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Beta version! In this version - and every future version - you must enter your own YouTube V3 API Key, Client ID and Client Secret in order to use the application. It is a thing and a half to do, but you can follow this guide to obtain your own keys. This may have implications to your Google account, so do this at your own risk.

There is also an experimental, untested aarch64 version available.

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.

Current versions are 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
File harbour-ytplayer-0.6.17-1.aarch64.rpm1.29 MB31/01/2021 - 04:07
File harbour-ytplayer-0.6.17-1.armv7hl.rpm1.28 MB31/01/2021 - 04:07
File harbour-ytplayer-0.6.17-1.i486.rpm1.31 MB31/01/2021 - 04:07


  • Use youtube-dl instead of youtube-dl-lite for now
  • Update youtube-dl to 2021.01.24.1
  • Remove preinstalled API keys
  • Enable (require) user supplied API keys
  • Release experimental aarch64 version

Full change log can be found in GitHub.


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.

TMavica's picture

Also can add a refresh pull down option in lastest video large?

TMavica's picture

Is too dark to see

TMavica's picture

Using light ambience, the playing progress bar, i cant see the time and the bar

direc85's picture

That's true. I have no idea how I missed that. Thanks!

t0t3u's picture

Can you also include Subscribe option (like uTube has) whitout the need of an YouTube account?

Thank you!

akikk88's picture

Sounds good! :)

direc85's picture

Sailfish SDK 2.1 has been released and the Jolla Store release of YTPlayer is getting closer! Please report all issues as soon as possible! Thanks!

wesbluemarine's picture

I 've created a Pull Request for adding an audio only streaming, do you think is possible?


direc85's picture

Actually I tried to implement 1080p support, which doesn't seem to be possible at the moment but I can still try a few things, and I stumbled upon audio only streams. It doesn't look complicated at all, so audio only might be way easier than I thought :) I'll check your PR if I can isolate your changes.

direc85's picture

I can have a look at it, but please make the pull request to my repo instead, now it's on tworaz's repo. It gets really difficult to figure out the changes this way...

wesbluemarine's picture

Great app!
With black text ambiences the play/pause button is not visible in the tasks grid.

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