Popcorn Time is a free, multi-platform, open source application used to stream video-on-demand. It’s one of the most popular streaming applications since huge improvements were made to its interface and usability in 2016. Now, it not only contends with top streaming options like Netflix and Amazon Prime, but its huge video collection outshines most competitors.

When you consider that Popcorn Time is free, has more options than any single subscription-based application, and is available on most devices, it’s no wonder more and more people are opting to switch from their current multitude of VOD services.

We know that Popcorn Time is available across many platforms, but today we’re going to discuss its use on Roku.

About Popcorn Time on Roku

Using Popcorn Time on a Roku device is one of the simpler, and yet somehow more in-depth, options. It can become a little confusing when you try to learn how to use Popcorn Time on Roku, but that’s only because the application can be used in many different ways to circumvent different obstacles you might encounter while trying to install the app.

This is actually a good thing because having different options for installation means there’s a higher chance that you’ll be able to find an installation choice that works for you. Let’s take a look at a few of the main download and installation methods.

Popcorn Time through Plex

Since there’s no Roku-specific app for Popcorn Time, we have to find another way to get the app on our Roku device. One option is to download the Popcorn Time channel through Plex, which is an available app on Roku.

How to download – the Plex method

  • Download the Plex Media app on your computer, then open the application.How to download Popcorn Time on Roku - Plex method
  • Locate the Popcorn Time channel on Plex and install it following the application’s directions.
  • Download Plex on your Roku device.

How to install Popcorn Time on Roku –the Plex method

  • Use Plex with Popcorn Time to stream from your PC to your television using the Roku device.
  • No additional installation is necessary with this method.

Popcorn Time through Screen Casting

Screen Casting is another simple way to use Popcorn Time with Roku. This means the download and installation guides will be specific to your operating system.

How to download Popcorn Time on Roku – the Mac method

  • Locate the download link for your operating system.How to download Popcorn Time on Roku - Mac method
  • Select Download.
  • Open your downloaded file and follow the on-screen prompts for installation.Popcorn Time installer - introductionPopcorn Time installer - installation type
  • Note – you may be prompted to change your security settings to allow the download of a third-party app. This can be done through the System Preferences menu.System Preferences

How to download Popcorn Time on Roku – the PC method

  • Locate the download link for your operating system.How to download Popcorn Time on Roku – the PC method
  • Select Download
  • Open the downloaded file and follow the on-screen prompts to install the application.Popcorn Time destination locationPopcorn time setup wizard - final stepPopcorn Time additional tasks for installation


Before you begin streaming to your Roku device, you’ll want to pop into the settings of your Popcorn Time application.

Popcorn Time settings menu

In this menu you can adjust your language, subtitle, cache, and VPN alert options. This can be useful for improving your overall user satisfaction, as well as maintaining your security while using Popcorn Time.

Popcorn Time settings

How to Stream Popcorn Time to Roku

Now that you have Popcorn Time downloaded to your computer, you can use that system to cast your screen to your Roku device.

Casting to Roku using PC

  • Power up your television and Roku
  • Turn on your PC and press the “Windows Key + P.” This show your display switcher.
  • Select Roku.
  • Accept the casting prompt on your television and enjoy using Popcorn Time on your Roku device.

Casting to Roku using Mac

  • Download the application Mirror for Roku from the iTunes store.

Mirror for Roku

  • Once downloaded, make sure your Mac and Roku are on the same router channel. Now you can mirror your Popcorn Time directly to your Roku Device!
  • Note – this is not a free application. If you want to keep your Popcorn time for Roku experience totally free, we suggest using the Plex method mentioned above.

Importance of VPN for Popcorn Time

Popcorn Time, like any BitTorrent extension, must be used with caution. Though legal, these applications can allow users to download content illegally. It’s a grey area that a user could stumble into by accident. And though the trip into illegal content may be accidental and seemingly innocent, the punishment is harsh. Pirating copyrighted works can result in a federal charge with large fines and even time spent in prison.

This is why you should always use a VPN when using any sort of torrent application. Not only will a VPN protect you from identity thieves, hackers, and other cyber-criminals. A VPN can safeguard you from other judging eyes while online.

VPNs provide you with true digital anonymity and transform your online experience into a private vacation of internet freedom.

We’ve compiled a list of Best VPNs for Popcorn Time and all you need to do now is to choose your VPN provider.

So, now that you know how to use Popcorn Time responsibly, and with proper protection, you are all set to enjoy your new, free video-on-demand application. Enjoy!