SMTube: Mini browser or video browser for YouTube

Today there are several sites on the net that are really popular, Facebook, GMail, Google, Twitter, YouTube, etc. There are several applications that help us to interact with these sites, specifically with the content of these services. The advantages of using these applications is that we can do without the interface or website ( for example) and access the content / information directly from the software.

For example (and getting into the subject a bit), if I wish listen to YouTube music in VLC I can do it, if I want to download a video to watch it offline I can do it in Linux in the terminal with youtube-dl or if you use Android you can download TubemateIn fact, I think even jDownloader can download YouTube videos.

This time I come to talk to you about smtube. This is an application that allows us to review YouTube videos through a small and compact interface. When we open it, we notice that we can review cataloged videos in three ways:

  1. First tab: Most Popular
  2. Second tab: Music
  3. Third tab: Top Rated

Just opened SMTube showing the most popular YouTube videos of that moment

Also, as you can see at the end of the screenshot, we have other options. For example, a search box (to search obviously), the Preferences or Options, the About, as well as a pager.

SMTube showing search results: "firefoxos"

SMTube showing search results: "firefoxos"

In the preferences I want to stop:


As you can see, it allows us to specify the quality and folder where the videos will be saved. Yes, because SMTube allows us to download YouTube videos with the quality we want (as long as the video has that obvious quality), it also reads our system to know what our player is (MPlayer, SMPlayer, VLC, Toten and I think some other ), as well as two simple options for feeds.

SMTube Installation

Installing SMTube on ArchLinux is really simple:

sudo pacman -S smtube

However (and for a change), installing it on Debian, Ubuntu or similar distros is a bit more complex:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install smtube

The end!

Well, another application that allows us to interact with YouTube and its videos. What I think it lacks is support for comments, login, those things that other users like to use (I admit that I don't), but it's not bad at all, I say 🙂

By the way, it is a Qt application, it is based on UMPlayer.

PD: I mentioned above an application for Android that allows you to download YouTube videos, this application is not on Play.Google.Com, if you want to know more about it visit

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  1.   fzeta said

    Great. Thank you so much for sharing it. For Android I used to use "YouTube mate" but now I use this: goes from category (Y)

  2.   vr_rv said

    Great to search, watch and download videos, it would be missing something like managing accounts so I could check my subscriptions and download the videos from my channels.

  3.   Faustino said

    Another tool of the many that I have seen for YouTube is MPSYT. I saw it in webupd8 and it works very well, it allows you to watch videos and download them from the terminal.

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    If I register with desdelnux, can I publish a post for the community?

  4.   davidlg said

    if jdownloader can download videos in different formats and mp3

    I use the minitube, it doesn't seem that I like having several applications for each thing that do their job well, the minitube is great, it has a small history for both searches and channels, you can see what's current and you can subscribe to channels, what I do not know is if a history of the searches will be saved from the youtube

  5.   Ds23yTube said

    With the Youtube-dl I am satisfied to download the videos, but a very good tool.

  6.   Hello said

    in debian sid the PPAs are not needed this in the repositories is not for the other versions of debian

    1.    rv said

      For Debian Testing either, it's in the repositories (and it works perfectly).

  7.   Luis said

    I can't see the YouTube search

    1.    Luis said

      as I do

  8.   TubeMate said

    It is not in the Play Store which is the official one?

  9.   tube mate said

    I don't see it for nokia

  10.   king paul said


  11.   yonel castle velez de villa said

    very good this program congratulations .. thank you

  12.   ScoreHero said

    Brilliant to record my videos!