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Watching Live-TV On Your Ubuntu Desktop With Zattoo

Zattoo delivers free Live-TV (P2P IPTV) to Linux, Windows, and Mac desktops. Depending on the country you live in you can select between multiple real TV stations to watch (if Zattoo is available in your country). This article shows how you can install the Zattoo player on an Ubuntu desktop.

This document comes without warranty of any kind! I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Preliminary Note

I have tested this on an Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (7.04) desktop, but it should work on other versions/flavours of Ubuntu as well.

Before you can download the Zattoo player, you must register on the Zattoo web site. It’s possible that Zattoo isn’t available yet in your country – the Zattoo web site will tell you if this is the case. Here in Germany Zattoo has gone live for everybody today (September 13, 2007).


2 Flash Player

Zattoo requires that the Adobe Flash Player is installed on your Ubuntu desktop. If it isn’t already installed, please follow the instructions from either this tutorial:

or this one (using Automatix):


3 Installing Zattoo

Please make sure that you’ve registered before. Then go to and click on the Download Zattoo button:


Click on Login


… and type in your email address (Zattoo username) and password:


On the download page, scroll down to the bottom and click on the Download Linux Player link:


On the next page, click on the Download Linux Player (.deb) link:


Select Open with GDebi Package Installer (default) in Firefox:


After the Package Installer has started, click on the Install Package button:


The Zattoo player has a few prerequisites that are now being downloaded and installed:


Afterwards, Zattoo is being installed:


Afterwards, you can leave the Package Installer:


4 Using Zattoo

You can now start Zattoo here: Applications > Sound & Video > Zattoo Player:


If you’re using Zattoo for the first time, you must accept its license:


It’s possible that you get an error message saying that the Adobe Flash plugin is not installed, even if it is (I’ve tried this on two different Ubuntu installations, both with the newest Flash Player (9.0.48) installed, and got this error message on both systems – maybe Zattoo’s Flash detection isn’t working properly?). Click on OK to make it go away:


Afterwards, you have to log in with your email address (Zattoo username) and password:


That’s it. Now you can select from the available channels and watch Live-TV:



You can even watch in full-screen mode (press ESC to leave the full-screen mode):


  • Zattoo:
  • Adobe Flash Player:
  • Ubuntu: