How To Install Pipelight On Ubuntu, Linux Mint And Elementary OS

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Pipelight is a browser plugin which enables the use of Microsoft’s close-source Silverlight, in order to have access at video streaming services, like Netflix, for example.

Pipelight needs both a Linux library and a Windows file called pluginloader.exe, that loads the Silverlight DLLs via Wine. Many popular television services, including Netflix can be watched only via Silverlight / Pipelight, so this workaround is quite useful.

how to install Pipelight on Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail, Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 16 Petra, Linux Mint 15 Olivia, Linux Mint 14 Nadia, Linux Mint 13 Maya and Elementary OS 0.2 Luna.

In this article I will show you how to install Pipelight on Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail, Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 16 Petra, Linux Mint 15 Olivia, Linux Mint 14 Nadia, Linux Mint 13 Maya and Elementary OS 0.2 Luna.

Because all the needed packages are available via some third-party PPAs, installing Pipelight on Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Elementary OS is easy. All you have to do is:

$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mqchael/pipelight
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install pipelight

The installation of Pipelight will also ask for the installation of the mono and gecko wine packages. You can skip it, because those two packages are not needed.

To test if the installation went smooth, go on this site.

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5 comments on “How To Install Pipelight On Ubuntu, Linux Mint And Elementary OS
  1. nettow says:

    what browser does this work with? I have Firefox and chrome.

  2. jou says:

    Do you need pluginloader.exe from windows machine? I couldn’t find in my.. Or will it come from those repositories?

  3. Todd says:

    oddly my test passes running firefox but netflix still says I don’t have a valid installation. Running ps -ef I see the pluginloader.exe running so I have all the right pieces.

    Any idea whats going on here? How can I troubleshoot this?

    • Ben says:

      I got it to work with Netflix on chrome by spoofing the user agent as ‘Windows – Firefox 15′. Otherwise it was just redirecting to a requirements page.

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