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Lightweight youtube app for raspberry pi 3

Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:07 am

I wanted to run youtube on raspberry pi, which runs fine on chromium but it is really slow. I am looking for a client for raspberry pi. Have tried mini tube which starts fine, but cannot play youtube videos. From this post:
viewtopic.php?f=91&t=251688&p=1536274&h ... t#p1536274
I came to know about FreeTube which seems to be nice and also has a precompiled arm64 package. Since that is arm64 package, I cannot install it on my raspberry pi os which is 32 bit.

Can anybody suggest a nice youtube client that works on raspberry pi? or help me to get a armA72 version of freetube, since I am new to linux and don't know how to compile.

Any help will be appreciated :D
My raspberry pi model: Raspberry pi 3 Model A+

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Re: Lightweight youtube app for raspberry pi 3

Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:37 am

Since Freetube takes same resources as the browser, so it would be better :)
My raspberry pi model: Raspberry pi 3 Model A+

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Re: Pi3 internet browsing and Youtube performance

Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:02 pm

Crumbs wrote:The Pi 3 crashes every time when putting YouTube full screen. Does anyone know why? Or what to do when it crashes and restarts crashes restarts crashes restarts like 6 times in a row. This is out of the box with Raspbian Noobs -I haven't installed anything else or changed any of the settings.
It shouldn't crash, but you should be aware that this cannot work. Although Youtube video decoding is hardware accelerated, copying the decoded video back to the frame buffer is costly and only works for smaller screen areas, but never full screen.
To watch youtube (or other web) video full screen you have to use solutions based on omxplayer.
Minimal Kiosk Browser (kweb)
Slim, fast webkit browser with support for audio+video+playlists+youtube+pdf+download
Optional fullscreen kiosk mode and command interface for embedded applications
Includes omxplayerGUI, an X front end for omxplayer
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I wonder what kind of setup some of you guys have with your RPi4B and Chromium.... and FB and Youtube.

but I am not having those kind of problems, i.e. youtube crashes, aw snap, on this RPi4B-4G RPiOS microSD boot full desktop.
and watching more YT videos on this desktop (average 10 x 15min YT videos per day, as much as about 30 videos on a weekend)
my problem with this setup is of different nature though :D

I've experienced the severe chromium aw-snap on another SBC, booting on an Ubuntu based OS ... :x.
and youtube sometimes freezes....
the LAN cable was determined to be causing the connection to drop from GbE to Fast Ethernet, thus the cause of the YT freezes
the aw snap I never bothered to determine the cause...(forum does not exist) :(

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Raspberry Pi 3 Super Computing Cluster Part 1 - Hardware List and Assembly
ShiftPlusOne wrote: ↑

Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:16 pm

Are you using the legacy, fkms or kms drivers?

If you're not sure, can you post your config.txt?
Legacy drivers.
Default drivers on Raspbian.

Here my /boot/config.txt...

# For more options and information see
# Some settings may impact device functionality. See link above for details

# uncomment if you get no picture on HDMI for a default "safe" mode

# uncomment this if your display has a black border of unused pixels visible
# and your display can output without overscan

# uncomment the following to adjust overscan. Use positive numbers if console
# goes off screen, and negative if there is too much border

# uncomment to force a console size. By default it will be display's size minus
# overscan.

# uncomment if hdmi display is not detected and composite is being output

# uncomment to force a specific HDMI mode (this will force VGA)

# uncomment to force a HDMI mode rather than DVI. This can make audio work in
# DMT (computer monitor) modes

# uncomment to increase signal to HDMI, if you have interference, blanking, or
# no display

# uncomment for composite PAL

#uncomment to overclock the arm. 700 MHz is the default.

# Uncomment some or all of these to enable the optional hardware interfaces

# Uncomment this to enable the lirc-rpi module

# Additional overlays and parameters are documented /boot/overlays/README

# Enable audio (loads snd_bcm2835)

# tweak performance


# licenses


Without tweak performance section on /boot/config.txt and without licenses code the performance on youtube 1080p fullscreen is the same.

I have wrong on above comment.
Yes, the tweaks performance an at least 192 mb ram gpu have a little impact on youtube 1080p performance.The youtube video is encoded AVC1but the real performance problem is on chromium version 72 (not ok 1080p fullscreen) vs chromium 65 ok 1080p fullscreen youtube.

Last edited by RPIgoodSBC on Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:48 pm, edited 1 time in total.


Pi 3 raspberry youtube

How to Stream Netflix, Fix YouTube on Raspberry Pi

One of the biggest problems with any Raspberry Pi, even a top-of-the-line Raspberry Pi 4,  is that it can't handle streaming video very well, at least not by default. When you fire up Chromium, the default browser in Raspberry Pi OS, paid streaming services such as Netflix, HBO Go and Disney+ just won't work, because the DRM (digital rights management) software they use to protect their content is incompatible with the ARM version of the browser.  

YouTube videos don't suffer from DRM issues, but they are sluggish and drop frames when  you try to play them at full screen, no matter the resolution. Amazingly, a developer named Ventz has come up with a way to solve both problems by running a specialized version of Chromium that comes from the Chrome OS source code. Here's how.

How to Stream Netflix, Fix YouTube on Raspberry Pi

1. Enter the following commands, one after the other at the terminal prompt.

After entering the second command, you will see some text telling you that "Your Pi is now Ready for all Media" and that it's time to reboot.

2. Reboot your Raspberry Pi.

3. Open Chromium (Media Edition) from the Internet menu.

Using Chromium (Media Edition), you'll be able to play video from DRM-enabled services such as Netflix, Spotify and Disney+. I tested on a Raspberry Pi 4 with Netflix, HBO Go, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video. Of those four, all worked except for Amazon Prime Video.

I also found that YouTube was infinitely smoother and played at full screen without a hitch. Just make sure that you use Chromium (Media Edition). If you launch regular Chromium, you won't get these benefits.

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Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

YouTube video choppy while playing on my Pi 3 browser

So I too had jitter in the form of a hickup once every 5-10 seconds of Youtube video play at 720p on full screen while running a Raspberry pi 3 B+. Though in saying that, it did kinda mostly flow fine when in the smaller window. I am running an HDMI cable to an old TV monitor that really probably only does 720p but whatever.

The real trick was that I replaced my micro SD 32 gig chip with a better one. Yep, I know that you think that your class 10 chip is good enough and that's what I thought, but nowadays not all class 10 micro SD chips are the same, I bought a Sandisk Extreme plus with a V30 written on it. This simply means that it will move data in and out of the chip at more than 3 times the speed of your cheap class 10 micro SD card... which apparently is important!?

I actually won't claim to know why this is so important since I kinda thought that the internet content was simply heading straight into the processor and not even touching my Micro SD card, but hey, what do I know. Anyways, I also noted that my startup time for My RPi 3 B+ went from a 30 second time to get to the desktop to a 17 second time, I think that this is a tell-tale that things were sluggish with the old micro SD card that I had.

Anyways, the other improvements that I did were to update my Raspbian to whatever was current, maybe that wasn't really important, and to get a power supply that didn't always have a lightning bolt showing up on the top right hand of my screen... probably not critical either.

Either way I can now watch Youtube MMA action type Videos at full screen at 720p on Chromium without hickups. No re-writing of code needed here. Hope this helps.


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