PeerTube 3.0 arrives with support for live streaming and more

The new version of the decentralized platform PeerTube 3.0 is now available and in this new version various improvements are highlighted, of which many of them are the result of all the work done over the past year to be able to make the transition from branch 2.x to this new one.

The PeerTube developers made not only the announcement of this new version 3.0, but also expressed their gratitude to all those who supported the financing for the development of the new version of the platform.

In June 2020, we announced the steps of our roadmap for the next 6 months, up to PeerTube v3.

This time we launched a fundraising campaign, with the aim of financing the € 60.000 that this development would cost us. You have been very generous, since more than € 68.000 has been raised.

We would like to thank you for this generosity especially in a difficult time for everyone. Thanks also to the sponsors of this v3, Octopuce (which offers free software hosting and managed services, including PeerTube) and Code Lutin (development company specialized in free software). But also the Debian project (one of the best-known and most widely used free GNU-Linux distributions) that, through your donation and your press release, gave PeerTube international recognition.

For those unaware of PeerTube, they should know that this is a decentralized platform that offers a vendor-independent alternative to YouTube, Dailymotion, and Vimeo, using a P2P content distribution network and linking visitors' browsers.

PeerTube is based on the use of a BitTorrent client, WebTorrent, which runs in a browser and uses technology WebRTC to organize a P2P communication channel direct between browsers, and the protocol ActivityPub, which enables disparate video servers to be combined into a common federated network, in which visitors participate in content delivery and have the ability to subscribe to channels and receive notifications about new videos. 

About the new version of PeerTube 3.0

PeerTube 3.0 comes with several new features, but of the most remarkable we can find compatibility with the live streaming with P2P content delivery.

That is, typical programs like OBS can be used to manage transmission and display delay in relation to source is 30 to 60 seconds Depending on the power of the team, PeerTube can provide processing of hundreds of simultaneous views on one server (it doesn't scale to thousands yet, but they promise to fix it).

For server owners, management settings are provided transmission in which Two modes are supported: short-lived and permanent. The first mode allows you to play through a unique identifier and save the video, while the second mode only allows you to see the current status, as in Twitch.

Other changes in the new version that we can find is that a new style of the side menu has been proposed, notifications, moderation tools and administration panel.

The horizontal account menu is divided into two parts, In addition, new sections "My Settings", "My Library" and "Administration" have been added to the menu to access content and user settings.

The "My Library" section contains channels, videos, imports, changes, playlists, subscriptions and browsing history. "My Settings" offers account settings and tools to moderate and manage notifications. The "My Notifications" section has been added to the block that appears when clicking on the username.

For the admin, a new page for managing video comments has been implemented, which shows a summary with the latest comments and provides buttons to remove all comments from a specific user or remove typical comments by mask.

Of the other changes that stand out:

  • An option is provided in the admin interface to automatically block new videos.
  • The moderator has the opportunity to view all videos, including unpublished and private ones, from the specified channels and accounts.
  • Added ability to download GIF avatars.
  • Provided the ability to retry a failed download. Clearer boot error messages added.
  • Added the ability to specify the original URL for a video that is not local.


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