Minitube an application to enjoy YouTube from your desktop

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In this article we will see an application that will help us to watch YouTube videos on your desktop. Minitube is an application with a nice graphical user interface which allows them to enter keywords in a search bar to search for videos on YouTube.

As well you can show us a list from where you can choose the video you want. The interesting thing about Mintube is that the graphical interface gives us the possibility of being able to enjoy YouTube without the need to install a web browser or a flash player.

The program is a native YouTube client that tries to provide a TV-like experience for the user instead of cloning YouTube's web interface.

The best of all is that It does not require Flash Player to work, that is, it consumes less CPU and conserves your laptop battery.

Once a playlist is loaded, they can enjoy it as is, or refine their search by clicking the magnifying glass icon or using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + E.

This allows you to sort your results by relevance, date, view count, or rank, and specify how old a result can be, and its preferred duration and quality.

When viewing a playlist, it's easy to reorder videos by dragging and dropping, or using keyboard shortcuts.

Other options include searching for videos related to playback, opening a video on YouTube and a special option called "find video parts", which can help you locate the different parts of the videos which are divided into different sections.

Unlike most video players, the Minitube full screen player does not include any controls.

Installing Minitube on Linux?

In order to install Minitube on Ubuntu, Debian and derivatives, you must do the following.

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We are going to open a terminal and in it we are going to execute the following command with which we will download the application's deb package, if they are users of 32-bit systems, the package they must download is the following:

wget http://flavio.tordini.org/files/minitube/minitube.deb -O minitube.deb

Now If your system is 64-bit, you should download the following package with the help of this command:

wget http://flavio.tordini.org/files/minitube/minitube64.deb -O minitube.deb

Once the package has been downloaded, we must now install it with the help of our favorite package manager or from the terminal with the following command:

sudo dpkg -i minitube.deb

In case of having problems with the dependencies we must execute this in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install -f

Installing Minitube on RHEL, CentOS, Fedora, and derivatives

In the case of systems that have support for RPM packages, we can enhance the installation of this tool with the help of an rpm package.

So that they must download the package according to the architecture of their system. If they are users of 32-bit systems, the package they should download is the following:

wget http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/opensuse/tumbleweed/repo/oss/suse/x86_64/minitube-2.9-1.1.x86_64.rpm -O minitube.rpm

Si are users of 64-bit systems, the package to download is the following:

wget http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/opensuse/repositories/multimedia:/apps/openSUSE_Tumbleweed/i586/minitube-2.9-25.21.i586.rpm -O minitube.rpm

After downloading the package, now we are going to proceed with the installation with the following command, in case of openSUSE this command you must use.

sudo zypper install minitube.rpm

For other distributions install with:

sudo rpm -i minitube.rpm

Or also with:

sudo dnf install minitube.rpm

Arch Linuxy derivatives

Finally, for those who are Arch Linux users, Manjaro Linux, Antergos or any Arch Linux derivative system, we can install this application directly from the AUR repository.

The only thing you need to keep in mind is they must have the AUR repository added to your pacman.conf file and have a wizard to be able to install AUR packages on your system.

If you don't have one, you can use the one I recommend you in the next post.

Now you simply have to open a terminal and execute the following command:

yay -S minitube


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  1.   edilaq said

    I have Q4OS, it lets me install, it executes but it does not show anything I put in the search box

  2.   edilaq said

    I have Q4OS, it installs and runs it, but it doesn't show any results when I put something in the text box