How to Install Freetube on Manjaro 21 Linux

FreeTube is a free, open-source YouTube player that lets you watch videos without advertisements and prevents Google from tracking your browsing activity with cookies or JavaScript. Thanks to Electron, you can use it for Windows, Mac & Linux!

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Freetube on Manjaro 21 Linux. The tutorial will use the command line terminal with yay AUR helper. Ideally, most users may be using some wrapper for Pacman; for new users, it is essential to install one to keep your packages up-to-date while you learn Arch/Manjaro.

Update Manjaro

Before proceeding with the tutorial, it is good to ensure your system is up-to-date with all existing packages.

sudo pacman -Syu

Install yay Helper

To begin the installation, you must have GIT installed to import the yay repository to install/build. From your command terminal, use the following code to begin the installation.

sudo pacman -S --needed --noconfirm base-devel git

Now clone the yay archive using the following terminal command.

git clone

Next, move the archive to the /OPT/ directory. This is a good location for any other archive installs, keep everything located, and traditionally the directory is a commonly used area for different applications.

sudo mv yay-git /opt/

Now navigate to the yay-git directory location.

cd /opt/yay-git

Build the package using the makepkg command.

makepkg -si

Install Freetube

Now that you have installed the package management helper, you can install the software using the following command.

yay -S freetube-bin --noconfirm

Remove –noconfirm to manually go through the installation questions instead of selecting the default answers.

How to Launch Freetube

Now that you have completed the installation launching, it can be done in a few ways.

Using the command line terminal, you can open the software quickly by using the following command.


The best way to use Freetube for desktop users that prefer not to use the command line terminal is to open the GUI of the application by following the path.

Taskbar > Games > Freetube


How to Install Freetube on Manjaro 21 Linux

From here, you can search or enter URL destinations, see what’s trending, and much more. Freetube is straightforward to use, with the settings section a choice for first-time users since you can customize your theme, external player settings, distraction-free settings, and much more.


How to Install Freetube on Manjaro 21 Linux


How to Install Freetube on Manjaro 21 Linux

How to Update/Upgrade Freetube

The best way to upgrade the software is to use the following terminal command.

yay -Syu --devel --timeupdate

Note it is advised to run terminal commands now and then even if you have set up AUR auto-updates using the automatic GUI updater; this ensures you are not missing anything.

How to Remove (Uninstall) Freetube

When you no longer want the software installed on your system, use the following command to remove it.

yay -Rns freetube-bin --noconfirm

Optionally, you can run the following command to clean up any leftover unused dependencies, and this is highly recommended to run, so your system does not become bloated.

yay -Yc

Comments and Conclusion

If you’re looking for an open-source, privacy-focused way to watch YouTube videos without ads or being tracked by Google, FreeTube is a good option. Thanks to Electron, it’s available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, so it should work on most devices.


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