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How to download free movies for off-line viewing from Popcorn Time

By | December 23, 2017

This guide will show you how to save a movie downloaded by Popcorn Time for further usage, like for example watching it on big TV from USB stick.

Important – Must Read!

Most of the Popcorn Time apps you will find on the Internet contain malware. Be careful what you download and install.

As of today 02/12/2017 the safe version would be fork named: “Popcorn Time Community” available from this page: https://popcorn-time.is/

Also be very careful about purchasing VPN from these applications. Some people reported that later on they had major problems with cancelling annual renewal.

Better option is to use VPN purchased from other vendor.

First thing to know is that Popcorn Time is basically another BitTorrent client with nice user interface and a huge list of database of torrents/magnets with movies to watch.

Remember that when you watch a movie in Popcorn Time you not only download it but also share it with others. This is how BitTorrent works.

In some countries downloading a movie for private use is legal but sharing it further is not.

There are two ways to get Popcorn Time movies:

Download by Magnet link

For this you will need external BitTorrent client.

  1. To find a Magnet Link of a movie go to the show you want to download (Movie, TV Serie, Anime) and look for magnet icon and circle like shown in the picture below:

    popcorn time file information

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    When you hover over the circle you will see details about file availability:

    popcorn time community - health red
    Few or none seeds. Might work or not.
    popcorn time community - health yellow
    Medium number of seeds. It will work but will take more time to download.
    popcorn time community - health green
    High availability. Plenty of seeds. File will play easily.
  2. Click Magnet icon

    Left mouse button click – executes default application assigned to magnet links. If you don’t have such application or it cannot be opened, nothing will happen after click

    Right mouse button click – copies magnet link to clipboard

    popcorn time magnet link copied information

  3. If you right clicked icon, go to your Torrent client and paste the magnet link.

    If you used left mouse button default Torrent client will open already having the magnet link.

Save by Cache Directory

  1. Go to Settings

    popcorn time settings icon

  2. Scroll down to Download Directory option.

    This is where the movies are downloaded to. You can change path to more user friendly place like c:\movies

    popcorn time community - download directory

    Click to enlarge

    Make sure that Delete all your Downloads after closing app is unchecked. This way Popcorn Time will not delete downloaded movies.

    To copy and paste path, left click mouse button and drag cursor along the text to select it. Right click it and choose Copy from the context menu. Paste the path to Windows Explorer.

  3. In Cache Directory you will see sub folders like:

    • torrent-stream
    • TorrentCache
    • d9729feb74992cc3482b350163a1a010da3ea1b6 – zero or more

    You can ignore first two. Movies are in the long letters-numbers folders. These are torrents hash codes.

    If you choose to show subtitles they will also be in the movie directory. Basically it is a complete set of files to watch.

    To check the download progress hover mouse over the eye icon when movie is playing.
    This will show you estimated time remaining to complete download.


    Save Movie Popcorn Time Download Progress
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13 thoughts on “How to download free movies for off-line viewing from Popcorn Time

  1. nam

    how about this newer version of popcorn.. u cant see the yellow button for magnet link.. is there any way to download for offline viewing?

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    1. Sebastian Expert Post author

      yeah, the button for magnet is gone. Good news is that the option with “not deleting cache” thing works. Go to settings and select cache folder for movies. Make sure that delete cache folder option is unselected. Use popcorn time to download movie. After it is downloaded it will be available in cache folder.

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    2. Sebastian Expert Post author

      magnet button is back in community edition

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  2. Cliff

    How do I get to advanced settings? My settings window gives only two categories: Inter face (subtitles, language) and Downloads (warn if VPN is not turned on).

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    1. Sebastian Expert Post author

      Take a look at the Step 2. You have to click the checkbox to show advanced settings.

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  3. razak

    dear Sir,
    i already downlod this apps.. but afrer finish downlod this application to my phone anroid…i click to install….but have a message like this “there was a problen while parsing the package” now what shout i do…

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    1. Sebastian Expert Post author

      hi, download app again. Maybe it got corrupted.
      Also make sure that this is not some archive file that has to be extracted first.

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  4. Onys

    Hey Sebastian,

    In the newer version, the magnet isn’t there but I have BitTorrent downloaded on my computer. I am hoping to click on a show and download without actually having to stream it. Any help?

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    1. Sebastian Expert Post author

      which version of Popcorn Time are you using?

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      1. Anonymous

        5.6.1
        there is no magnet link
        and i am not being able to cahe it also

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        1. Sebastian Expert Post author

          Working on the update for the article. Hang on.

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  5. Sunny

    Hi All,

    I have a moto X play phone and i have downloaded movies from pop corn but i am unable to get option to save it or find the downloaded movies in phone . I have to watch them where it says ‘watch now’. Can any one guide me as to how to save movies and copy that to my computer ?

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  6. aye

    Thanks for the help!

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