FreeTube - The YouTube client built for privacy
FreeTube is an Open Source desktop client that allows you to watch YouTube in a more private manner than usual. Prevent YouTube from tracking your viewing habits along with other features, including:
- Watch videos without ads
- Make API calls through the Tor network
- Subscribe to channels without an account
- Local subscriptions, history, and saved videos
- Export & import subscriptions
- Open videos from your browser directly into FreeTube (with extension)
- Mini Player
- Light / dark theme
Why am I asking for donations?
In an effort to be transparent, I want to make it very clear that donations are not necessary in any way with FreeTube. I make FreeTube in my own spare time and have no need to make money off of the project. I have set up this donation platform as it was requested by a few generous users of FreeTube. Progress speed will not increase or decrease because of donations. Only donate if you really want to. I really appreciate any and everyone that has taken the time to send a donation.
What will the donations be used for?
Donations will be used for domain and hosting costs to keep the website up and running. If the amount of donations exceed the amount needed to keep the website up and running, donations will then be used to pay for publishing costs in order to properly sign FreeTube for Windows and Mac systems. It is required to sign the application to prevent system virus protection from marking FreeTube as a virus. This can cost more than $200/year for Windows machines and $100/year for Mac devices. I am prepared to make these costs myself but these will be my "stretch goals" for now.
Total Cost Rundown
The total costs that are needed for FreeTube are as follows:
- $45/year - Domain Costs
- $60/year - Keep the website up and running
- $200/year - Pay for Windows Code Signing License
- $100/year - Pay for Mac Code Signing License
To do the math for you, this translates to ~$34/month or ~$8.50/week. This makes $8.50/week the goal in order for FreeTube to be fully funded.
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