Install FreeTube – YouTube Player App on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

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Install YouTube Player app called FreeTube on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa to watch ad-free videos and prevent Google from tracking you with their cookies and JavaScript.

To maintain user privacy when watching videos on YouTube, 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 extraction APIs to choose from (Integrated or Invidious) in addition to the possibility of subscribing to channels without an account; Export and import subscriptions; Open videos from your browser directly in FreeTube (with extension); Full theme support and more are here…

Steps to Install FreeTube on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

The steps given here will be the same for other Ubuntu or Debian based Linux operating systems 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 available packages to install.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

2. Download FreeTube Ubuntu Package

Although FreeTube is an open-source application, not included in Ubuntu system repository to be installed using APT package manager. Therefore, visit the official website and download the FreeTube Debian package.

3. Install FreeTube on Ubuntu 20.04

Once FreeTube’s Debian binary is on your system, the next step is to install it using the APT package manager. To do this, first go to your downloads directory, because everything we download goes there.

cd Downloads

Then run:

sudo apt install ./freetube_*_amd64.deb

4. Run your Youtube Player app

That’s it, we have successfully installed the open source YouTube application on our Ubuntu 20.04 system. Now, to run it, go to the app launcher and search for FreeTube. Alternatively, users can type freetube on their terminal to launch the application.

Launch FreeTube

Click on its icon when appears on your screen, to run the application.

Open Source YouTube Player for Linux FreeTube open-source app

5. Uninstall or remove

Well, this Youtube player is still in beta stage as of writing this tutorial, if you are having any bugs or just don’t like the app and want to remove FreeTube from your Ubuntu 20.04, here is the command to do it.

sudo apt remove freetube

The app offers an interactive interface with the ability to manage playlists, subscriptions, watch top trends, and more.

Under Settings, users can change theme, download folder path, API, player settings, external player settings, etc.

FreeTube Settings

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