New Update LibreTube - FOSS privacy front-end for YouTube for Android


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Jan 8, 2011

LibreTube is an open source software built for learning and research purposes.
YouTube has an extremely invasive privacy policy which relies on using user data in unethical ways. They store a lot of your personal data - ranging from ideas, music taste, content, political opinions, and much more than you think.

The project is aimed to improve the users privacy by being independent from Google and bypassing their data collection. Therefore the app is using the Piped API, which uses proxies to circumvent Googles data collection and includes some other additional features.

LibreTube aims to protect the privacy of its users. Our Privacy Policy gives detailed information on which data the app stores in order to work, how it is being used, and how the project protects your personal information. It is recommended to read the privacy policy of LibreTube as well as the privacy policy of the instance you have chosen inside the app.


  • User Accounts
  • Subscriptions
  • User Playlists
  • Playlist Bookmarks
  • Channel Tabs
  • Search Filters
  • Player Gestures
  • SponsorBlock
  • Comments
  • Captions

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How LibreTube differs to NewPipe​

With NewPipe, the extraction is done locally on your phone and all the requests sent towards YouTube/Google are done directly from the network you're connected to and doesn't use a middleman server in between. Therefore Google can still access information such as the users IP address, besides that subscriptions can only be stored locally.

LibreTube takes this one step further and proxies all requests via Piped (which uses the NewPipeExtractor). This prevents Google servers from accessing your IP address or any other personal data. Apart from that Piped allows syncing your subscriptions between LibreTube and Piped which can be used on desktop too. If the NewPipeExtractor breaks, it only requires an update of Piped and not LibreTube itself, therefore fixes usually arrive faster than in NewPipe.

While LibreTube only supports YouTube, NewPipe also allows using other platforms like SoundCloud and Both are great clients for watching YouTube videos, it depends on the individuals use case which one fits the own needs better.
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Jan 8, 2011

Please note that the Discord and Reddit accounts of LibreTube are no longer affiliated with the project!​

We recommend everyone who's interested in the project to instead follow LibreTube on Mastodon or join the Matrix room.

New features in v0.14.1​

  • Display stream notification thumbnails by @Isira-Seneviratne in #3542
  • Ability to interact with player while viewing comments by @xz-dev in #3624
  • Sort menu for local and private playlist by @Bnyro in #3648
  • Improvement to links in description and comment texts by @faisalcodes in #3660
  • Remember the comments progress by @Bnyro in #3669
  • Scroll to top button for comments by @Bnyro in #3669
  • Unlimited search history preference by @Bnyro in #3640
  • Automatically scroll to the currently playing video in the queue by @Bnyro in #3626


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With Newpipe you'll need a VPN for it directly contacts Google. It's good if you have an Always-on VPN

LibreTube don't require a VPN because it proxies through YT. You may face stuttering video if you use a VPN
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