I want to find the location of temporary files created by popcorn time so that I can stream via the chromecast player to my TV. I can find that on Windows but don't know where is it located on Mac.

  • Did you check ~/Library already? – Rob May 28 '14 at 9:54
  • @Rob ~/Library contains hundreds of files and folders—can you be any more specific? – grg May 28 '14 at 10:18

I found the answer here.

Open Terminal.app and enter the following command:

open $TMPDIR/Popcorn-Time

This will open the Popcorn-Time storage directory, and from there you can copy the file away to where you want it.



open $TMPDIR/Butter


Changed again,

open $TMPDIR/Popcorn\ Time
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    The new syntax is open $TMPDIR/Butter – Kelseydh May 22 '16 at 11:11
  • currently it is open $TMPDIR/Popcorn-Time-CE-cache/ – raju Dec 10 '16 at 22:34

In the Popcorn Time program, click the settings Cog in the top right corner to open the settings page. At the top of the SETTINGS page, checkmark SHOW ADVANCED SETTINGS. Scroll down to CACHE DIRECTORY settings. The default setting is to clear the cache folder when you close the program. Uncheck this option so that the movies you watch will stay in the temporary folder. You can click the folder icon next to the cache filename path to open the Temporary PopcornTime folder in Finder.


Looks like in the latest version installed today (10/8/14, not sure how to tell version from app) there is a "PopcornTime" folder in your "Downloads" folder.


Folder name changed, use:

open $TMPDIR/Butter

  • That should be an edit to apple.stackexchange.com/a/132301/237 quoting documentation of the change – user151019 May 18 '16 at 7:19
  • Not sure why people are downvoting you. Until the old answer has an edit that's accepted this is the new correct answer. – Kelseydh May 22 '16 at 11:13

Start a Terminal and use

find / -name filename.abc

find is a unix command with a large set of options but basically it is find [path...] [expression]. If you search the whole filesystem / you will get permission errors, use

sudo find / -name filename.abc

to avoid this. Here is its manpage.

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    this is not the anser to the question, this is a gnu util explained but does not tell the OP where to look. – CousinCocaine Aug 13 '14 at 20:40

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