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README.md

PeerTube

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Federated (ActivityPub) video streaming platform using P2P (BitTorrent) directly in the web browser with WebTorrent.

Client
devDependency Status

Server
Build Status Dependencies Status devDependency Status JavaScript Style Guide


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Features

Video streaming

Just upload your videos, and be sure they will stream anywhere. Add a description, some tags and your video will be discoverable by the entire video fediverse, not just your instance. You can even embed a player on your favorite website!


Keep in touch with video creators

Follow your favorite channels from PeerTube or really any other place. No need to have an account on the instance you watched a video to follow its author, you can do all of that from the Fediverse (Mastodon, Pleroma and plenty others), or just with good ol' RSS.


An interface to call home

Be it as a user or an instance administrator, you can decide what your experience will be like. Don't like the colors? They are easy to change. Don't want to list videos of an instance but let your users subscribe to them? Don't like the regular web client? All of that can be changed, and much more. No UX dark pattern, no mining your data, no video recommendation bullshit™.


Communities that help each other

In addition to visitors using WebTorrent to share the load among them, instances can help each other by caching one another's videos. This way even small instances have a way to show content to a wider audience, as they will be shouldered by friend instances (more about that in our redundancy guide).

Content creators can get help from their viewers in the simplest way possible: a support button showing a message linking to their donation accounts or really anything else. No more pay-per-view and advertisements that hurt visitors and incentivize alter creativity (more about that in our FAQ).


Want to see it in action?

Motivation

We can't build a FOSS video streaming alternative to YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo... with centralized software. One organization alone may not have enough money to pay for bandwidth and video storage of its servers.

So we need to have a decentralized network of servers seeding videos (as Diaspora for example). But it's not enough because one video could become popular and overload the server. That is why we need to use a P2P protocol to limit the server load. Thanks to WebTorrent, we can make BitTorrent inside the web browser, as of today.

📦 Create your own instance

Dependencies

  • nginx
  • PostgreSQL >= 9.6
  • Redis >= 2.8.18
  • NodeJS >= 8.x
  • yarn >= 1.x
  • FFmpeg >= 3.x

See the production guide, which is the recommended way.

See the community packages, which cover various platforms (including YunoHost and Docker).

🔧 Contribute/Translate/Test

Spoiler alert: you don't need to be a coder to help!

See the contributing guide. Or simply join the cheerful bunch that makes our community:

📖 Documentation

If you have a question, please try to find the answer in the FAQ first.

User documentation

See the user documentation.

Admin documentation

See how to create your own instance.

See the more general admin documentation.

Tools

Technical documentation

See ARCHITECTURE.md for a more detailed explanation of the architectural choices.

Backend

  • REST API:
  • Servers communicate with each other with Activity Pub.
  • Each server has its own users who query it (search videos, query where the torrent URI of this specific video is...).
  • When a user uploads a video, the server sends its followers metadata about the video (name, short description, torrent URI...).
  • A server is a tracker responsible for all the videos uploaded on it.
  • Even if nobody watches a video, it is seeded by the server (through WebSeed protocol) where the video was uploaded.

Here are some simple schemes:

Decentralized Watch a video Watch a P2P video

❤️ Supports of our crowdfunding

We have run a crowdfunding campaign to pave the road to the version 1.0.0 of PeerTube. Thanks to everyone who pitched in and shared the news around!

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Copyright (C) 2018 PeerTube Contributors

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