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An open-source YouTube player for the Android operating system, without ads.

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Innovative Features

  • Video blocker which includes the following features:
    • Channel blacklisting
    • Channel whitelisting
    • Block videos if their language is not the same as the user's preferred one(s)
    • Low views video blocking
    • High dislikes video blocking
    • Icon in the toolbar displaying how many videos were blocked
  • Videos watched or partially watched are marked accordingly. Resume playing feature also implemented.
  • Video swipe controls, including volume, brightness, comments and video description controls.
  • Bookmark videos
  • Import subscriptions from YouTube
  • Play channels' playlists
  • Download videos
  • Ability to play the video faster - or slower than live. [New!]
  • View and download video thumbnails
  • Doesn't display any adverts when browsing or playing videos
  • Backup and restore bookmarks and subscriptions (all stored locally on your device)

Traditional Features

  • Explore Featured and Most Popular videos
  • Browse YouTube channels
  • Play YouTube videos
  • View video comments
  • Search videos, music and channels
  • Channel subscription & non-intrusive notifications
  • Subscriptions feed

More features will be added in the near future.


Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later. For techies, that means an API level of 14 or greater.


Feature SkyTube Extra SkyTube
Description Contains extra features that are powered by non-OSS libraries. Fully open-source and free software.
GPLv3 license
Official YouTube player support*
Chromecast Support*
Updates availability Immediate Normally up to 5 days
Download APK Download SkyTube Extra APK Download SkyTube (Vanilla) APK

* powered by a closed-source, third-party library.

Why SkyTube?

  • Free and Open-Source
  • Innovative design
  • No intrusive ads
  • Multilingual
  • Not dependent on GAPPS/Google Apps (i.e. YouTube official app)
  • No need for Google/YouTube account to operate
  • My code does not spy on your behaviour!



Subscriptions Video Blocker

Play video Browse channel


Browse channel using tablet


This project was possible with the support and contribution of numerous volunteers and third-party projects.

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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 (version 3 of the License).

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

This project is not affiliated with YouTube™ or any of its partners and/or products. YouTube™ and Android™ are registered trademarks of Google Inc.

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