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There are quite a few YouTube apps for Linux today. SF Tube is a new one that has an elegant user interface with easy to use download options.

SF Tube, formerly FluTube, is a free libre and open-source app made using Google’s flutter. So far, it provides packages for Linux, Android, and Windows.

The app provides a beautiful user interface with Home, Like, Downloads, and Settings tabs. A ‘search‘ button is available in top-right corner, allows to search in YouTube. And, the results are displayed along with download buttons.

By clicking on download, it pop-up a dialog allows to choose download ‘Video + Audio‘, ‘Audio only‘, or ‘Video only‘ with quality options.

On the ‘⤓’ tab, it shows history downloads as well as current downloading process if any. As well, each video/audio has a delete button in the right.

In any page clicking on a video will open the detail page with descriptions, comments, as well as share, like, download buttons. Sadly, the video playback is not implemented at the moment of writing though the developer is now working on it!

SF Tube Dark Mode

Other features of SF Tube include:

  • Download via YouTube url via ‘+’ button.
  • Dark / Light mode.
  • Lightweight and fast.
  • No Login Required.
  • Playlists support.
  • Ads free forever.

Install SF Tube in Ubuntu & other Linux:

The app provides packages in the Github releases page under ‘Assets’ section:

Linux user may choose the non-install .Appimage package. Add executable permission via file’s ‘Properties’ dialog, and finally click run it to launch the app.

Ubuntu, Debian and Linux Mint based systems may just download the ‘.deb‘ package and double-click on file to install the app.

As well, a Linux tarball is available. Grab and then extract the package, then user may run the executable from extracted folder to launch the YouTube app.

That’s all. Enjoy!

uGet download manager

uGet download manager has reached the new stable 2.2 release series. The new release features ability to download from Youtube.

“uGet respects the YouTube Policies so depending on the individual settings of a video it may not be possible to download video from YouTube. The vast majority of videos will be available for use in uGet. The reason this was done instead of using something youtube-dl is because this method allows uGet for Android to also download YouTube videos as well as not have to worry about the ever changing APIs of YouTube that consistently break alternative methods of downloading.” uGet team announced.

The “uGet Chrome Wrapper” browser extension is compatible with Firefox, Chromium, Google Chrome, Opera, and Vivaldi. It will be renamed in the near future to better reflect the functionality.

uGet 2.2.0 features:

  • Support for downloading from YouTube
  • Support for downloading from MEGA
  • Batch Downloading up to 3 Wildcard Ranges
  • Better support for Wayland
  • New Browser Extension: uGet Chrome Wrapper

How to Install uGet 2.2.0 in Ubuntu:

The new release has been made into uGet Stable PPA, available for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and Ubuntu 18.04.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or from app launcher, and then run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:plushuang-tw/uget-stable

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

uGet Stable PPA

2. Then upgrade the download manager from an existing release via Software Updater:

or you can run following 2 commands to check updates and install / upgrade uGet:

sudo apt-get update 

sudo apt-get install uget

How to Remove:

Run following command in terminal will remove the PPA and also downgrade to the stock version of uGet in your Ubuntu system:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:plushuang-tw/uget-stable

If you want to remove uGet download manager, simply search for and remove it via “Ubuntu Software” utility.

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to download Youtube Video and convert to animated gif base on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise or 12.10 Quantal.

To download Youtube Videos:

There are quite a few ways to download Youtube videos from Ubuntu Linux. Here’re some of them:

1.) If you’re Firefox user, install Video DownloadHelper plugin. It downloads any embedded object including Youtube videos.

2.) Install the tool youtube-dl:

sudo apt-get install youtube-dl

Then download videos via command line way:

youtube-dl YouTube-video-link

3.) Install Minitube which is available in Ubuntu Software Center. From this application you can watch and download youtube videos:


To convert Youtube video to animated gif:

QGifer is a simple GUI tool for extracting part of a video to an animated GIF file. It works on Windows and Linux.


  • GIF extraction from a video file
  • Color palette editor
  • Variable color palette support
  • Dithering
  • Text rendering
  • Graphics insertion
  • Object interpolation
  • Cropping
  • Filtering
  • Looping by appending reversed copy
  • GIF optimization through ImageMagick
  • Project management
  • Translations: English, Swedish, Polish, Russian

See the video:

To install it on Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04:

1.) Install the required dependencies:

sudo apt-get install libopencv-core2.3 libopencv-highgui2.3 libopencv-imgproc2.3

2.) Run following 3 commands one by one to install the app from ppa:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:samrog131/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install qgifer