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Minitube is a YouTube desktop application. It is written in C++ using the Qt framework. Contributing is welcome, especially in the Linux desktop integration area.

Translating Minitube to your language

Translations are done at https://www.transifex.com/projects/p/minitube/ Just register and apply for a language team. Please don't request translation merges on GitHub.

Google API Key

Google is now requiring an API key in order to access YouTube Data web services. Create a "Browser Key" at https://console.developers.google.com

The key must be specified at compile time as shown below. Alternatively Minitube can read an API key from the GOOGLE_API_KEY environment variable.

Build instructions

To compile Minitube you need at least Qt 5.0. The following Qt modules are needed: core, gui, widgets, network, sql (using the Sqlite plugin), declarative, dbus.

To be able to build on a Debian (or derivative) system:

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential qttools5-dev-tools qt5-qmake  qtdeclarative5-dev libphonon4qt5-dev libqt5sql5-sqlite qt5-default


$ make

Beware of the Qt 4 version of qmake!


$ build/target/minitube

Installing on Linux:

$ sudo make install

This is for packagers. End users should not install applications in this way.

A word about Phonon on Linux

To be able to actually watch videos you need a working Phonon setup. Please don't report bugs about this, ask for help on your distribution support channels.

Legal Stuff

Copyright (C) Flavio Tordini

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.