How to Install Boxee in Ubuntu Linux

Boxee is a Linux or MAC based media player capable of playing not only your home media collection but also internet TV channels such as BBC iPlayer. Want to install Boxee into Ubuntu Linux?

Here’s how:

First, register on the Boxee registration page. Choose a username and password and enter a few (very basic details). Boxee requires that you validate your email address, so after you’ve completed the registration form, go check your email inbox. I loved the confirmation email – here’s an extract:

for a quick overview of a few of the features check out this video
boxee for Linux is supported on Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) or 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) x86 (not x86_64) operating systems.
boxee for Mac (Intel based) works on OS X 10.4 (Tiger), 10.5 (Leopard), and AppleTV.
to install boxee on AppleTV, please see

Quality use of title case (or lack of) at the beginning of each sentence and some extremely useful links to instructional videos on Vimeo and a guide from Lifehacker on how to hack your Apple TV to run their software really got my vote. This is going to be fun :-)

After you’ve clicked the validation URL in the email, you’re taken to a downloads page where you’re asked to choose your operating system. Boxee is currently only available for MAC and Ubuntu:

boxee download options

To install in Ubuntu, follow these instructions:

1) Go to System > Administration > Software Sources

3) In Sources Software dialogue, select Third-Party Software tab, click Add, and enter:
* for Hardy: deb hardy main
* for Intrepid: deb intrepid main


3) After closing this dialogue open a terminal window, and enter:

sudo apt-get install boxee


4) To run Boxee, browse to Applications > Sound & Video > Boxee – or easier still, add the menu icon to your AWN launcher.

Well there you go. Boxee easily installs in Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex and I’ve got to say, the UI is visually stunning. I can’t wait to see what it can do!


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2 thoughts on “How to Install Boxee in Ubuntu Linux

  1. kiterunner says:

    Nice post. From what i felt, Boxee is by far the one among the best multimedia application you could get in Linux. Basically, it is a fork of XBMC, but in many ways it fares much better than XBMC itself. Boxee is still in its alpha, but really stable and easy to use. Here is another nice blog on boxee in Ubuntu

  2. Chris says:

    Nice tutorial, this install does not work on ubuntu 11.10 because of a dependency problem. Here’s a nice tutorial to solve that problem

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