With its slogan being “there’s life outside the browser”, Minitube is a lightweight desktop client for accessing Youtube videos. Its main interface is similar to Google in that it only has a big search box where you type in a term for your video and it do the searching for you.
Alternatively, you can also enter the name of a channel in the box to start watching its videos. Minitube is also capable of showing videos with resolutions from 360p to 1080p. Not relying on Flash, it leaves a low footprint on system resources.
You can also download videos in MP4 file format using Minitube. Aiming to be a TV more than just an interface, Minitube is a must have app if you are a huge consumer of Youtube videos (and who’s not anyway?).
Minitube is already available in the Ubuntu repos, but is outdated. You can get the latest version, 1.4 by
- sudo add-apt-repository ppa:neversfelde/minitube
- sudo apt-get update
- sudo apt-get install minitube