Invidious: A Private Front-End To YouTube

by Grey One •

Invidious is an alternative front-end to YouTube. It exists both as a website (Invidio.us) and as downloadable open source software. The website is sometimes not available — or example it currently seems to be down!

The Invidious software allows you view YouTube video with advertising, and with no Google tracking.

Here is a full feature list:

  • No ads
  • No need to create a Google account to save subscriptions
  • Audio-only mode (and no need to keep window open on mobile)
  • Lightweight (homepage is ~4 KB compressed)
  • Tools for managing subscriptions:
    • Only show unseen videos
    • Only show latest (or latest unseen) video from each channel
    • Delivers notifications from all subscribed channels
    • Automatically redirect homepage to feed
    • Import subscriptions from YouTube
  • Dark mode
  • Embed support
  • Set default player options (speed, quality, autoplay, loop)
  • Does not require JS to play videos
  • Support for Reddit comments in place of YT comments
  • Import/Export subscriptions, watch history, preferences
  • Does not use any of the official YouTube APIs
  • Developer API

FreeTube

FreeTube is an open source desktop application that displays YouTube videos. It uses the Invidious API.

  • Watch videos without ads
  • View YouTube without Google tracking you using cookies and JavaScript
  • Make API calls through the Tor network
  • Subscribe to channels without an account
  • Local subscriptions, history, and saved videos
  • Export & import subscriptions
  • Mini Player

NewPipe

NewPipe is an android app that provides a private front-end to Youtube.

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