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How to watch Hulu on the Linux desktop with Electronplayer

Are you looking to watch Hulu on your Linux PC from the comfort of your Linux desktop? Tired of opening up Firefox or Chrome to watch your shows? Check out Electronplayer. It’s a streaming app for Linux that supports most mainstream streaming services, including Hulu. Here’s how to set it up on your system.

Note: to successfully follow this guide; you will need to have a Hulu account, as well as a paid subscription for the service. Hulu will not function within Electronplayer without an account. Find more information about Hulu here.

Installing Electronplayer on Linux

Electronplayer is an excellent application to watch your favorite shows on Hulu from the Linux desktop. However, this application doesn’t come pre-installed on any Linux operating system, so you’ll have to set it up manually.

The installation of Electronplayer on Linux can be done in three ways. The first way is through a Linux Snap package. The second method is AppImage, which is similar to a Windows EXE. It is also available in the Arch Linux AUR.

Linux Snap package

To set up Electronplayer on Linux through the Snap store, start by enabling the Snap package runtime on your computer. You can enable the runtime by installing the “snapd” package, and enabling the “snapd.socket” service with Systemd.

Note: need help setting up the Snap runtime on your computer? If so, we can help. Please follow along with our guide on how to set up Snap packages on Linux.

After setting up the Snap runtime on your computer, the installation of Electronplayer on Linux can begin. First, open up a terminal window on the Linux desktop by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Or, search for “Terminal” in the app menu and launch it.

With the terminal window open, use the snap install command down below.

sudo snap install electronplayer


If Snaps aren’t your thing, you can also install the application via an AppImage. To start, open up a terminal window on the Linux desktop. You can open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard, or by searching for “Terminal” in the app menu.

With the terminal window open and ready to use, enter the wget command down below to grab the latest AppImage release of Electronplayer.

wget https://github.com/oscartbeaumont/ElectronPlayer/releases/download/v2.0.8-rc4/electronplayer-2.0.8.AppImage

After downloading the AppImage file, use the mkdir command to create a new folder. This folder will be named “AppImages,” and it’ll be used to store the Electronplayer AppImage files.

mkdir -p ~/AppImages/

Using the mv command, place the AppImage file into the newly created AppImages folder.

mv electronplayer-2.0.8.AppImage ~/AppImages/

You must now update the permissions of the Electronplayer application so that it can be executed as a file.

sudo chmod +x electronplayer-2.0.8.AppImage

Lastly, launch the Electronplayer program using the execution commands below.

cd ~/AppImages/

You can also launch Electronplayer by opening the “AppImages” folder and double-clicking on the AppImage file.

Arch Linux

The Electronplayer application is available for installation in the Arch Linux AUR. If you’d like to install it on your system, open up a terminal window on the Linux desktop. Then, enter the commands below in succession.

sudo pacman -S git base-devel

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git

cd trizen/

makepkg -sri
trizen -S electronplayer

How to watch Hulu on the Linux desktop

To watch Hulu on the Linux desktop using the Electronplayer application, do the following. First, open up “Electronplayer” by searching for it in the app menu. Once it is open, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Inside the application, locate the “Hulu” icon and click on it with the mouse. If you are using a version of Electronplayer that doesn’t have the Hulu icon, do the following.

First, find the “Settings” menu, and locate the “Enabled services” sub-menu. Look through the sub-menu for “Hulu” and click on it with the mouse to enable it. Then, restart the Electronplayer app.

Step 2: After clicking on the “Hulu” icon inside of the Electronplayer application, the Hulu website will load up. Locate the menu in the top-right corner and select it with the mouse to view the contents.

Step 3: Inside the Hulu menu, click on the “Log In” button with the mouse. When you choose this button, it’ll ask you to enter in your user credentials and passcode. Do so.

Step 4: After logging into your Hulu account, your “Stuff” will appear. Using the mouse, select the TV show or movie you wish to watch, and allow it to load up to enjoy the show.

Need to close Hulu? Close the Electronplayer window, and it should close. Alternatively, to swap services, click on “Services” and select the “menu” option to access the services menu.


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