Enjoying YouTube without YouTube means you can watch and download all videos from it everywhere by alternative ways so that you don’t run nonfree software or surrender your privacy. There are good news I want to share with you as there are already Invidious
for computer users while NewPipe
for phone users. They are all free libre open source software developed by community you can trust. I am happy with these solution so I want you to share my happiness as well. Enjoy!
FreeTube – a desktop app to enjoy youtube comfortably
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For Ubuntu Computer
FreeTube: finally, it is a decent desktop client everyone can use. It is like Invidious, and even more like YouTube app on Android, but you can run it as an app on computer to watch and download videos. Download it as AppImage and run it on Ubuntu. FreeTube is a serious software project that available for three major operating systems GNU/Linux, Windows, and macOS. When I encounter FreeTube once again, I felt it is very similar to NewPipe on Android. It is still in beta version but it works already you can try.
(FreeTube app runs on my Kubuntu laptop as portable application with several popular channels subscribed and cool videos displayed)
For Android Phone
As many Ubuntu users have Android phone as well, here is a bonus for you all. I always recommend install apps from F-Droid instead of Play Store for it is better software center, completely free and secure, for Android.
NewPipe: I think it is cool. It is the mobile YouTube player that is very convenient. It features search, watch, download, pause / resume, audio-only, quality options, subscribe, playlist, customizations, and many more. You will find it even better than the flagship proprietary YouTube app. Download it from F-Droid.
(NewPipe: from left to right: searching for videos – displaying a video – playing it)
Let’s continue to watch YouTube videos conveniently. I wish Invidious and CloudTube projects continue well. I wish this article introduces NewPipe well to the vast Android users too. Last but not least, I wish PeerTube will be mature enough soon so we will experience even more convenient video platform. For those who interested, feel free to read our previous articles regarding these:
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