YouTube without Google

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by summerheat, May 9, 2019.

  1. summerheat

    summerheat Registered Member

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    Google is omnipresent. But you can avoid it completely when watching YouTube videos.

    https://invidio.us/ is a YouTube frontend whose source code can be found on github.

    As mentioned javascript is not required unless you want to see the comments for each video.

    However, if you open the invidio.us site you'll see that it fetches the videos from googlevideo.com (for which you would need to add a noop rule in uBlock Origin if you're using its Dynamic Filtering in default deny mode). Hence, Google could still see you IP.

    BUT: There is a Firefox add-on called Invidition which redirects all YouTube requests to invidio.us - regardless if you open youtube.com directly or want to watch a YouTube video embedded on any website. The great thing is that this add-on has an option "Force Proxy" which forces the use of an available proxy on invidio.us which in turn means that you won't see any network requests to googlevideo.com any more.

    There you have it: a Google-free YouTube :thumb:

    EDIT: The neccessary ruleset in uBO seems to be:

    Code:
    * invidio.us * noop
    * youtube.com sub_frame allow
    * youtube.com/iframe_api script allow
    The add-on author presents a ruleset for uMatrix here and for Noscript here.

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  2. Beyonder

    Beyonder Registered Member

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    Is there a Chrome extension?
     
  3. summerheat

    summerheat Registered Member

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    I haven't checked that.
     
  4. Beyonder

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