To keep the privacy of users while watching the videos on YoutTube, there is a project on GitHub called FreeTube. It is an open-source desktop YouTube player developed in Electron for Linux, macOS, and Windows.
The interface of this open-source YouTube player is user-friendly and offers Two extractor APIs to choose from (Built-in or Invidious) apart from it the option to Subscribe to channels without an account; Export & import subscriptions; Open videos from your browser directly into FreeTube (with extension); Full Theme support and more are there…
Steps to install FreeTube on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
The steps given here will be the same for other Linux OS based on Ubuntu or Debian such as Linux Mint, MX Linux, POP!_ OS, and more…
1. Perform Ubuntu 20.04 Update
Go through the given command to update your system to its latest version. This will also refresh the APT package manager cache, which is necessary for our system to recognize the latest packages available to install.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
2. Download the FreeTube Ubuntu package
Although FreeTube is an open-source application, not included in the system repository of Ubuntu to install using the APT package manager. Therefore, visit the official website and download the FreeTube Debian package.
3. Install FreeTube on Ubuntu 20.04
Once the Debian binary of FreeTube is on your system, the next step is to install it using the APT package manager. For that first switch to your Downloads directory because whatever we download goes into that.
sudo apt install ./freetube_*_amd64.deb
4. Run your Youtube Player app
That’s it, we have successfully installed the open-source YouTube app on our Ubuntu 20.04 system. Now, to run it, go to Application launcher and there search for FreeTube. Alternatively, users can type
freetube on their terminal to launch the app.
Click its icon when appears on your screen, to run the application.
5. Uninstall or remove
Well, this Youtube player is still in the beta stage while writing this tutorial, if you are facing any bugs or simply don’t like the application and want to remove FreeTube from your Ubuntu 20.04 then here is the command to do that.
sudo apt remove freetube
The application offers an interactive interface with the option to manage playlists, subscriptions, watch Top trends, and more.
Under Settings, users can change the Theme, download folder path, API, Player Settings, External Player settings, and more…