In this guide, I’ll take you through How to Install and use FreeTube on Linux / macOS. FreeTube is an open source Desktop YouTube application that’s focused on privacy. FreeTube allows you to Watch your favorite YouTube videos without any normal ads you’ll get on browser applications like Firefox, Opera e.t.c.
How Does It Work?
Features of FreeTube
- Freedom to watch videos without any annoying ads
- You can subscribe to channels without an account
- The power to store subscriptions, history, and saved videos locally
- It can Import and Backup subscriptions
- Mini Player based on HTML5
- Light / Dark Theme to choose from
Install and use FreeTube on Linux / macOS
The first step is to download FreeTube on your Linux, MacOS or Windows machine and install it. Head to the FreeTube releases page. As of this writing, the latest release is 0.16.0 beta.
RPM systems (RHEL based)
For CentOS / Fedora, download the .rpm package and install it with the command:
sudo yum -y install wget export VER="0.16.0" wget https://github.com/FreeTubeApp/FreeTube/releases/download/v$VER-beta/freetube_$VER_amd64.rpm sudo yum localinstall FreeTube-$VER.x86_64.rpm
Ubuntu / Debian
For Debian/Ubuntu systems, download .deb package and install it using dpkg Debian package management tool.
sudo apt-get install -y wget export VER="0.16.0" wget https://github.com/FreeTubeApp/FreeTube/releases/download/v$VER-beta/FreeTube_$VER_amd64.deb sudo apt install -f ./FreeTube_$VER_amd64.deb
If your systems run ARM processor architecture, the download it instead of amd64.
For macOS, download the package with name Darwin in it. Extract it and copy the content:
cd ~/Downloads export VER="0.16.0" wget https://github.com/FreeTubeApp/FreeTube/releases/download/v$VER-beta/FreeTube-$VER-mac.dmg open FreeTube-$VER-mac.dmg
Launch the application from your App search application on Mac / Linux or Windows.
You should get a window similar to below on launching it up.
Explore all the functions like subscriptions, save, search e.t.c.