Desktop YouTube app ‘MiniTube’ has been updated with a new ‘compact mode’.

The feature reduces the app window to the size of the video, showing nothing but the video and window title bar.

Compact mode also forces MiniTube to stay on top of other windows, making it useful for watching and working at the same time.

compact mode in MiniTube 1.8

Other features and bug fixes appearing in MiniTube 1.8 include: –

  • Adaptive video title font size
  • Unity Quicklist
  • Selecting a recent keyword now also sets the searchbox text

Other features of MiniTube not exclusive to this release, but still worth mentioning in case you’ve not heard of the application before, include: –

  • Flash-free video playback
  • 1080p playback support
  • Social sharing of video links
  • Continuous playback based on keyword of channel


This latest release of MiniTube is not available to install from the Ubuntu Software Center, but it can be downloaded from the developer’s website.

Download MiniTube for Linux

Fixing Ubuntu 12.04 Bug

A pesky Gstreamer bug prevents playback of videos in MiniTube on Ubuntu 12.04 – but a workaround is available.

See this blog post for more information.

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