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Open Source YouTube Alternatives

The best open source alternative to YouTube is PeerTube. 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, LBRY, Invidious and DTube.

YouTube alternatives are mainly Video Sharing Tools but may also be YouTube Clients or Video Streaming Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of YouTube.
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  1. PeerTube icon

    PeerTube

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    59 alternatives to PeerTube 

    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. But one organization hosting PeerTube alone may not have enough money to pay for bandwidth...

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    1.  DecentralizedPeerTube is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Ad-freePeerTube doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  Support for ActivityPubPeerTube support ActivityPub, a open and decentralized social network protocol.
    4.  Privacy focusedPeerTube is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Almost everyone thinks PeerTube is a great alternative to YouTube.
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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.

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    Guest

    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

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    Guest

    It does not have very many videos on it at all! I searched Minecraft and multiple other subjects and came up empty!

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    abigailjordan

    I think It doesn't have ads!

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    Guest

    Bringing power back to the people. PeerTubw ftw!

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    Pietrosmus

    Decentralized video-streaming, not exactly like youtube, as you have to find the content creators instances on your own, but definitely a good alternative.

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    Douze

    PeerTube is the open-source technology that links together independent instances on which people freely host and post videos. Find an instance that suits you or create your own, and join the federated PeerTube community !

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  2. NewPipe icon

    NewPipe

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    • YouTube
    • F-Droid
    105 alternatives to NewPipe 

    The lightweight, free and open source YouTube experience for Android.

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    1.  Ad-freeNewPipe doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  Privacy focusedNewPipe is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in NewPipe without registration.
    4.  LightweightNewPipe consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    5.  Dark ModeNewPipe supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    6.  Text to SpeechNewPipe allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
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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.

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    pabloalcr

    NewPipe isn't an alternative to YouTube, but rather to YouTube's Android APP. It's packed with features the official app doesn't have all while being lighter on resources and having no spying on the client side.

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    Guest

    This isn't an alternative, it is an interface for it.

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    Guest

    It's an app that still uses youtube services, not al alternative to those services.

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    Guest

    because i can download videos for free

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    csharath642

    This is really a good one, without YouTube premium you can download video/audio, no ads. Thanks to New Pipe and team, now i don't have to download through web

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    Guest

    It's ad free and you can download any YouTube video and use it as you want.

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  3. LBRY icon

    LBRY

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    24 alternatives to LBRY 

    LBRY is the first digital marketplace to be controlled by the market's participants rather than a corporation or other 3rd-party. It is the most open, fair, and efficient marketplace for digital goods ever created, with an incentive design encouraging it to become the most...

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    1.  DecentralizedLBRY is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Ad-freeLBRY doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
    4.  Privacy focusedLBRY is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    5.  Anonymous CommentingLBRY allows you to comment and participate in discussions without revealing your personal information.
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    Almost everyone thinks LBRY is a great alternative to YouTube.
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    Guest

    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!

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    Guest

    Users of YouTube should feel right at home.

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    takitzis

    LBRY video interface has moved to Odyssee, so no more is a Youtube alternative

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    Guest

    The video interface became Odysee.

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    rami_r81

    why would we use youtube if we have a free open source community focus and respect privacy freedom of speech alternative

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    Sandro_Linux

    LBRY is blockchain based is privacy friendly and does not censor you. What is not to like?

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    WarmPotato

    LBRY awards users with cryptocurrency for watching videos.

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  4. Invidious icon

    Invidious

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    • Linux
    • Online
    • Docker
    36 alternatives to Invidious 

    Invidious is an alternative front-end to YouTube.

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    1.  Ad-freeInvidious doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  Privacy focusedInvidious is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  LightweightInvidious consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  Dark ModeInvidious supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    5.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Invidious without registration.
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    Douze

    You can watch videos from youtube without giving away your soul and personal data, or being bombarded with ads. It just works ??

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    Guest

    open source, ad-free, privacy, tor

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    Guest

    JavaScript not being required is kinda pog

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    Papel

    Much like NewPipe, you use this to avoid having to use YT to watch its content. You can also easily download the videos using any of the invidious instances, which is nice. If you're a content creator, though, it offers nothing.

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    firebird

    fast it don't ask email in registration,just name and password

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    Guest

    Just ried it a few times so the jury is still out

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    Guest

    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.

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  5. DTube icon

    DTube

    87 alternatives to DTube 

    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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    1.  DecentralizedDTube is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Ad-freeDTube doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    Almost everyone thinks DTube is a great alternative to YouTube.
    OAKSIF0

    Love it looks like youtube but its not. And I didn't know it was completly decentralized and open source! What a bonus!

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    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.

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    Guest

    No censors, so you can listen to mrbeast swear all the time!

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    Guest

    Censor free, easy to use, and fun. Would recommend.

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    Guest

    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.

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    Guest

    D.Tube makes monetization easy and fair

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  6. MediaGoblin icon

    MediaGoblin

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    • Sandstorm.io
    55 alternatives to MediaGoblin 

    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.

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    1.  DecentralizedMediaGoblin is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    A User profile and their corresponding galleries
    View of an audio file
    View of an PDF presentation
    MediaGoblin vs YouTube opinions
    Most users think MediaGoblin is a great alternative to YouTube.
    Guest

    It is a free/libre software that respects your freedom and the freedom of your personal data.

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    Guest

    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.

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    Guest

    Poor in content, unused, not immediately clear, important structural difference that are not obvious.

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    Guest

    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.

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    Guest

    I should just be able to logon and go you can't do that with this platform.

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  7. FreeTube icon

    FreeTube

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    50 alternatives to FreeTube 

    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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    1.  Ad-freeFreeTube doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  Privacy focusedFreeTube is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in FreeTube without registration.
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    isisstelling

    It still relies on youtube, but it works as a desktop application, and is privacy conscious.

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    c_lowe1

    Privacy, no ads and content.

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    energy1

    FreeTube is a Youtube player. It directly relies on YouTube and so is not an alternative.

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    Odysee

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    • Android
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    107 alternatives to Odysee 

    Launch your own channel | Watch and share videos.

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    1.  DecentralizedOdysee is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Ad-freeOdysee doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  Privacy focusedOdysee is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Guest

    Odysee is an amazing alternative to YouTube

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    WarmPotato

    Its built on the LBRY protocol, making it censorship resistant

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    RemovedUser

    It sucks, but man is it way better than Youtube.

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    bchpls

    At this point in time odysee seems to be the most attractive alternative for youtube. Many content creator (especially those who value freedom) switch every day.

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    Guest

    Have most of the features

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    Exeref

    Odysee is in my opinion the best alternative to YouTube. It has most of the features YouTube has including livestreaming. Users can earn money through LBRY credits by getting donations on uploads or by completing challenges. I highly recommend.

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  9. YouPHPTube icon

    YouPHPTube

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    • Chromecast
    92 alternatives to YouPHPTube 

    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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    Most users think YouPHPTube is a great alternative to YouTube.
    danielneto1

    Very clear layout and help

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    Guest

    YouPHPTube is primarily for downloading videos from a url.

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  10. SkyTube icon

    SkyTube

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    • YouTube
    • F-Droid
    61 alternatives to SkyTube 

    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.

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    1.  Ad-freeSkyTube doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    Guest

    No ads, you don't need an account to star or subscribe because they have an offline database that keeps track.

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    Guest

    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.

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    Guest

    It is an alternative to the YouTube mobile app, not YouTube itself.

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    energy1

    It relies on YouTube to function, so it is in no way an alternative.

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    Guest

    Its an app not a video web site

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    osvein

    Great app, but it's an app for YouTube, so it's not an alternative to YouTube.

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