Tuesday, October 12

Minitube 1.2 Released With Support for Video Downloads


Minitube desktop client for Youtube, got a new release that brings support for downloading videos. The feature was much requested by the users and the developers did not disappoint them. For those who don't know, a small note about it from the website:

Minitube is a YouTube desktop client. With it you can watch YouTube videos in a new way: you type a keyword, Minitube gives you an endless video stream. Minitube is not about cloning the original YouTube web interface, it aims to create a new TV-like experience.

The new version 1.2 brings some minor enhancements as well.  

UPDATE: A PPA is available now for Minitube thanks to Ferramosca Roberto. To install run the following commnads: 

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/minitube
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install minitube

You can now comfortably skip the steps below to install Minitube.

Download the archive from here and extract it. Install the dependencies by running following commands:

sudo apt-get install libqt4-network phonon-backend-gstreamer gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad 

Now go to the extracted directory, run the file minitubes with executable permissions. If for some reason, video is not playing, run the following command:

sudo apt-get remove phonon-backend-xine

How to create a menu entry under Sound and Video:
  1. Right click your application menus and click on Edit Menus
  2. Go to Sound and Videos and click on New Item
  3. In the name section enter Minitube
  4. In the command section, click on Browse and navigate to the folder where you extracted minitube and select the file minitube
  5. Click on the Icon Picture and go to the the minitubes folder. Open data folder and select the file minitube.svg
  6. Add a comment if you wish, something like desktop youtube client.
  7. Go to Applications > Sound and Videos > Minitube to launch it.

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