Author Topic: PeerTube - a decentralized & free alternative for video broadcasting  (Read 237 times)


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PeerTube is a free and open-source, decentralized, federated video platform powered by ActivityPub and WebTorrent, that uses peer-to-peer technology to reduce load on individual servers when viewing videos.

Started in 2015 by a programmer known as Chocobozzz, development of PeerTube is now supported by the French non-profit Framasoft. The aim is to provide an alternative to centralized platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion.


PeerTube uses WebTorrent technology. Each server hosts a torrent tracker and each web browser viewing a video also shares it. This allows to share the load between the server itself and the clients as well as the bandwidth used through P2P technology.

The system works via a federation of instances run by independent entities. Each PeerTube server can host any number of videos by itself, and can additionally federate with other servers to let users watch their videos in the same user interface. This federation permits collectively hosting a large number of videos in a unified platform, without having to build an infrastructure comparable to that of the web giants. Each server is operated by and stays under the sole administration of a distinct entity.


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Re: PeerTube - a decentralized & free alternative for video broadcasting
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2020, 01:47:46 AM »
I like the idea of this.  Youtube has way too much control in this space.

> Framasoft

Framasoft is also worth exploring.  Some stuff is translated into English but a lot isn't.  Still worth poking around.  Oui?