Youtube on Your desktop – No browser or Flash needed

This is a wicked app from


There’s life outside the browser!

Minitube is a native YouTube client. With it you can watch YouTube videos in a new way: you type a keyword, Minitube gives you an endless video stream. Minitube does not require the Flash Player.

Minitube is not about cloning the original YouTube web interface, it aims to create a new TV-like experience.


Current version is 0.9, released on January 23, 2010. Here are the main changes since version 0.8:

  • Ability to clear recent keywords (by popular demand!)
  • Enhanced fullscreen mode with toolbar and playlist (Linux only)
  • Fixed buggy toolbar search box (Thanks to Salvatore Benedetto)
  • Fixed long queries in the recent keywords list (Thanks to Vadim P.)
  • Fixed time formatting bug with videos longer than an hour (Thanks to Rene Bogusch)
  • Norwegian translation by Jan W. Skjoldal

Full version history

Choose your platform:

  • Linux – 32bit binaries. You need Qt version >= 4.5 and the Phonon libraries. Ubuntu users can get their package from GetDeb or from Christian Mangold’s PPA. Gentoo has an official ebuild ready to be emerged. Also Slackware has an official build. ArchLinux users have their package too. OpenSUSE has user contributed RPMs. The GStreamer Phonon backend is recommended. Minitube strives to integrate well with both GNOME and KDE.
  • Mac OS X – Universal binary. You need at least OS X version 10.4 (Tiger) and QuickTime version 7.0.
  • Windows – A few people tried to build Minitube on Windows but the results were not releaseable. This is mainly due to the weakness/instability of Phonon on Windows. Let’s wait for Qt 4.6.
  • Source code. You’re free to build Minitube by yourself, modify it and redistribute it according to the GNU General Public License.

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