Linux-64 Electron app to access Channel4 (UK) on demand service.
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A Linux Electron App to access the UK(Only) Channel 4 website. Channel 4 provide players for every other platform Win/Mac/Xbox/Android/IOS

Provides Live streams for:

  • Channel 4
  • E4
  • More 4
  • Film 4
  • 4 Seven
  • 4 Music

And access to catch-up services and channel 4 series boxsets.


  • Tray Icon with minimise to tray and application menu provided
  • Context menu, with cut, copy, paste:
  • The player can be undocked from the main window (Not live streams) to make a seperate mini player. Menu selections from here close the player and open the selection in the main window

Uses from chromeOS, taken from This enables Linux to run flash DRM content (dirty hack, but the only way at the moment)

This is my first ever attempt at developing a full application (Small shell & python scripts excluded)

How to install

  • .Appimage, download the and set as executable, and run.
  • .DEB, Download and install with software center, GDebi or by opening a terminal and typing: 'sudo dpkg -i four_1.0.0_amd64.deb'
  • .Zip, Unzip the file and run the four binary

Keyboard shortcuts

Description Keys
Login to My4 Ctrl L
Channel 4 Live Ctrl 1
E4 Live Ctrl 2
More 4 Live Ctrl 3
Film 4 Live Ctrl 4
4 Seven Live Ctrl 5
4 Music Live Ctrl 6
Channel 4 News Ctrl 7
On Demand Service Ctrl D
Box Sets Ctrl B
TV Guide Ctrl G
Fullscreen (Not Player) Ctrl F
Quit Application Ctrl Q

Known Bugs

  • On clicking play a notice sometimes appears about ad blockers, a 10 second countdown begins and then you have to click play again.
  • On clicking flash fullscreen the player opens in it's own maximized window with a blank title bar. 4 Music live is the exception as it is served from another provider.
  • When the Application start the channel4 homepage has a gap between the window menu and the webpage menu due to a full background advert which doesn't display,dissapears when switching pages.
  • Flash player cannot be resized.


  • Check internet connectivity.
  • Media Player Controls / accessability
  • Mpris Intergration.
  • Player Window resizing, title bar removal and fullscreen key control.
  • Package Snap


Four is a third party application and is not affiliated with or in control of content it provides. All content is copyright of Channel 4 Television Corporation