Today I learned how to use Youtube without ever logging in to the site. This is a combination of subscribing to channels via RSS and then using
youtube-dl dependency) to stream the content locally.
Here is how it works.
First subscribe to your favourite channel via RSS. You need to retrieve the channel’s id or username, which you will implement in the corresponding url template:
# Templates https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?user=THE-USERNAME https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=THE-ID # Example with my channel's actual url (last part is the id) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0uTPqBCFIpZxlz_Lv1tk_g # Example with my channel's RSS feed https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=UC0uTPqBCFIpZxlz_Lv1tk_g
Now you are good to go. When you receive an update in your RSS reader, copy the link, open a terminal and execute the following:
# Template mpv link-to-video # Example with my latest seminar mpv https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDjJ6vY0plk
My RSS reader is
newsboat which makes things even better, as I remain close to the command line.
mpv to stream videos is a solid method to degoogle part of your online activity without losing out on some valuable content. I strongly recommend checking out
man mpv and the relevant Arch wiki entry for cool ways to optimise your experience.