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
    Commented May 28, 2014 at 9:54
  • @Rob ~/Library contains hundreds of files and folders—can you be any more specific?
    – grg
    Commented May 28, 2014 at 10:18

5 Answers 5


With Popcorn Time for MacOS, version, the videos are stored in ~/Downloads/PopcornTime by default.

In Settings -> Download, there is an option to choose your own place for it. Next to it is a blue link to "Open folder", which brings up a Finder window.

  • 2
    The new syntax is open $TMPDIR/Butter
    – Kelseydh
    Commented May 22, 2016 at 11:11
  • currently it is open $TMPDIR/Popcorn-Time-CE-cache/
    – raju
    Commented Dec 10, 2016 at 22:34
  • Try ~/Downloads/PopcornTime/ ?
    – Fiach Reid
    Commented May 31, 2021 at 16:26

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
    – mmmmmm
    Commented May 18, 2016 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
    Commented May 22, 2016 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.

  • 2
    this is not the anser to the question, this is a gnu util explained but does not tell the OP where to look. Commented Aug 13, 2014 at 20:40

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