Peerflix: Stream Torrents With VLC Or MPlayer Via Command Line
The application even supports streaming torrents with multiple video files, although I'm not sure if the video files are played in order (if you try it, let us know in the comments).
Peerflix is actually what Popcorn Time uses under the hood, but you can use it separately so you can stream any video torrent and use any video player you want.
Install Peerflix in Ubuntu
1. To install Peerflix in Ubuntu or Linux Mint, firstly you'll have to add the Node.js reposiktory and install nodejs:
sudo apt-get install curl curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_5.x | sudo -E bash - sudo apt-get install nodejs
2. Next, install Peerflix using the following command:
sudo npm install -g peerflix
Update -> Arch Linux users can install Peerflix via AUR: stable | git.
Optional: Firefox integration (via Pinguy)
Below you can watch a quick video I recorded a few minutes ago, demoing Peerflix (with VLC) streaming torrents directly from Firefox:
( direct video link)
To set up these tweaks, use the instructions below (requires VLC).
Setting this in Chrome is more complicated, here's an example.
1. Firstly, install vlc, xterm, python-libtorrent and wget:
sudo apt-get install vlc xterm python-libtorrent wget
2. To be able to open torrent files from Firefox and play them with VLC via Peerflix, use the commands below:
Then, open your web browser and click a video torrent. When it asks what app to use, select Other and browse for /usr/local/bin/Torrent-Video-Player
wget https://raw.github.com/hotice/webupd8/master/Torrent-Video-Player -O /tmp/Torrent-Video-Player sudo install /tmp/Torrent-Video-Player /usr/local/bin/
3. For Magnet Links support, use the commands below:
And just like above, open Firefox, click a magnet link, select Other and browser for /usr/local/bin/Magnet-Video-Player
wget https://raw.github.com/danfolkes/Magnet2Torrent/master/Magnet_To_Torrent2.py -O /tmp/Magnet_To_Torrent2.py sudo install /tmp/Magnet_To_Torrent2.py /usr/local/bin/ wget https://raw.github.com/hotice/webupd8/master/Magnet-Video-Player -O /tmp/Magnet-Video-Player sudo install /tmp/Magnet-Video-Player /usr/local/bin/
Using the extra tweaks above, you basically don't have to do anything else. But if you want to use Peerflix manually (for instance, to use your favourite video player), here's a quick guide.
To stream a torrent with Peerflix and play it with VLC, use the following command:
peerflix http://some-torrent/movie.torrent --vlc
(replacing "some-torrent/movie.torrent with the link to a video torrent file; update: magnet links are now also supported, so you can use a magnet link instead of a a torrent file link)Example:
peerflix http://download.stefan.ubbink.org/ToS/tears_of_steel_1080p.webm.torrent --vlc
To automatically play the video in MPlayer instead of VLC, use the following command:
peerflix http://some-torrent/movie.torrent --mplayer
If you don't want to use VLC or MPlayer, simply don't append "--vlc" or "--mplayer" to the Peerflix command. Example:
Then open some video player like Totem for instance, select to open location and enter the location displayed by Peerflix ("http://192.168.1.6:8888/" in my case - see screenshot above).
It's also worth mentioning that you don't have to use a torrent link - you can use Peerflix with a locally saved torrent file too:
Peerflix also supports setting the maximum number of connections, changing the port, loading subtitles and more. Here's the complete list of options:
$ peerflix --help Usage: peerflix magnet-link-or-torrent [options] Options: -c, --connections max connected peers [default: 100] -p, --port change the http port [default: 8888] -i, --index changed streamed file (index) -l, --list list available files with corresponding index -t, --subtitles load subtitles file -q, --quiet be quiet -v, --vlc autoplay in vlc* -s, --airplay autoplay via AirPlay -m, --mplayer autoplay in mplayer* -g, --smplayer autoplay in smplayer* --mpchc autoplay in MPC-HC player* --potplayer autoplay in Potplayer* -k, --mpv autoplay in mpv* -o, --omx autoplay in omx** -w, --webplay autoplay in webplay -j, --jack autoplay in omx** using the audio jack -f, --path change buffer file path -b, --blocklist use the specified blocklist -n, --no-quit do not quit peerflix on vlc exit -a, --all select all files in the torrent -r, --remove remove files on exit -h, --hostname host name or IP to bind the server to -e, --peer add peer by ip:port -x, --peer-port set peer listening port -d, --not-on-top do not float video on top --on-downloaded script to call when file is 100% downloaded --on-listening script to call when server goes live --version prints current version Options passed after -- will be passed to your player "peerflix magnet-link --vlc -- --fullscreen" will pass --fullscreen to vlc * Autoplay can take several seconds to start since it needs to wait for the first piece ** OMX player is the default Raspbian video player