgets5 libqt5webchannel5 libqt5webchannel5-dev python-pyqt5.qtwebengine python-pyqt5.qtwebkit python3-pyqt5.qtwebengine python3-pyqt5.qtwebkit python-pyside.qtwebkit python3-pyside.qtwebkit


Step4: remove any existing qtwebflix source code folder

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sudo rm -r ~/qtwebflix
Step5:get QtWebFlix source code

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git clone --recursive https://github.com/gort818/qtwebflix.git
Step6: get into the qtwebflix folder

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cd qtwebflix
Step7: configure qtwebflix

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qmake WEBENGINE_CONFIG+=use_proprietary_codecs
Step8: compile qtwebflix

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make
Step 9:give yourself permission to run their widevine script and run it.

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chmod +x widevine.sh
Step10: run their widevine script

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sudo ./widevine.sh
Step11: give yourself permission to run the qtwebflix application

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chmod +x qtwebflix
At this point, you can type in "./qtwebflix" to see if it compiled correctly and runs
or just Exit the console terminal window.

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./qtwebflix
"qtwebflix" program will be in the "/qtwebflix" folder in your home folder, just double-click it to run it, or you can create a desktop launcher shortcut or menu item to this file.

Their icon (qtwebflix.svg) is located in their folder "~/qtwebflix/resources"

Hope this helps ...
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Re: Netflix and ... Linux Mint

Post by lsemmens » Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:19 pm

All of the above is well and good but a lot of work for one simple program. I, too, have not had any issues on my various machines running Netflix. Might I suggest the extreme step of booting from a live cd/usb and testing if it works from there. If so re-installing Linux from scratch sounds extreme but it might resolve some unintended issues create by trying to get it all to work. All the usual caveats et al re backups and the like,
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Re: Netflix and ... Linux Mint

Post by Poissonchat » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:58 pm

Hello Hello !!

Thank you so much Phd21 for your help ! it works !! I follow the first advice download an other Browser : Chrome , yes it sound stupid but I had google chromium not chrome .... sorry i am dyslexic :D

It works fine on google chrome. I download it on the command line .

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Re: Netflix and ... Linux Mint

Post by Poissonchat » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:59 pm

Thank you very much everybody xxx


Where I put the button resolve ? :)

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Re: Netflix and ... Linux Mint

Post by phd21 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:29 pm

Hi Poissonchat,

You are welcome from all of us that replied...
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Re: Netflix and ... Linux Mint...Vivaldi browser works

Post by apgano » Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:04 pm

For what its worth I didn't have any luck getting Netflix movies to play in Firefox or Chromium. I got the usual error messages. I'm using a new Think Penguin laptop running Linux Mint 19. Somewhere, someone suggested trying the VIVALDI browser (a browser I've never heard of) and that worked without any hacks necessary.

Amazingly the Vivaldi browser came preloaded with my Think Penguin Linux Mint 19 system. I launched Vivaldi, logged on to my Netflix account and the movies played flawlessly. Even for us computer illiterates Linux almost always has a solution to every problem.

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Re: Netflix and ... Linux Mint

Post by deanr72 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:34 pm

Install Google Chrome? That's what I use for Netflix.

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Re: Netflix and ... Linux Mint

Post by bloodnok » Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:01 pm

As said in other responses it should be enough to enable DRM in the firefox preferences.

BUT...

If you ever get the Netflix pop-up that says that DRM needs to be installed and you press the button (labelled Enable I think but I may be misremembering), it seems that your user profile will become permanently broken.

My guess is that pressing the button causes an incompatible DRM plugin to be installed, but it's only a guess.

The fix is to reset your profile (google "reset firefox profile") and then in your new profile enable DRM (Preferences->General->Play DRM-controlled content (near the bottom of the page). Give it a few minuets and you should be able to use Netflix. If the Netflix DRM pop-up appears, just dismiss it.

NEVER, EVER, EVER PRESS THE BUTTON IN THE "ENABLE DRM" POP-UP.

Once the breakage has occurred, simply upgrading firefox may not fix things. As far as I can tell, it is just your user profile that is broken and that will not be changed by upgrading.

I have given this feedback to Netflix. I do not have high hopes that they will do anything with it.
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