Install FreeTube on Raspberry Pi
Privacy-friendly YouTube player.
FreeTube has an interface similar to YouTube, but is slower and more innefficient than YouTubuddy. Try both and see which one you prefer!
Disabling the compositor improves playback performance.
To run: Menu -> Internet -> FreeTube
To run in a terminal: /opt/FreeTube/freetube
Fortunately, FreeTube is very easy to install on your Raspberry Pi in just two steps.
- Install Pi-Apps - the best app installer for Raspberry Pi.
- Use Pi-Apps to install FreeTube.
For the best chance of this working, we recommend using the latest version of Raspberry Pi OS, which is currently version Bookworm.
Raspberry Pi OS has 32-bit and 64-bit variants, both of which will run on most Raspberry Pi computers, including the Pi 3, Pi 4, and Pi5.
FreeTube will run on either PiOS 32-bit or 64-bit.
Pi-Apps is a free tool that makes it incredibly easy to install the most useful programs on your Raspberry Pi with just a few clicks.
Open a terminal and run this command to install Pi-Apps:
wget -qO- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Botspot/pi-apps/master/install | bash
Feel free to check out the Pi-Apps source code here: https://github.com/Botspot/pi-apps
Now that you have Pi-Apps installed, it is time to install FreeTube.
First launch Pi-Apps from your start menu:
Then click on the Multimedia category.
Now scroll down to find FreeTube in the list.
Just click Install and Pi-Apps will install FreeTube for you!