Butter Project
Written inHTML, JavaScript, CSS
Operating systemLinux, OS X, Windows, and Android
Available in44 languages
LicenseGNU Affero General Public License[1]

Butter Project or simply Butter is a suite of open-source desktop and mobile applications that allow video-streaming over the BitTorrent protocol.[2] The project was first made public on 23 October 2015.[3] The aim is to create a completely legal base which other applications can use to provide streaming functionality.[3]

Butter Project was created as a split from Popcorn Time when the latter met legal difficulties — with Butter Project aiming to retain development of only expressly legal and permissible portions of the code-base, relating to video-streaming. The developers have asserted Butter Project will not use any of the popcorntime.io infrastructure.[4] Butter Project is not aimed at allowing copyright infringement, but aims to build the groundworks for streaming video over BitTorrent.[5] By having a legal portion which remains on GitHub the creators hope they can get more developers involved.[5]

By default Butter can play content from VODO which carries free videos, but will also be configurable to allow for custom sources of video.[6]


  1. ^ "butter-desktop/LICENSE at devel · butterproject/butter-desktop". GitHub. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Popcorn Time Shutdown Was The Result Of Outsiders, Site Suffered DNS Attacks And Tempering; Developers Launch Project Butter". Yibada. 25 October 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Video Streaming Service Popcorn Time Has Shut Down In Lieu Of Project Butter". The Inquisitr News. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  4. ^ Mic (26 October 2015). "Butter Project Streaming Service and the Latest On Popcorn Time Shutdown". Mic. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  5. ^ a b Williams, Owen (23 October 2015). "Popcorn Time creators back away from copyrighted content with 'Project Butter'". The Next Web. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Makers of Popcorn Time launch Butter Project - gHacks Tech News". gHacks Technology News. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2016.