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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

I just released a beta version which comes bundled with a minimal version of youtube-dl, which executes a lot faster. If you ever wondered why testing the local version of youtube-dl was taking so long - this fixes exactly that. Just running `youtube-dl --version` took 12 seconds on my original Jolla Phone - now it takes about 1.1 seconds.

If you are curious and like testing new stuff, please install this update and let me know what you think. Thanks!

JacekJagosz's picture

Subscribed videos to me show just random recommended ones. Could you try to fix it? It has been reported on the original project

direc85's picture

You mean the topmost "Subscriptions" item? To me it displays the channels I've subscribed to.

Listing new videos from all the subscribed channels like this isn't possible anymore using YouTube APIv3. That's a feature I would like to have in the app, but it's a serious pain to implement, now that I actually think about it. Plus it would take ages to refresh the page and drain the API key quota fast, so at this point I'm not even going to look at it. Sorry, looks like it's a wontfix until the API changes...

rossholmes's picture

Thank you for the effort, this is a great and very functional app! Cheers

tabasko's picture

Great work man!

akikk88's picture

Thanks now works very well :)

Pohli's picture

Thanks for maintaining this app! I've found one issue: in Download Settings my choices of the Preferred video quality option are: 360p, 360p,1080p. I have a Jolla Phone with SFOS and YTPlayer 0.6.8.

direc85's picture

Thanks for noticing that. That was a leftover from my failed attempt to implement 1080p support. As YouTube provides 1080p (and up) quality videos as separate audio and video streams now, I have no idea how to accomplish that using Sailfish/Qt/QML.

Version 0.6.9 published accordingly.

Pohli's picture

Thanks for quick fix! About page still says 0.6.8-1. ;-)

direc85's picture

Dang it! :D

Edit: That should have updated actually... Gotta look into it.

direc85's picture

As of writing this, the current youtube-dl version is 2019.09.12.1 which caused my version check sanity checks to fail. I updated the rules and released version 0.6.8 accordingly.

akikk88's picture

Can't play videos any more.. Because there is problem with youtube-dl.

akikk88's picture

Can`t update youtube-dl any more. If i try check update it fail every time. Where is the problem?

direc85's picture

That's right; tge update check fails. I'll fix it soon. Thanks for reporting!

predator2019's picture

Feature request: Beautful app. It would be helpful to install youtube-dl as an dependency when installing ytplayer similar to other linux distributions. Or a message at start that youtube-dl is needed to play youtube videos in ytplayer when youtube-dl is missing. For downloading videos is clear, but to play videos it's not obvious.

direc85's picture

Thanks for feedback. YTPlayer downloads youtube-dl automatically if its not present at startup, but its not updated automatically updated after that. You likely gave too old version of youtube-dl installed, please update it using the Settings menu.

Edit: There was a bug in youtube-dl update mechanism, please update YTPlayer first and then youtube-dl.

akikk88's picture

Lataa videota aika kauan aina aluksi ku laittaa videon pyörimään, pystyiskö sille tehdä mitään? Itse videot pyörii kyllä hienosti itsellä.

bionade24's picture

I get Buffer all the time, even though I have latest yt-dl and good network connection. Earlier, everything worked better. Has anyoone a solution for this problem?

lqramen's picture

Thank you. Works great.

Klaas's picture

Yesterday I downloaded this package. Got that new icon, but could not activate it.  Today the problems are solved like magic.  When I tried to open the icon everything worked well. Thank you for the good work!


Klaas's picture

After downloading and 'installing' of the second version (1.i486) nothing happened. I then downloaded the YTplayer from Jolla store and downloaded the first version  (armv7.hl) and the icon of YTplayer changed into the new icon as above on this page. When tapping on the icon it does not open, the wheel keeps turning for a while and then it disappears from my screen.

Klaas's picture

Hello Direc85, I downloaded the app on my Xperia XA2 (latest update), but installation did not work. The download appears in 'transfers' and when I tap on it nothing happens.

247's picture

Hi, we noticed that if you go to the sailfish home screen and play a video, the video is actually loading (as for searching the stream) much faster than just waiting inside the app, is this a bug?

direc85's picture

I can't reproduce this; both ways seem to be equally slow. I'm using mobile broadband, how about you? Could you provide step by step instructions so I could try to reproduce it again?

There really shouldn't be any difference if the app active or not regarding stream searching...

grucha's picture

Hi, good app.
You can also add playlist view.

wesbluemarine's picture

Hi, thanks for your update, now light themes are perfect with this App.
There's one thing I think is "wrong" for me... When I want to press "play" button on multitasking, it should not open the fullscreen window but stay minimized.

direc85's picture

When the video is already playing, and I minimize the app, the video pauses. Then if I click the play cover action, the video resumes and the app stays minimized. If the play cover action is clicked while the application is on the video details page however, the application is activated and video starts to play. This is intentional, and the cover action works for me.

wrwpoel's picture

When I try to install the application I get a "Nothing provides pyotherside-qml-plugin-python3-qt5 needed by harbour ytplayer-0.6.7-1.armv7hl" error.

direc85's picture

The old cure would be running `pkcon refresh` and try again...

What Sailfish version you are running? What device?

wrwpoel's picture

Thanks, that indeed solved the problem.