PeerTube version 2 includes improved search, stats, instance follow back, and more

Written 7 months ago by IanDorfman

PeerTube, the decentralized video hosting network based on free and open source software, is now celebrating its 2.0 release.

PeerTube touts itself as a more secure, decentralized, and federated alternative to the near monopoly on video streaming that Small YouTube iconYouTube has. In a blog post by its development team, version 2 aims to make it easier for those that administrate self-hosted PeerTube instances to federate with other self-hosted instances. This includes allowing for instances that follow you to be followed back automatically. Instances can also more easily follow other instances listed on the public "JoinPeerTube" register that PeerTube developer Framasoft maintains.

Some other major features of Small PeerTube iconPeerTube version 2 include statistics in an instance's about page, a new ‘Most liked videos’ page, the ability to autoplay a next recommended video, and better search functionality. Alongside these renovations, a major overhaul of the video player built into PeerTube based on HLS technology has also been implemented. In exchange for slightly more stringent requirements on the platform a PeerTube instance is hosted on (such as requiring Small FFmpeg iconFFmpeg 4.1), the new HLS-based player is faster and more fluid with fewer bugs.

For those interested in either watching videos on PeerTube instances or hosting a PeerTube instance yourself, Framasoft has set up JoinPeertube.org. The timing on this 2.0 release is quite convenient for those looking into Small YouTube iconYouTube alternatives following the video platform's statement that it is under no obligation to host anyone's video content alongside announcing controversial changes to its terms of use, especially regarding access to the service by minors.

Further coverage:
Framasoft blog post
GitHub changelog