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Frontends

Sometimes services will try to force you to sign up for an account by blocking access to content with annoying popups. They might also break without JavaScript enabled. These frontends can allow you to get around these restrictions.

LBRY

Librarian

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Librarian is a free and open-source frontend for Odysee (LBRY) that is also self-hostable.

There are a number of public instances, with some instances having Tor onion services support.

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Librarian does not proxy video streams by default. Videos watched through Librarian will still make direct connections to Odysee's servers (e.g. odycdn.com); however, some instances may enable proxying which would be detailed in the instance's privacy policy.

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Librarian is useful if you want watch LBRY content on mobile without mandatory telemetry and if you want to disable JavaScript in your browser, as is the case with Tor Browser on the Safest security level.

When self-hosting, it is important that you have other people using your instance as well in order for you to blend in. You should be careful with where and how you are hosting Librarian, as other peoples' usage will be linked to your hosting.

When you are using a Librarian instance, make sure to read the privacy policy of that specific instance. Librarian instances can be modified by their owners and therefore may not reflect the default policy. Librarian instances feature a "privacy nutrition label" to provide an overview of their policy. Some instances have Tor .onion addresses which may grant some privacy as long as your search queries don't contain PII (Personally Identifiable Information).

Twitter

Nitter

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Nitter is a free and open-source frontend for Twitter that is also self-hostable.

There are a number of public instances, with some instances having Tor onion services support.

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Nitter is useful if you want to browser Twitter content without having to log in and if you want to disable JavaScript in your browser, as is the case with Tor Browser on the Safest security level. It also allows you to create RSS feeds for Twitter.

When self-hosting, it is important that you have other people using your instance as well in order for you to blend in. You should be careful with where and how you are hosting Nitter, as other peoples' usage will be linked to your hosting.

When you are using a Nitter instance, make sure to read the privacy policy of that specific instance. Nitter instances can be modified by their owners and therefore may not reflect the default policy. Some instances have Tor .onion addresses which may grant some privacy as long as your search queries don't contain PII (Personally Identifiable Information).

YouTube

FreeTube

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FreeTube is a free and open-source desktop application for YouTube. When using FreeTube, your subscription list and playlists are saved locally on your device.

By default, FreeTube blocks all YouTube advertisements. In addition, FreeTube optionally integrates with SponsorBlock to help you skip sponsored video segments.

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When using FreeTube, your IP address may still be known to YouTube, Invidious or SponsorBlock depending on your configuration. Consider using a VPN or Tor if your threat model requires hiding your IP address.

NewPipe (Android)

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NewPipe is a free and open-source Android application for YouTube, SoundCloud, media.ccc.de, Bandcamp, and PeerTube (1).

Your subscription list and playlists are saved locally on your Android device.

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  1. The default instance is FramaTube, however more can be added via SettingsContentPeerTube instances

Warning

When using NewPipe, your IP address will be visible to the video providers used. Consider using a VPN or Tor if your threat model requires hiding your IP address.

Invidious

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Invidious is a free and open-source frontend for YouTube that is also self-hostable.

There are a number of public instances, with some instances having Tor onion services support.

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Warning

Invidious does not proxy video streams by default. Videos watched through Invidious will still make direct connections to Google's servers (e.g. googlevideo.com); however, some instances support video proxying—simply enable Proxy videos within the instances' settings or add &local=true to the URL.

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Invidious is useful if you want to disable JavaScript in your browser, such as Tor Browser on the Safest security level. It does not provide privacy by itself, and we don’t recommend logging into any accounts.

When self-hosting, it is important that you have other people using your instance as well in order for you to blend in. You should be careful with where and how you are hosting Invidious, as other peoples' usage will be linked to your hosting.

When you are using an Invidious instance, make sure to read the privacy policy of that specific instance. Invidious instances can be modified by their owners and therefore may not reflect their associated privacy policy. Some instances have Tor .onion addresses which may grant some privacy as long as your search queries don't contain PII (Personally Identifiable Information).

Piped

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Piped is a free and open-source frontend for YouTube that is also self-hostable.

Piped requires JavaScript in order to function and there are a number of public instances.

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Piped is useful if you want to use SponsorBlock without installing an extension or to access age-restricted content without an account. It does not provide privacy by itself, and we don’t recommend logging into any accounts.

When self-hosting, it is important that you have other people using your instance as well in order for you to blend in. You should be careful with where and how you are hosting Piped, as other peoples' usage will be linked to your hosting.

When you are using a Piped instance, make sure to read the privacy policy of that specific instance. Piped instances can be modified by their owners and therefore may not reflect their associated privacy policy.