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FreeTube version 0.8 beta showcases from-scratch rewrite and brand new design

almost 2 years ago by IanDorfman

The privacy focused and open source YouTube app FreeTube has been rewritten from scratch to provide a new and enhanced experience, including a built-in extractor API to serve videos.

In a blog post announcing the release of version 0.8.0's beta, the FreeTube development team detailed a new code base that's been designed with long term maintainability and updates in mind. Alongside the completely rebuilt back end, the user interface has also been completely rewritten to be more in line with YouTube's modern layout.

The application programming interface that FreeTube has used, Invidious, will no longer be necessary, as it now features a built-in API. This means that FreeTube instances will no longer need an Invidious server in order to run. If you still want to use Invidious, however, you can change your API preference using FreeTube's settings page, which also includes a fallback option in order to ensure continuous functionality when either API fails.

Other features, such as live chat support, localization in over 20 languages, and full theme support. The release can be downloaded off of the official website, though existing subscriptions will not be carried over, so make sure to back them up before upgrading to 0.8.0.

Further coverage: FreeTube official blog

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FreeTube is an open source desktop YouTube player built with privacy in mind. Use YouTube without advertisments and prevent Google tracking from you with their cookies and JavaScript. Available for Windows, Mac & Linux thanks to Electron.