Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Watching Apple's Keynote Videos in Linux

Essentially, you’d have to dig through Apple site’s HTML/JavaScript and find the video URL for Windows.  And then pass that URL to a stand-alone media player like VLC.

Apparently Chrome for Linux has a QuickTime plugin!  (Or it’s bundled with Ubuntu; I am not sure.)  Watch Sep 2012 event (iPhone 5 launch) is available at goo.gl/Nn77F.

Watch Mar 7, 2012 iPad event video using this command:
vlc 'http://stream.qtv.apple.com/events/mar/123pibhargjknawdconwecown/12oihbqeorvfhbpiubqnfv3_650_ref.mov'

Watch Oct 4, 2011 iPhone event video using this command:
vlc 'http://stream.qtv.apple.com/events/oct/11piuhbvdlbkvoih10/11mnbzxcbnkhbvshdfeuygxvst10_350_ref.mov'
If you have a Linux computer, you cannot watch Apple’s WWDC 2011 keynote video from Apple’s web site.  Because the site picks a video URL based on what your browser/OS is, but it fails miserably if you don’t run an Apple OS or Windows.  So, if you want to see the video, open http://stream.qtv.apple.com/events/jun/11piubpwiqubf06/11piunpaiubsdvadibvas06_350_ref.mov on VLC Media Player and you’ll be good.


  1. Nope!

    [0x7f9c48006728] access_http access error: error: HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found
    [0x7f9c48006728] access_http access error: error: HTTP/1.0 404 Not Found
    [0x7f9c48006728] access_mms access error: error: HTTP/1.0 404 Not Found
    [0x7f9c4c000b78] main input error: open of `http://stream.qtv.apple.com/events/jun/12oibwefsvihbsdfvpihbsd6_audio_ref.mov' failed

    1. These are all old links; they're outdated, sorry.