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

By | August 22, 2016

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 08/02/2016 the safe version would be fork named: “Popcorn Time CE” available from this page: http://popcorntime.ag/

Read more on Reddit PopcornTimeCE

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

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.

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. 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:
Download Movie Popcorn Time Magnet Link 1
When you hover over the circle you will see details about file availability:
Download Movie Popcorn Time Magnet Link 2

Few or none seeds. Might work or not.
Medium number of seeds. It will work but will take more time to download.
Plenty of seeds. File will play easily.

Save by Cache Directory

  1. Go to Settings
    Popcorn Time Settings icon

  2. Check Show advanced settings
    Save Movie Popcorn Time Show Advanced Option

  3. Scroll down to Cache Directory and unselect Clear Tmp Folder after closing app?
    This way Popcorn Time will not delete downloaded movies.

    SaveMovie Popcorn Time Cache Options

    Cache Directory above is a location where the movie files are kept.
    You can change it to more user friendly place like c:\movies

    To copy and paste the 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.

  4. In Cache Directory you will see sub folders: torrent-stream, TorrentCache and zero or more like fb8f6d21fer3948b2497439b4d540294c42653df.
    You can ignore first two. Movies are in the long letters-numbers folders. Those names 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 for example estimated time remaining to complete download.

    Save Movie Popcorn Time Download Progress

11 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?

    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.

  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).

  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…

    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.

  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?

  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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