Colin Harrington

Hulu Desktop for Linux! 32 & 64bit versions for Ubuntu & Fedora

by on Oct.08, 2009, under General, Linux, Streaming, Ubuntu, Video

Hulu Desktop (currently Beta) is now available on Linux!  A friend tipped me off to an article on TechCrunch about it. 

Wohoo Hulu Desktop on Linux

Downloading it and setting it up was pretty easy.  I went to Hulu Desktop and selected download for linux.  From there It gave me choices for Fedora and Ubuntu (both 32 & 64bit versions!)  Since I run Ubuntu I downloaded and installed the deb – easy enough.

When you first launch it it asks you to accept the EULA.


The first time I launched Hulu Desktop I got an error, that "Hulu Desktop could not locate the Flash plugin.  If you do not have it installed, please modify ~/.huludesktop with the correct location of" (remember the beta sticker?)

Hulu Desktop error : Flash Plugin

I had to edit the ~/.huludesktop file to use the wrapped version of the Flash plugin /var/lib/flashplugin-installer/ and it worked like a charm!


Playback worked great, probably better than the in-browser experience.  The interface is slick, better than the web-interface and more along the lines of Boxee.  Fullscreen worked well for me.

Hulu Desktop -> Heroes menu

Props to Hulu for providing a Linux version.  The Linux desktop is a first class citizen.  Skype has a Beta version that rocks on Linux.  Google Chrome, Firefox, etc. Who is next? Adobe?  CS5?  I’d pay for Adobe CS5 on Linux.

So far its been pretty good stuff for Beta Software!  I’ll definitely be using Hulu more now. 

Here is a shot of the opening screen:

Opening Image

And another of the Menu (while watching media):

Popular menu

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11 Comments for this entry

  • james harris


    Thanks for the post. I’m new to Linux. How do I find / edit the ~./huludesktop file?



  • Colin


    If you open the terminal you can type in nano ~/.huludesktop and that will start a basic text editor(in the terminal) that will let you edit the .huludesktop file in your home directory ( ~/ ) gedit is a good graphical text editor if you’d prefer.

  • CyberCowboy

    For 64-bit Karmic use this path /usr/lib/firefox-addons/plugins/ instead

  • Paul

    Thank you CyberCowboy! Are my modifications to the file automatically saved?

    Again, thank you!

  • Scansterz

    Fellow Minnesotan…. do you find a solution for the current Hulu-Flash 64-bit situation? I am running MythDora (Fedora 12 with MythTv) and with this new update 12.23 I cannot get HulluDesktop to run… it ‘can’t find the’… with the previous version, i was able to download and install the 32-bt versions of them all and got Hulu back in both the browser and desktop app…. for some reason with 12.23 I cannot. ya, tanks you betcha now.

  • SirEbral

    Scansterz .. I just figured it out. You need to use the 64 bit version of the plugin, which can be found in your mozilla directory. (Fedora 12 64bit)


  • orlen

    Nice desktop’s background, do you know where I can download it?

  • orlen

    I found it, this is the url for the background it’s very beautyfull

  • mishma

    I LOVE heroes!

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