How can I play YouTube videos on a Raspberry Pi?

I tried to play in the chromium browser, but it doesn't work there.

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    The chromium browser needs to be the later version 45-ish one AND the RPi should be a quad-core RPi 2. The version that once worked for the single-core RPi was 23 (I think) and I suspect YouTube have changed their formats enough to stop it working (I expect, but do not know)
    – SlySven
    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:39
  • What version do you have? My chromium works perfectly fine with youtube.
    – David C.
    Jan 18, 2016 at 16:18

5 Answers 5


The easiest method I can think of is using Kodi. This should work to a reasonable degree on lower end Pi's.

  1. Install Kodi using 'sudo apt-get install kodi'
  2. Go to System -> Settings
  3. Go to Add-ons
  4. Select 'Install from repository'
  5. Select 'Kodi Add-on repository
  6. Select 'Video add-ons'
  7. Select 'Youtube'
  8. Set up language and region
  9. To launch the add-on, go to the home screen and select 'Videos -> Add-ons -> YouTube'

I don't know about Chromium, but YouTube videos should work under Epiphany and Ice-Weasel. On the RPi, you'll want to view the videos under HTML5. Use YouTube's HTML5 compatibility checker to make sure it's supported in your desired browser.


I suggest using Minimal Kiosk Browser ("kweb" and "kweb3") .

It has extra helper scripts to play youtube in 1080@30 fps , which sets it apart from all browsers which use gstreamer on the Pi Zero or on RPi1 models.

It also includes a GUI for omxplayer , which is very useful.

It is a bit unorthodox and highly customizable , so don't forget to read the manual !


You can get Youtube alternatives on Rasbian OS . You can try downloading Youtubuddy . Try typing commands ,Download Pi-apps

and If it shows "pi-apps update available", that means the install is succesful. click on pi apps icon , click Run in terminal if it asks where to run , then pi apps will open . Go to "all apps" -> "Youtubuddy" -> "install" . When you open youtubuddy , It will look like a degraded rpi version for youtube. Hope you enjoy watching youtube videos !


I had the same issue on raspberry pi2. Chromium was playing the video but it was black and white and messy.(ubuntu-mate)

Solution :

Update your Mozilla Firefox browser :https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/update-firefox-latest-version

I can play at 144/240/360 but it's still lags between audio and video.

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