Watching web videos
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Watching web videos directly


Playing videos in GNOME MPV

You can watch YouTube, Vimeo, etc. videos directly in a program GNOME MPV. Install it from Software Center if you haven't already, and start it up, click the + icon...

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...then Open Location and paste the video link:

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Your video should load in GNOME MPV:

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NOTE: This blog post also explains how you can load the entire YouTube playlist: https://puri.sm/posts/youtube-streaming-with-less-interruptions-and-more-privacy/.

Playing videos in Gnome MPV directly from PureBrowser

Start PureBrowser and install this extension: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/open-with/ (click Download Anyway to install it).

Then go to Add-ons"Open With" addonPreferences and set Main context menu (links) to Display as menu items, set others to Don't display:

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Then click on Add... button and find a file io.github.GnomeMpv.desktop, select it and click open:

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You can click the new menu item entry you've created to edit its name, for example into "GNOME MPV". Now when right-click on a link you will have this menu entry which will pass the link to GNOME MPV, see the example with YouTube:

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...and Vimeo:

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NOTE: This right-click menu entry will show up on any link, but obviously only links to online videos will work in GNOME MPV. Here is a list of supported video websites: https://rg3.github.io/youtube-dl/supportedsites.html.
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