YouTube app for Windows, Mac and Linux

Minitube 2.4


This release is about porting Minitube to the new YouTube APIs, version 3. The old ones are going to be switched off in a few weeks so everybody make sure to update.

Minitube is now using HTTPS everywhere for better privacy and security. Also, Minitube now loads 50 results instead of 10 so finding the right video now requires even less clicking.

The Windows and Mac version ship with LibVLC 2.2.0. This should solve playback issues reported by a few Windows users. On Ubuntu, the “Ambiance” style toolbar is now back.

A note for Linux packagers

Minitube sources moved to GitHub. YouTube API version 3 requires an API key. Each key has a limited “quota”. In order to build you need your own API key. Check the file for details.

Minitube 2.3


Hi all, this release brings many under-the-hood changes. The biggest one is the switch from QuickTime to VLC as the multimedia engine on the Mac. Windows users also get a major update to the VLC libraries used which should solve many reported issues. The switch to a newer VLC also brings much better and reliable video seeking and faster video start, especially with longer ones.

Feature-wise, Minitube can now create video snapshots (i.e capture frames) at full resolution just by pressing a key. Bloggers and social media users will probably put this feature to good use. The search suggestions that popup while you type received some usability and style enhancements.

Minitube now supports Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) and works again on Snow Leopard (10.6).

On the Linux side, I decided to stop publishing Minitube via the Ubuntu Software Center: updates were approved too slowly and getting feedback was always hard. Starting from this release, I’ll take care of .deb packages directly on this site.

  • Take video snapshots at full resolution
  • Faster and more reliable seeking
  • Faster video start with longer videos
  • Slide transition in playlist navigation
  • Make the volume handle red when volume is zero
  • Enhancements to the search suggestions
  • The Mac version is now 64bit and uses the VLC engine to play videos
  • Fixed minor style issues with Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10
  • Restored compatibility with Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6
  • The Windows version has been updated to the latest VLC
  • The Ubuntu & Debian version is now shipped as a .deb on the site. Goodbye Ubuntu Software Center!
  • New and updated translations

Minitube 2.2

I rushed out this release because of playback problems with some YouTube videos. I had minor fixes and improvements ready so they’re included as well.

Screen Shot 2014-07-19 at 17.11.12Previously one could not unsubscribe from a deleted channel. This is fixed by adding a context menu with an Unsubscribe command and while I was there I added Marked as Watched too.

For all the geeks, there’s a new --stop-after-this command line option so you can gracefully end playback from a SSH shell. For Linux people there’s a corresponding GNOME 3 action.

Next developments for Minitube will include porting it to Qt5 and replacing Phonon with libvlc. Have a great summer!

  • Subscriptions context menu: Unsubscribe, Mark as Watched
  • Added –stop-after-this command line switch
  • Added Stop After This Video Unity & Gnome 3 action
  • Fixed painting errors when scrolling playlist on Linux
  • Fixed bug with dragging playlist items from the thumbnail
  • Fixed some videos not playing
  • Updated translations

Bug fixes for Minitube & Musictube

Just a quick note to announce the release of Minitube 2.1.6 and Musictube 1.2.7. Both include a fix for the playback of some YouTube videos. A minor change in Minitube’s Browse tab removes some so-called standard feeds like Most Shared, etc. As always updated translations are included thanks to the wonderful translators at Transifex.

Bug Fixes & Happy Holidays

Just in time for Xmas, two bugfix releases are out: Minitube 2.1.5 and Musictube 1.2.6. These updates bring a fix for some YouTube videos that were not playing. I wish everybody happy holidays!

Ubuntu users will have to wait a few days until the updates are approved. Oh and by the way, I’m running a Minitube donation month in December on the Ubuntu Software Center by setting a $3.99 price on Minitube. Thanks to all the people that bought.

Minitube 2.1 adds channel subscriptions


You can now subscribe to YouTube channels and be notified of new videos. This does not require a YouTube account. It’s all done by Minitube.

This release also restores playback of VEVO videos that stopped working a few days ago.

Other minor changes include:

  • Move window by dragging from inside the video area
  • Faster startup
  • Optimizations and tweaks to the playlist
  • Float on top icon was missing on Mac & Windows
  • Compact mode window fixed aspect ratio on Mac
  • Ubuntu notifications
  • Fixed compact mode video cropped with very small window
  • Fixed long words or URLs in the video description causing a window resize
  • Fixed crash when resizing the playlist to a very small width
  • Fixed skipping to the next video on Windows & Linux

Starting with this version I’m distributing Minitube for Ubuntu directly on the Ubuntu Software Center, personally taking care of updates. This will hopefully allow for an easier to install and more up-to-date Minitube for Ubuntu users. Just wait a few days until the package is reviewed by the USC people, then uninstall the outdated minitube package and install minitube-ubuntu.

Minitube 2.0!

After quite a bit of work, Minitube 2.0 is finally here! It brings new major features, usability enhancements and bug fixes. But above all, after many releases dedicated to polishing the overall experience, I finally have a vision on how to put things forward. And I have lots of things in store for 2.1.

On Mac and Windows, Minitube now autoupdates, freeing you from the hassle of manually downloading each version. Just enter your “download link” once in the license details box (in the Code field) and forget about it.

The initial view now has a Browse tab that lets you, well, browse YouTube categories and top videos. You can choose to view worldwide content or select content for a specific country.

One thing that has always been missing in Minitube is the ability to browse related videos. Many asked for it, but until now I had no idea on how to implement it. Related videos are now also added when you paste a YouTube link.

You can now navigate backward and forward in the playlist, so you can go back to previous results after trying a new search, clicking a channel name or browsing related videos.

Many translations still have to catch up with the many new strings in 2.0. Please help out by joining a team on Transifex!

And here’s the complete changelog:

  • YouTube categories and “standard feeds”: “Most Popular”, “Featured”, etc
  • Country selection for YouTube categories and feeds
  • Autoupdate on Mac and Windows
  • Related videos
  • Related videos are now appended when pasting a YouTube link
  • Bigger and nicer 16:9 thumbnails
  • “Show 10 More” with a single click
  • Play video in the playlist with a single click on its thumbnail
  • Disk cache for video thumbnails
  • OS X Notification Center notifications on video start
  • Ubuntu Ambiance theme integration
  • Fixed some YouTube links not working when pasted in the searchbox
  • Fixed playlist drag’n’drop
  • Fixed system language settings detection
  • Fixed clicking on channel names not working in some cases
  • Fixed incorrect number of downloads in status bar
  • Fixed looping video with Phonon VLC backend on Linux
  • New and updated translations

Have a look at Musique and Musictube updates also released today!

Here comes Minitube 1.9!

So today I woke up and read the emails about Minitube crashing and YouTube replying with error codes. I had a new version in store ready to be released. Actually I had already submitted it to the Mac App Store. So I quickly adapted to the new YouTube stuff and, while I was at it, fixed the division by zero crash that was triggered by the failed requests.

Now I’m off to work on fixing Musictube too. When I have more time I’ll add something about the new features. For now you just get to read the changelog:

  • Adapted to YouTube changes
  • New search filter UI. Filter results by publication date, video duration and video quality.
  • Sort by rating
  • Search spell suggestions: “Did you mean…”
  • New downloads are now added at the top of the list
  • Video definition indicator while downloading videos
  • Simple integration with Buffer app
  • Better fullscreen experience on the Mac: sidebar shows when the mouse hits the left side, mouse and playlist autohide
  • Compatible with OS X Mountain Lion Gatekeeper
  • Partial Retina Display support. Still using 1x bitmaps because of Qt not being ready
  • OS X Mountain Lion notifications when a download finishes
  • Fixed flickering in fullscreen controls on Linux, also playlist and toolbar now autohide
  • New and updated translations. Thanks to all the translators involved!

And by the way, Ubuntu users vote for this bug!

Minitube 1.8 released

This release brings a much enhanced Compact Mode. The Compact Mode window now remembers its own size and position and can be made smaller than before. It also stays automatically on top of other windows.

The video title and description that Minitube briefly shows at video start now have an adaptive font size so they look good both in Compact Mode and Full Screen.

As for the recent Musictube release, Ubuntu and GNOME 3 users get a shiny new Quicklist.

This release fixes a bug with videos not being downloaded on Linux with Qt 4.8 and works around GStreamer stopping playback in the middle of a video.

Unfortunately many recent Linux distributions (including Ubuntu 12.04) have a GStreamer bug that prevents many applications from playing MPEG4 videos. While we wait for the bug to be fixed, here’s a simple workaround.

Full changelog:

  • Enhanced Compact Mode: window on top, can be made smaller and remembers its own position
  • Adaptive video title font size
  • Unity & GNOME 3 actions (aka Quicklists)
  • Mac Sandbox support
  • Added missing menu item to restore hidden window, as per the OS X HIG
  • More responsive UI while loading videos on the Mac
  • Selecting a recent keyword now also sets the searchbox text
  • Selecting a suggestion now also sets the searchbox text on the Mac
  • Fixed duplicate channel names in suggestions popup
  • Fixed playback not starting or being interrupted on Linux
  • Fixed search box being erroneously focused on the Mac
  • Fixed wrong localization of some menu items on the Mac
  • New and updated translations

Minitube 1.7.1 bugfix release

This Minitube release fixes bugs and brings new and updated translations. Here’s a list of the bugs that have been fixed:

  • Fixed searching YouTube videos ids containing the “-” sign
  • Fixed search auto-completion popup appearing when not needed
  • Fixed temporary files not being deleted on Windows
  • Fixed quitting from the Dock on the Mac
  • Fixed bug preventing system shutdown on the Mac
  • Fixed search box selecting text while typing and losing focus on ESC key on the Mac
  • On the Mac, “Quit” and other application menu items are now correctly localized
Enjoy your 100% bug-free Minitube!