LibreTube - uses Piped as video source by default. Subscriptions and playlists can be created, all without actually interacting with YouTube.

Clipious - uses Invidious as the video source. Also allows for subscribing and accounts. Lesser known client

NewPipe - Gets the source directly from YT. Allows for subscribing and creating playlists

Additionally, there’s also ReVanced that lets you patch the regular YT app to include useful features.

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    I also want to drop Grayjay in here. It supports YouTube and can also be used to view other platforms like Twitch, Odysee, PeerTube, etc. It uses plugins, so you can develop a plugin for the video platform you want to be able to use in Grayjay. Grayjay also has this Polycentric “decentralized” database so that you can comment and like the videos in those aforementioned platforms.

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      I use Tubular. It’s a fork of newpipe that has sponsor block.

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      It’s good and everything (although it was a bit rough around the edges here and there), but is a no-go for me personally, unless they’ve changed their license. When I last checked it wad not open source, but merely source available since the license basically said you’re not allowed to modify the source code period. AGPL would’ve been a far better choice

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        Totally understandable. I mean, it’s still in alpha and yes I do encounter bugs sometimes. I honestly just use it because I can have my feed in grayjay as well.

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    All I want is an ad-free YouTube app that lets me cast on Chromecast directly.

    So far nothing worked properly. Any ideas? I’m using a Pixel 4A.

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          Yeah, just OSS. Which is fine by me, frankly. In a capitalist system there are very few ways to make FOSS soft compete with closed source/proprietary. One way is to convince people to buy the soft. Another is to get industry funding. Blender is one of the best examples of this. But Grayjay can’t use the Blender model because the biggest player in the industry (Youtube) has a vested interest in keeping the app from being developed.

          • One way is to convince people to buy the soft.

            Grayjay and other Futo apps are not really paid software, it’s more like a donation. No reason not to use a FOSS license.

            But Grayjay can’t use the Blender model because the biggest player in the industry (Youtube) has a vested interest in keeping the app from being developed.

            What does that have to do with the licensing? The restrictive definitely won’t stop Google from trying to shut the app down. Selling the app actually makes it harder to prevent it from being shut down. Google can now argue in court that Futo tries to make money from selling this app, that uses the YouTube API without authorization.
            There’s a very easy solution to this problem: Just make it FOSS like every other god damn alternative YouTube client, put the GPL on it and treat donations like donations, instead of “selling” the app and generating revenue (which can and likely will be used against them).

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              Rossmann and Futo have explicitly stated that purchasing their soft is a purchase, not a donation.

              Furthermore, Grayjay does not use the Youtube API and so Google has no ground to stand on.

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                Rossmann and Futo have explicitly stated that purchasing their soft is a purchase, not a donation.

                Exactly. That’s the issue. Selling software means generating revenue, thus Grayjay is a commercial product. That’s exactly what YouTube Vanced was shut down for. Generating revenue from accessing YouTube in an unauthorized manner. Grayjay does use the YouTube API, but not the official one. YouTube has 2 sets of APIs. The official one with clear terms and conditions, which is only accessible with an API token, and the unofficial one, which is for example used in the YouTube mobile app. There is no official documentation on this API, and it was only discovered through reverse engineering. YouTube doesn’t allow using this API from an unofficial client (they’re not that strict about it, but nonetheless, it’s technically forbidden, as the APi is not meant for public usage).

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                  Unless they were to stick a TOS, usage agreement, or API key requirement on Innertube then anyone’s free to use it however they like. Legally, Grayjay is in the clear here. And practically they’re fine as well since altering Innertube to block Grayjay would mean that Google would have to alter their in house processes and that costs money.

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      Doesn’t ReVanced work?

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          Web Video Caster can cast to a large number of devices, Chromecast included. It has a lot of companion apps too on several smart TV platforms, all for the sake of getting your media played back on another device.

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    I’ve been using pipe-viewer (formerly/alternatively youtube-viewer) for years. It’s an extremely minimal yet feature-rich and customizable perl youtube client, designed to be used without a google api key (If you want to use an account, use youtube-viewer instead). No other client I’ve tried comes close in my experience (I’ve tried Freetube (bloated), Minitube (buggy, feature incomplete, uses embedded player), Newpipe (restricted to android)).

    Also works great on mobile, and can be used with a Gtk-perl client for people who want a graphical client. It can also be used with any native video player, like mpv or mplayer (and adding an unsupported player is trivial in the config).

    Demo:

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      The borderless UI is so good, honestly. Do you know if there’s a way to alter the player control UI? Am wanting to get into ricing and that looks like it provides a great solution for some minimalist ideas I’m having.

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        The window decorations in my video are provided by cwm, not the player. The player UI is just default mpv.

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    Using Tubular, which is a fork of newpipe with sponsorblock integration. It’s a bit buggy but I like not having to skip every sponsor

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      A textfile with channel urls + a yt-dlp script + a self hosted jellyfin servers.

      Saves on bandwidth too, you only download once and can keep your favorites saved offline as long as you have storage space.

      I do run my own invidious client too for video searches and “filler” channels you watch selectively.

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        Oooh… I’d love a YouTube integration with jellyfin.

        Tell me more.

        I’d love the features of a podcast app but for YouTube creators I follow.

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        You mean I finally have a way to watch Youtube in my Samsung TV without ads??? Ooooo I know what I’m doing tonight!

        edit: naaah it won’t run on my raspberry :(

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    I’ll also plug SmartTube, an Android TV app that has many of the more widely-used functions ReVanced has (blocks ads, supports SponsorBlock, etc.) among other things.

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    I would use Libretube, but it simply doesn’t work on my phone. On PC I always use piped.

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    This was me when Invidious and Piped were being attacked by Youtube and Newpipe had a hiatus.

    Tubular is a Newpipe fork with Sponsor Block integrated for anyone interested.

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    I’m having great time with FreeTube Cordova lately, you have to setup the UI initially, understanding its limit for mobile, but it works very well.

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    Libretube seems to almost never work for me no matter what instance i try.
    Also worth adding Smarttube for AndroidTV

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        …it doesn’t work. Like, ever. Same with all of these other frontends like invidious, teddit, rimgo, bibliogram, etc.

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          I think the issue is that the more users these instances have, the easier it is for them to get throttled/banned by the services they want to use. I self host piped and it works 99% of the times

          Also some services are frequently changing stuff or just making it impossible to have an alternative frontends

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                  Same with all of these other frontends like invidious, teddit, rimgo, bibliogram,

                  This you?

                  Besides which… it’s well understood that all of these apps are brittle as in they stop working every other day when youtube changes whatever thing so they stop working.

                  In the case of newpipe for example, if you install from the app store or even f-droid the version there will be a few weeks old and just won’t work. The best approach is to install the apk and allow it to update itself when a new version is released. I’ve been using newpipe for several years in this manner and it’s very reliable.

                  Er go, if it doesn’t work for you, you’re doing it wrong.

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        Just find a good instance like piped.adminforge.de

        You mean the default instance? Yeah, doesn’t work.

        or host your own

        Sure, I’ll just pop over to the local university and pick up my software engineering degree.

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          I imagine you’re exaggerating but if not then I’d say that’s a tad extreme. That being said, their official setup guide does provide steps on how to install it but I think if I didn’t have prior experience with some of the software it mentions I think I’d struggle so maybe a different guide by someone else is better?

          However these obviously require having something that this can be run on, like a VPS, which aren’t free, so that is another barrier for entry to consider.