I like the UI of Popcorn Time a lot.

I'm looking for a program with a similar UI, but which uses local files instead of torrents (scans directories for files, gets information about them from the internet and displays them in a Popcorn Time-ish UI).
It has to support Mac OS X.

Does anyone know which program can do this?

PS: The kind of UI I am looking for: UI

  • Just to be clear, you have movies and/or tv-shows stored locally, which you want to display like Popcorn Time does?
    – nidunc
    Apr 27, 2014 at 14:30
  • Yes, that's it nidunc !
    – maxime
    Apr 27, 2014 at 15:00

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I'd advise XBMC.

It scans local files (movies, episodes or music), 'scrapes' them for information (gets information about them from various websites), and displays them in a nice interface.

Examples of its default look:
Home screen
Home Screen

TV-Shows view
TV-Shows view

There are multiple layouts to choose from, if the default doesn't satisfy you.
And if you want to give it a completely new look, there are a lot of skins that you can install to make it look more to your liking.
But that isn't all...

There are hundreds of apps and extensions to further customize XBMC. Think of a Youtube app, an app to watch live TV via internet, a µtorrent remote...

At the moment the website is temporarily down, but you can still download from here: http://mirrors.xbmc.org/releases/ (I'd advise downloading the latest version, xbmc-13.0-Gotham_rc1-x86_64.dmg - go to "osx" --> "x86_64")

The website is up, and a stable 13.0 has been released.

However, some bugs were detected afterwards, so there's also a 13.1-RC1 now.

It supports Mac OS X, Windows and Linux

Lastly, you can use it in windowed mode and fullscreen mode - use \ to switch between the two. (on Windows, I don't know about Mac...)

  • btw, if you're thinking "That doesn't look like Popcorn Time", you're right. But I still suggest XBMC because there are a lot of skins for it, and some of them may look like Popcorn Time - or even better!
    – nidunc
    Apr 27, 2014 at 15:10
  • Thanks nidunc ! To be honnest, this is the first software I tried, but it is quite heavy and it does not supports windowed mode correctly... But I will look further for some mods ;)
    – maxime
    Apr 27, 2014 at 16:39
  • Yeah, it is quite big. Although I do think they've optimized things a bit in the newest release (13.0 Gotham). The issue with windowed mode could be because of the way Mac OS X is built - on Windows it works fine
    – nidunc
    Apr 27, 2014 at 16:42
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    And there's also 13.1 now - LET'S FIX SOME BUGS
    – nidunc
    May 30, 2014 at 11:31

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