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YTPlayer is an unofficial YouTube client for SailfishOS. With it you can - you guessed it - watch YouTube videos! You can log in, like and dislike videos, subscribe and unsubscribe to channels among other things.

I forked and bundled a minimal version of youtube-dl to increase speed and increase YTPlayer user experience. YouTube now works on your old trusty Jolla Phone without any issues! At this time the update functionality is disabled; this version is bundled with youtube-dl-lite 2020.05.08.

This version is for SailfishOS 3.3.0 Rokua and newer. For older SailfishOS versions (tested with 2.2.1 Nurmonjoki) please download the legacy release below.



Known limitations:

  • Only 360p and 720p videos are supported
  • Some vides are available only at 360p
  • Fetching newest videos from all subscribed channels doesn't work
  • Recommened videos may not show relevant results

This version is a fork of YTPlayer by osetr, which is a fork of YTPlayer by tworaz.

Source code is available at GitHub. Pull requests and translations are welcome! Especially tweaks regarding YouTube API v3 and coping with its limitations are highly appreciated!

If you like this app and would like to support me maintaining it, you can buy my a cup of coffee!

Application versions: 
File harbour-ytplayer-0.6.9-1.armv7hl.rpm273.92 KB15/09/2019 - 14:19
File harbour-ytplayer-0.6.9-1.i486.rpm295.42 KB15/09/2019 - 14:19
File harbour-ytplayer-0.6.10-1.armv7hl.rpm274.41 KB25/09/2019 - 01:07
File harbour-ytplayer-0.6.10-1.i486.rpm295.72 KB25/09/2019 - 01:07
File harbour-ytplayer-0.6.11-1.armv7hl.rpm274.7 KB23/02/2020 - 14:54
File harbour-ytplayer-0.6.11-1.i486.rpm296.09 KB23/02/2020 - 14:54
File harbour-ytplayer-0.6.12-1.armv7hl.rpm684.44 KB25/02/2020 - 01:39
File harbour-ytplayer-0.6.12-1.i486.rpm705.2 KB25/02/2020 - 01:39
File harbour-ytplayer-0.6.13-1.armv7hl.rpm683.85 KB22/03/2020 - 00:01
File harbour-ytplayer-0.6.13-1.i486.rpm704.84 KB22/03/2020 - 00:01
File harbour-ytplayer-0.6.14-1.armv7hl.rpm697.16 KB01/06/2020 - 00:22
File harbour-ytplayer-0.6.14-1.i486.rpm729.48 KB01/06/2020 - 00:22
File harbour-ytplayer-0.6.15-1.armv7hl.rpm696.52 KB01/06/2020 - 18:38
File harbour-ytplayer-0.6.15-1.i486.rpm729.67 KB01/06/2020 - 18:38
File harbour-ytplayer-0.6.16-1.armv7hl.rpm699.91 KB11/06/2020 - 09:23
File harbour-ytplayer-0.6.16-1.i486.rpm732.38 KB11/06/2020 - 09:23


  • Update youtube-dl-lite to 2020.05.08

Full change log can be found in GitHub.


direc85's picture

Thanks for reporting this!

I had totally forgotten dark ambiences exist, so I have to go through all my apps (:

247's picture

Seems is not working for me as the circle is spinning forever, already deleted and re-installed but it hasn't helped me...

247's picture

Ok it's working now

direc85's picture

I had this issue a few times, too, but I couldn't pinpoint the reason why it did it. How did you get working?

Skillmon's picture

Thank you very much. I have just one request, can you please change the icon back to purple? There is a logic behind the colors and multimedia is purple.

Shervrar's picture

Is this because the SFOS media app is purple, or is there something else that says so? For what it's worth, I like the red. It makes sense as YT is red.

Skillmon's picture

That's a convention from the Harmattan days which was followed at least in the early days of SFOS. If you take a look at the multimedia apps in the store or on OpenRepos many of them are in fact purple, e.g. Unplayer, YTPlayer (except this fork), Daedalus, many of the podcast/radio apps. Following such conventions adds to quick operation of the phone and gives the whole OS a more uniform and coherent look.

direc85's picture

Actually the icon was only partially in SVG format, so I'm considering the old logo for the Store release.

direc85's picture

Thanks for commenting.

This indeed seems to be a trend. If it doesn't turn out hideous - it shouldn't - I'll update the icon color in the next release, which should land in Jolla Store, too.

Skillmon's picture

Thank you very much for your answer (and all the work you're putting into this!). Sorry that it took me this long to finally notice your comments. Again, thank you very much!

carmenfdezb's picture

Thanks for the update, it works perfect now

Shervrar's picture

Going on 'subscriptions' lists the channels I am subscribed to, but selecting 'latest videos' shows some random videos from channels I definitely didn't subscribe to. Any Idea how I can see my subscription feed?

direc85's picture

I *think* it shows the latest uploads in general, not your subscriptions' latest videos. I'll check the API if it provides anything useful...

Shervrar's picture

Not sure how good this would be, but if the API does not provide a way to see subscription videos anymore there is another way: RSS.

Users can export a opml file from I guess you could make users be able to import their opml file to show subscriptions?

That would admittedly raise the complexity of the program though.


Also, would it be possible to make the app open videos it got as an argument? I was considering just using an external RSS app as a workaround and opening youtube links with harbour-ytplayer, but `harbor-ytplayer` does not cause the video to open in the app.

akikk88's picture

I restart phone and now works :) thanks man

direc85's picture

Good to hear!

direc85's picture

Strange, I had no issues. I'll check it out tomorrow. I'm away until then.

akikk88's picture

I install again and now app don't open

direc85's picture

Whoops! I uploaded a wrong 0.6.2-1 build for armv7hl by accident, so please uninstall and install it again.

Sorry for the mixup!

akikk88's picture

Ok, thanks

akikk88's picture

1080p playback support?

direc85's picture

This has been on my mind, too. I'll see what I can do, once the current situation gets a bit more stable.

direc85's picture

I have a method for updating youtube-dl automatically, and it is high on my todo list. The quota issue comes first, though...

mugshot's picture

Nice! Thanks for the effort on maintaining the app, much appreciated! :)

mugshot's picture

Same issue. After updating, the app doesn't work. I'm back to using the Store version with manually updated youtube-dl, seems to work so far.

Could you check Vodman, and maybe implement an internal yt-dl update as the app itself works quite nicely? It's just the yt-dl that's the bottle neck here.

Bocephus's picture

Nothing works even with the latest update; log shows constant API quota errors. All pages are blank, including favorites and history. I'm not going to bother with this since Youtube works just fine in the stock browser.

direc85's picture

Sorry for the delays, I've been occupied by other things... Again, thanks for the feedback! I'll update youtube-dl and push the update soon!

direc85's picture

A quick note about the size increase: youtube-dl has grown that much since last update.

RodSeq's picture

Thanks for your indication, works again like a charm: Great App !

kuba77's picture

Via terminal:

curl -L -o /usr/share/harbour-ytplayer/bin/youtube-dl

chmod a+rx /usr/share/harbour-ytplayer/bin/youtube-dl