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The Best Ways to Play Netflix Videos on Linux

Play Netflix videos online or offline on Windows or Mac computers is easy since the Netflix app is available for Windows users (Windows 8 & 10), and Netflix videos can be played on any browser on Windows and Mac. However, it is not that easy for computers with Linux operation systems, especially to play Netflix videos offline on Linux. Same as the Mac computers, the Netflix app is also unavailable for Linux. But do not worry! We will guide you to play Netflix videos online or offline on a laptop with a Linux operation system.

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Play Netflix Videos Online on Linux

The DRM-protected online streaming videos are not supported to be played on Linux initially; therefore, we will provide a few methods for you that you can watch Netflix videos online.

1. Google Chrome

The reason chosen Chrome to play Netflix videos on Linux is that installing Google Chrome is easy. And it is a standalone application with the necessary plug-ins available and completely built into the application. With Chrome, you can watch TV and TV shows from almost any video-streaming site, including Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video, without having to install any additional software. You will also have access to a huge library of Chrome plugins, a host of Web applications in the Chrome ecosystem, and Blink, the excellent Web and JavaScript rendering engine. Meanwhile, it is probably the most popular Web browser on Linux, with a vast array of options, and it has been changing the way people view Web content for years.

2. Pipelight

Pipelight is another way that you can watch Netflix videos on Linux. Pipelight is the open-source version of Microsoft's Silverlight plug-in that Netflix previously used to stream Video, and Amazon Prime Instant Video currently uses it to stream Video. Pipelight works with almost every major Web browser in Linux and works fine most of the time. Pipelight is compatible with Flash, Shockwave, Silverlight, and Unity Web Player, allowing you to stream almost any video content and play games supported by the Unity game engine, all through your Web browser.

3. Virtual Machine

With this method to play Netflix videos online on Linux, you need to install the Windows or OS X Virtual machine on your computer at first. Then, just run the virtual machine and watch Netflix videos on the browser.

These 3 methods are the way for you to watch Netflix videos online on your Linux computers. If you would like to watch Netflix videos offline, please read on.

Part 2. Play Netflix Videos Offline on Linux

To play Netflix videos offline on your computer, you need help from our Netflix Video Downloader. Netflix Video Downloader is a professional program enabling you to download unlimited TV shows, documentaries, and movies from Netflix in MP4 or MKV format. And, the downloaded Netflix videos can be transferred to any other device that supports play MP4 or MKV video files. Meanwhile, this program supports batch downloading, which allows you to add multiple videos for downloading. This professional tool will help you download videos in the queue. Besides, this tool supports downloading videos in HD resolution (up to 1080p) and keeping original audio tracks and subtitles.

Since the Netflix Video Downloader only has the Windows and Mac versions, you need to use the virtual machine installed on your computer. Then, install the program to download the videos for offline playback. On the other hand, you can also run the Windows version of Netflix Video Downloader on your computer under WINE. Then, you can follow the tutorial below to download Netflix videos and save them on your computer in MP4 or MKV format. After all the steps, you can feel free to play Netflix videos offline on Linux.

Step 1Install and Launch Netflix Video Downloader

Click the ‘Download’ button (shown above) to download Netflix Video Downloader and install to your laptop or PC. Then, launch the program.

Step 2Set Output Video Quality

Netflix Video Downloader supports getting video in HD quality, and you can click the Setting button on the upper right corner to set the output quality as High, or choose Medium or Low according to the storage space of your devices. Plus, the setting of customizing the Output path is also in this window.

Meanwhile, you can choose to download Netflix videos in MP4 or MKV format with audio track and subtitles in a specific language. You can also choose to save subtitles within the video file or as a single file.

Set Output Quality

Step 3Search Preference Videos or Paste Netflix Video URL to Downloader

You can type any keywords or the URL of the movies or TV shows that you want to download, and then press the “Enter” button directly. The downloader will display all related videos.

Copy and Paste Netflix Video URL

Step 4Download Movies or TV Shows

Find the movies or TV shows that you want to download and directly click the download icon of each title to start downloading.

Downloading Netflix Videos

Extra TipsAdvanced Download

Netflix Video Downloader added advanced download settings that enable you to select the audio track and subtitle as needed. You can decide to download the audio track(s) and subtitle(s) in specific language(s). Besides, you can specify the video quality of the downloaded videos in resolution (480p, 720p, or 1080p).

For TV Shows: Please click on the download icon, and you will find the ‘Advanced Download’ button in the bottom left corner. Please click on the button to open the window.

For Movies: Please click on the Advanced Download icon Advanced Download icon beside the download icon to open the window.

Advanced Download setting

Step 5Check Downloaded History

After downloading, you can check the downloaded history in Library, which will show all videos you downloaded recently.

View history


With these methods, you can feel free to play Netflix videos on your Linux computer even without an internet connection. Netflix Video Downloader is a nice choice for you to download videos for offline playback. You only need to play the videos with the compatible media player. Just try it out by yourself now.

Note: The free trial version of Netflix Video Downloader has the same features as the full version, but it only enables you to download the first 5 minutes of each video. To download the whole Netflix videos, you are suggested to purchase the full version.

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