How can I watch youtube in Whonix Workstation?


How can I watch youtube in Whonix Workstation? None of the browsers support it. Nether Firefox nor Chromium that I installed myself.
Is there any way to make it work?

None of the browsers play online video on Whonix-Workstation
Am I the only one who has a problem with Youtube in Whonix Workstation?

Good day,

Under normal circunstance, watching Videos should be possible with any browser if JavaScript is active and the VRam set accordingly.

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Thanks for the answer. I wonder if you could point me in the right direction of how to do it. (i’m not an expert on this subject). Thanks in advance.


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Simply turning of NoScript in the Tor Browser Bundle should be enough to watch Youtube Videos.

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Ttied that - nothing. Nothing works in my case. Not the Tor browser with NoScript off, nor the Firefox, nor the Crhomium. I’ve installed all kinds of plugins in Firefox for HTML5 - same result.
Why is it like this? A simple video in simple Youtube is suddenly an issue? Can anybody resolve this at all??
I’m using Virtualbox, like most the people here, I believe. Am I the only one to have that problem??


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Usually Youtube should Showcase some Kind of error in that case. Is there nothing? Also, what Kind of Settings do you have under Graphics?

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Hi Ego, thanks for answering.
The video as if appears to start but it never does and it holds. No errors it’s just frozen, a motionless picture. I can drag the slider and get pictures of the clip but it does not stream.

As far as graphic I tried default - nothing. I tried to enable everything I could - nothing either. Now I have full video memory of 128 MB and 3D acceleration on, but it simply ain’t working.
I’m on Dell XPS 13
Any ideas?


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Then I have no idea where the issue may lie. Did you try reinstalling VBox and did you verify the Images?

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Can anybody from this community help me with Youtube video? None of the browsers provided support it. It just freezes - no streaming. How come such a trivial thing as Youtube is not supported? I tried all kinds of plugins for Firefox and Chromium that installed - nothing works.
Does this distro at all support Youtube? Can anybody suggest what to do?


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Just merged the threads, there is no sense in creating two threads for the same question.

Furthermore, Whonix Supports YouTube without issue. Under a similar configuration, I, as well as many others, can use it without issue.

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Than what is wrong with my setup? My host is on KDE as well (Kubuntu). What can possible be wrong? I searched "“debian+youtube+issue” and get nothing, as if Google does not know about it. As if I’m a sole person on this planet to have such an issue.


None of the browsers plays on-line video on Whonix-Workstation.
Can someone help?


what, there is nobody here who can help??? No video support in the browsers - not possible to use Youtube in none of the browsers and nobody gives a damn??? Why is called “support” then?


Good day,

I already told you, creating a new thread for this won’t get People to help you faster.

If you’d use the Forum search you’d know that other People can use Youtube on Whonix in a similar Setup just fine.

Here is an example: Tor Browser can't play MP4 files

YouTube is working using HTML5.

It works fine for a lot of other People, including myself, so there is no one who can help you since this isn’t a known issue.

Yes, nobody can help, since you give no Information. I already asked you in post #7 whether you’d verified the Images and reinstalled VBox.

You ignored that.

Also, if you really want to figure out whether the issue lies with Whonix, try this: Set up a Debian VM on your System. Try Youtube on there. If it doesn’t work, we know where the issue lies.

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If I may suggest a test. Start a new VM and install another OS. Then see if you can view Youtube videos in it with a plain browser. Maybe that is a good place to start.




On Tor Browser, you should both turn NoScript off and set the Security Level to “Standard”.

YouTube videos will not play (for me at least) with the “Safer” and “Safest” settings.