Watch YouTube Without Ads with FreeTube for Mac, Windows, Linux
YouTube is the webs most popular video site by a long shot, practically serving as a television replacement for millions. But as any Youtube viewer knows, the ads can be very aggressive and there are times where you’ll have to watch a 30 second ad before you can watch one minute of content, which is not exactly a great experience. Other times you may be watching a video of music or a movie, or even a workout, and suddenly your watching experience is interrupted by interstitial ads and commercials, that can be distracting and annoying. Wouldn’t it be nice to watch YouTube without the ads?
Is an ad-free YouTube experience possible, for free? And the answer to that question is yes, thanks to FreeTube.
FreeTube is a free app that lets you watch YouTube videos without ads
You can grab FreeTube for free from Github for your platform of choice:
If you’re unfamiliar with downloading apps from Github, check out this article for some guidance. As a Mac user you’ll likely want to get the “freetube-0.xx-x-mac-x64.dmg” or .zip file to get the built app, unless you’re looking to browse through the source code or get a version for a different operating system.
When you attempt to open FreeTube, the Mac will state the developer is not recognized and offer a warning about opening the app. You can right-click on the FreeTube app and choose ‘Open’ to bypass that warning.
You can search for YouTube videos or channels that you’d like to enjoy:
And then watch you’re able to enjoy favorite YouTube videos without ads:
It’s important to remember that ad blockers have a negative impact on the creators, whether that’s a YouTube channel, a website like you’re reading now, a game or app, or any other content provider that is ad-supported (which is much of the web). Thus it’s a good idea to be mindful of your ad blocker usage, and be sure to whitelist sites and channels that you want to support (like osxdaily.com), so that they can continue to provide articles, videos, and whatever other content, for free.
Thanks to MJTsai.com for the heads up about this cool app. If you have any recommendations for similar apps, share them with us in the comments.