Open Source YouTube Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to YouTube is PeerTube, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to YouTube and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to YouTube are NewPipe (Free, Open Source), Invidious (Free, Open Source), LBRY (Free, Open Source) and DTube (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 5, 2021
    1. PeerTube is a free, decentralized and federated video platform developed as an alternative to other platforms that centralize our data and attention, such as YouTube, Dailymotion or Vimeo.
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      PeerTube vs YouTube opinions
      Almost everyone thinks PeerTube is a great alternative to YouTube.
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      swedneck Peertube is federated, which means anyone with the know-how can host their own instance of peertube where they can upload videos to, and anyone on another peertube instance can find their server/account and view their videos. For an example of a federated service already in use, look no further than Email.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

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      Out of the decentralized, open source alternatives to YouTube, this one is probably the best. It's being developed by Framasoft who consistently does amazing things
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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      They don't have much gaming videos ._.
      Top negative comment  4 months ago

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      maonusa1 Youtube is a great paltform..
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

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      Sandro_Linux Peertube gives you more control and more privacy and allows you to control your own videos if you want to or use a public instance.
      Positive comment 2 months ago

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      sedeti It doesn't have ads,it's decentralized, no idiotic copyright system and no data stealing
      Positive comment 7 months ago

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      rigelk Small is beautiful, and federated meshes communities together to form video networks ressembling their users. Moderation is done by the community, and development is led by a non-profit: Framasoft. You get control over your data, and you can join other servers if you so desire. Plenty of possibilities rarely seen elsewhere!
      Positive comment 7 months ago

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    2. NewPipe is a lightweight YouTube front-end for Android. It doesn't need the YouTube-API or any Google Play Services, as NewPipe only parses the YouTube website in order to gain the information it needs.
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      NewPipe vs YouTube opinions
      Some users think NewPipe is a great alternative to YouTube, some don't.
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      JohnFastman What could be a better alternative to watching YouTube than watching YouTube without all the nasty Google spying going on? NewPipe brings exactly that to the Android platform. I'm very happy it exists. Use this instead of Google's YouTube app to prevent Google constantly monitoring what you like to watch.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      Danilo_Venom NewPipe is an alternative to the Youtube app for Android: it supports background playing of Youtube videos in order to listen the audio only, allows to reduce mobile data usage and to download videos
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

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      This isn't an alternative, it is an interface for it.
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

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      AlternatedDimension Not an alternative but a really good YouTube client
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

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      Sandro_Linux This is a way to view youtube videos not an alternative site
      Negative comment 2 months ago

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      0DayExploit Great and Privacy focused no Google account needed
      Positive comment 2 months ago

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      isisstelling It is an alternative to the android app, which is great for people that want to keep their privacy, but need youtube.
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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    3. An alternative front-end to YouTube [The instance at invidio.us made by Omar Roth was closed in September 2020.
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      Invidious vs YouTube opinions
      Most users think Invidious is a great alternative to YouTube.
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      It has all the most important features that are in Youtube, but it's open source.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      open source, ad-free, privacy, tor
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

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      firebird fast it don't ask email in registration,just name and password
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      Just ried it a few times so the jury is still out
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Same content - ads and general slowness + one-click reddit comment section + one-click dark mode. Best alternative front-end to the same back-end service.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      No ads, light website, subscriptions and the same content as YouTube but without the trackers. Best front-end alternative.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      TerrifiedTyphlosion As the description states, it is merely a frontend for YouTube. However, it comes with a lighter interface and blocks YouTube trackers and ads.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    4. LBRY is the first digital marketplace to be controlled by the market's participants rather than a corporation or other 3rd-party.
      LBRY vs YouTube opinions
      Almost everyone thinks LBRY is a great alternative to YouTube.
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      ValekoZ Open-source, decentralized and you can earn money easily if you create good videos
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      Using the desktop client the videos streams super fast.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

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      Sandro_Linux LBRY is blockchain based is privacy friendly and does not censor you. What is not to like?
      Positive comment 2 months ago

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      WarmPotato LBRY awards users with cryptocurrency for watching videos.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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      Users of YouTube should feel right at home.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      LBRY is a true decentralized alternative to YouTube, it doesn't rely on a domain name for the videos to be accessible, hence the app. It's able to bring together all the best user experience from a centralized network and all the benefits of decentralization!
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      Gruak No censorship, decetralized, free and open soruce
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    5. DTube is the first crypto-decentralized video platform, built on top of the Steemit and the IPFS peer-to-peer network.
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      DTube vs YouTube opinions
      Almost everyone thinks DTube is a great alternative to YouTube.
      lorendias d.tube is youtube but without centralization and with crypto exchanged as views IIRC. It has the best interface of any youtube competitor and seems to have a business model that will payoff.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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      OAKSIF0 Love it looks like youtube but its not. And I didn't know it was completly decentralized and open source! What a bonus!
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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      No censors, so you can listen to mrbeast swear all the time!
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Censor free, easy to use, and fun. Would recommend.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      Sadly, because of the sharing model, the video size limit on DTube is 1GB, which is not really enough for good quality gameplays, so it's not a good alternative for gamers.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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      D.Tube makes monetization easy and fair
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    6. MediaGoblin is a free software media publishing platform that anyone can run. You can think of it as a decentralized alternative to Flickr, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc. It's also: The perfect tool to show and share your media!
      MediaGoblin vs YouTube opinions
      Most users think MediaGoblin is a great alternative to YouTube.
      It is a free/libre software that respects your freedom and the freedom of your personal data.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

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      MediaGoblin is an open source project than can be hosted on any server. It is decentralized but a federation connects all servers between them. And they don't use your data like YouYube/Google.
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

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      Poor in content, unused, not immediately clear, important structural difference that are not obvious.
      Top negative comment  about 4 years ago

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      Clueless how it works and it would not upload my video when I tried the demo so there was no way to figure it out.
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

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      I should just be able to logon and go you can't do that with this platform.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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    7. 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.
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      FreeTube vs YouTube opinions
      This alternative is disputed. FreeTube is still a legitimate alternative to YouTube, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      c_lowe1 Privacy, no ads and content.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      isisstelling It still relies on youtube, but it works as a desktop application, and is privacy conscious.
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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      energy1 FreeTube is a Youtube player. It directly relies on YouTube and so is not an alternative.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    8. It is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone. It's written in PHP and with YouPHPTube you can create your own video sharing site and Stream Live videos for free.
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      YouPHPTube vs YouTube opinions
      Most users think YouPHPTube is a great alternative to YouTube.
      danielneto1 Very clear layout and help
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      YouPHPTube is primarily for downloading videos from a url.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    9. SkyTube is an alternative, free, open-source YouTube application for Android. It allows you to use YouTube comfortably without the need for Google/YouTube account and hence this app only offers read-only access to YouTube. VIDEO BLOCKER
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      SkyTube vs YouTube opinions
      Some users think SkyTube is a great alternative to YouTube, some don't.
      No ads, you don't need an account to star or subscribe because they have an offline database that keeps track.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      No Ads, unless they are integrated in the videos itselves. Which is a solution I like a lot. No ads make it perform very well.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

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      It is an alternative to the YouTube mobile app, not YouTube itself.
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

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      energy1 It relies on YouTube to function, so it is in no way an alternative.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      Its an app not a video web site
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      osvein Great app, but it's an app for YouTube, so it's not an alternative to YouTube.
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
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      • IPFS
      • JavaScript
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      IPFSTube is a player and uploader for videos, stored in the distributed IPFS network.
      IPFSTube vs YouTube opinions
      This alternative is disputed. IPFSTube is still a legitimate alternative to YouTube, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      It's not a good alternative to YouTube because the idea is upload a video, get a link and share it. That's it. It doesn't have a interface that you can search for videos and etc. Basically, it doesn't have the "social network" that YouTube has.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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