Showbox is Dead | All you Need to Know

ShowBox is Dead for good, the developers have stopped the support of the App.

Showbox is by far the most popular online streaming app thanks to its smooth UI and easy navigation. Showbox is the most talked online streaming App having many features offering to the user without any cost. But lately, the app is shutdown.

It is the best alternative to subscription-based video streaming services like Netflix where it offers audio-visual content for free. The Showbox HD indexes various torrent clients and sites to stream the movies and other content for absolutely free. The App offers large content of movies and TV shows without any account and annoying Ads.

ShowBox is Shutdown

Its true, ShowBox is Shutting for Good. The App which served millions of users worldwide is closing its doors. It looks like the production houses forced the Showbox developers and promoters to discontinue the support for the App. According to TorrentFreak, the production company requested Cloudflare to reveal the identities of the operators behind, Showbox. software,,,,,, and They also filed lawsuits against the websites which particularly promoted the App. This led to the sudden disappearance of the App from many popular ShowBox promoting websites.

Many websites are giving a warning message;

“Show Box is not a legitimate software application for watching copyright protected movies. The movie studios will be able to see your IP address and your COMPLETE viewing history! You will very likely be sued for copyright infringement. Those websites that promote and/or distribute Show Box will also be pursued by the movie studios no matter what extent you go through to hide your identity”

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But we know the internet is a big place which cannot be controlled. And the App for sure will boomerang back with different names and logos, again serving millions of users.

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Legal and Free ShowBox Alternative

This is the 2nd most asked question, there are a number of Apps that work like the SBox App. Going by some legal entities Pluto TV, Snagfilms, Viewsteretc are similar to Showbox but unlike Box, it is completely legitimate. Though the App may not have a comparable video library, it offers content for free (albeit Ads). The Pluto TV offers interface in “Netflix Fashion”. You may not find all the wealth of ShowBox on Pluto but it is simple, legal, and free.

Other similar apps and sites like Crackle and Tubi TV, also work in a similar fashion by offering content for free. Though the programs maybe not comparable with the gigantic collection in ShowBox,  you can be safe from any rogue, malware or security risks.

Is ShowBox Legal? Should I Download it?

Many unauthorized streaming services like Pheonix for Kodi and PopcornFlix were shut down due to lawsuits (though they later returned with a different name). The ShowBox is no different but as I said it does not host any content on its own, this is where it works a little differently making it less vulnerable for the lawsuits.

The App is in a “non-clear” legal area and could be affected at any time. The App has some legal content too, but much of the programming is labeled as copyright infringement. Basically, the App provides copyrighted material without any authorization, thus violating the laws.

Will it Cause me Any Trouble?

Streaming illegal content is, of course, a punishable offense. But rules vary from country to country, some states have a very stern legislations while some may have nominal laws. Generally, the government attacks the publishers of the App in an attempt to pull out the root cause.

Conclusion: ShowBox is Shut, You can try any other alternative for the App.

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Nikhil Azza
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22 Responses

  1. Filesponge says:

    Awwww 🙁 I’m sad to see it go. Although as everybody knew, you could use it to access films illegally, I used it for finding things that seem impossible to find around any longer.

    First point is (1) if showbox is seen as illegal due to it allowing access to copyright material that simply finds its way on to it, then that makes google chrome and firefox illegal in exactly the same way – they allow you to search for and install/download just about ‘anything’ you want ha ha. Saying “That’s up to the person typing the weblink in” is the same logic as showbox having a search box that lets you seek out a film that’s just been released – If showbox shouldn’t let you search that way, then neither should an Internet browser! 🙂

    But anyway, since films started soooo many years ago, there’s been a constant supply, possibly dozens a day from around the world. But the way it’s all been set up doesn’t work – you had a better chance finding an obscure good film to watch back in the days of VHS tapes all crowded onto shelves in dark little rental shops.
    Blockbuster video saw to the death of that idea – and then folded themselves due to such a pitiful selection and horrifyingly dopey business approach!

    But try finding these 2 films for example, Rollercoaster (1977) and The Black Hole (1979 I think). While the technology has moved on, so should the methods of supplying films. Cinemas show popular films (that THEY choose as popular LoL) for a few days and then move on, so where do all the other dozens of films created each day go to ?

    I don’t the answer to make things work better, but I do know the world misses out on a huge amount of well created entertainment that they may never ever hear of. And as an avid film watcher, I feel that’s just sad effort by the actors & production staff.

    • Nikhil says:

      Thanks for your Thoughts.

    • Brandy L Anglin says:

      Very well said & I agree about the movie selection, 1 day on Xfinity it’s free, couple hrs later it costs to watch. I loved being able to watch Goonies with my kids, David Bowie’s Labyrinth, man, so many good ones gone, unless u pay out of your ears. Netflix dont always work & I pay $12.99 a month & it hasn’t worked. Smh. Again, very well said,

      Ps: Not every hard working family has $10+ a ticket per person plus snacks at Big Cinema places all over. They want their hard working fans back, stop paying the actors so damn much, lower movie prices for a whole family to go again & I bet sales will go back up. Smh… Rant over…

    • Linda says:

      Showbox I loved you😥. Agreed FileSponge, independent under the radar movies are the best. Most of the ‘popular’ movies are just testosterone filled propaganda bs from Hollywood

    • Briggs says:


    • Joseline Mayville says:

      This sucks. I need shoebox bacK

      • marilyn tristram says:

        Still my favourite app. Loved it and want it back

  2. ToneMane says:


  3. KingPirate says:

    its not permanently shutdown, showbox came back after two weeks. nothing can shutdown piracy, everything comes back online after a few weeks

  4. Andrew says:

    I still have show box and it’s working for the most part some of the tv shows wont work but most do

    • SBlover101 says:

      how? my SB is just blank, not even my favs show up anymore

  5. L'Ren says:

    Thank you for sharing what appears to be very informative.
    RIP ShowBox

  6. Mia says:

    My showbox has been down for a month now . And even before it shut down, it wasnt even showing there was new episodes on my favorites page. I havent uninstalled it yet. I also dont know how to use a VPN. Any help with that would be appreciated. Please bring SB back!! Best thing ever invented to stream movies!!

  7. Dr Smith says:

    That’s an absolute lie it’s run solely on ads! You all are savages! Get a life! Allow the general public, u know us poor people, have access to the movies and TV shows we want! This is quite terrible! Hope u all enjoy what you’ve done!

  8. Poor Disabled says:

    I live in a very low income home. I cat work due to chronic illness. Sadly I am unable to have much of a life due to the combo of the 2, but Showbox at least gave me my shows to watch. Even basic channels have a fee to watch them now without cable. I don’t believe they are hurting so much that even basic has a price. Ads have always paid for networks before. The greed everywhere is just sad. And trust me, people watching newer movies with subtitles or bad sound can’t afford the 10 plus per ticket cost, so they aren’t buying tickets anyway. When I am able to go to a full movie experience, it’s a 5 early show as a treat. Done that way with or without SB. Get over the greed people. No one on the other side really knows what money struggles are. It’s not people that use SB making ticket prices higher, it’s the ones who make in a few month of filming what most of us won’t see in a life time.

  9. Neil says:

    There are NO paid streaming services that offer what showbox did, even netflix is area sensitive as to what content you are offered.
    Sad that with the international following setbox has it could not provide a paid service that would allow real competition in the world wide market place. With the service showbox offered I’d pay them netflix fees.

  10. Ant says:

    Moviebox pro is as good (I think even better) than showbox. Similar content, looks more like Netflix and easy to navigate.

  11. elaine chick says:

    what will I do now. watched all my Tele on showbox even in hospital.

  12. Biteme says:

    I’m still not paying for cable, Netflix, or any of that other shit so fuck y’all. They have other free apps so jokes on y’all

  13. Theguyintheknow says:

    The ISP who spy on you shut down show box.
    As many people who stream a lot of data, the ISP buy bandwidth, and the IP addresses were logged.
    Thus pointing to where. The DNS (names) were taken down and then ports were blocked which the apps and players used, thus ensuring the end. Hence why install with a VPN was set out and hardly many bothered.

    Is that a joint effort to shut down and control the ‘public’ who think they’re free and have freedoms big bother is watching you and controlling, even when you don’t notice or think they are…

    The app development should have had keys and VPN and lb servers dotted about to run through. But popular and illegal draws many people and then draws attention.

    I like the we have no money and my health… Lol your on a computer and have a internet connection. You probably have a mobile phone too…. So that costs money.

    There are many video services, legal ones, there not a lot of money and some have ads to pay for some content or there is subscription.

    You can steal from people or businesses, that’s easy, but do you really want to be that much of a tramp?
    I support paid apps, and people should wait for the content to arrive. I used show box as it gave me content on my paid device/service in a small app.

  14. Celia Marshall says:

    Miss my show box. Well pisssed off good films

  15. Sky says:

    You have a pointless point……..yes the world is being spied upon…but what is illegal anyway……other site you can stream movies and shows…….showbox just made it easier being in any part of the world and still stream anything… because someone has a phone or a computer does that mean they have the affordability…

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