#youtube #cli #tui #terminal

app ytsub

A subscriptions only TUI Youtube client that uses the Invidious API

6 releases (3 breaking)

0.4.0 Feb 6, 2023
0.3.1 Oct 16, 2022
0.2.0 May 31, 2022
0.1.1 May 13, 2022

#955 in Command line utilities

38 downloads per month

GPL-3.0 license



ytsub is a subscriptions only tui youtube client that uses the invidious api.



mpv and yt-dlp are optional dependencies for playing videos.

sqlite is a required dependency. If it is not available on the system, it can be compiled and linked by enabling the bundled_sqlite feature when building with cargo:

cargo build --features bundled_sqlite



cargo install ytsub

# or
cargo install ytsub --features bundled_sqlite

Arch Linux

ytsub is available in the AUR as stable source package, stable binary package and latest development package. You can install it using your preferred AUR helper.

# stable source package
paru -S ytsub

# stable binary package
paru -S ytsub-bin

# latest development package
paru -S ytsub-git


Usage: ytsub [OPTIONS] [COMMAND]

  import  Import subscriptions
  export  Export subscriptions
  help    Print this message or the help of the given subcommand(s)

  -c, --config <FILE>                       Path to configuration file
  -n, --no-config <no_config>               Ignore configuration file
  -d, --database <FILE>                     Path to database file
  -s, --instances <FILE>                    Path to instances file
  -g, --gen-instances <gen_instances_list>  Generate Invidious instances file
      --video-player <VIDEO PLAYER>         Path to video player
  -h, --help                                Print help information
  -V, --version                             Print version information

For default key bindings, press ctrl-h in the app or refer to the example config.toml file.


Default directory of the configuration files is $HOME/.config/ytsub.

File Description
config.toml option, key binding and theme configurations
instances list of invidious instances


Path to the configuration file can be specified with the -c flag.

Example config.toml with default values

# Options

database = "/home/username/.local/share/ytsub/videos.db" # Path to database file
instances = "/home/username/.config/ytsub/instances" # Path to instances file
tabs = ["videos"] # Tabs to fetch videos from [possible values: videos, shorts, streams]
api = "invidious" # API to be used for fetching videos [possible values: invidious, local]
refresh_threshold = 600 # Time in seconds that needs to pass before refreshing a channel using the refresh_channels command
rss_threshold = 125 # Use RSS if the number of channels being refreshed or being subscribed to exceeds the specified amount
tick_rate = 200 # Tick rate in milliseconds
request_timeout = 5 # Request timeout in seconds
highlight_symbol = "" # Symbol to highlight selected items
video_player = "mpv" # Path to video player
hide_watched = false # Hide watched videos by default

# Theme

# fg and bg fields can be set with rgb (ex: "255, 255, 255"),
# hex (ex: "#ffffff") or named colors.
# Valid color names are Black, Red, Green, Yellow, Blue, Magenta
# Cyan, Gray, DarkGray, LightRed, LightGreen, LightGreen,
# LightYellow, LightBlue, LightMagenta, LightCyan, White and Reset.

# Valid modifiers are bold, dim, italic, underlined,
# slow_blink, rapid_blink, reversed, hidden and crossed_out.

# Example:
# [title]
# fg = "#123456"
# bg = "10, 250, 99"
# modifiers = "bold reversed italic"

# Example with alternative syntax:
# title = { fg = "#123456", bg = "10, 250, 99", modifiers = "bold reversed italic" }

# Block titles
fg = "Cyan"
modifiers = "bold"
# Channel, Title, Length and Date headers
fg = "Yellow"
modifiers = "bold"
# Selected item in inactive block
fg = "Blue"
modifiers = "bold"
# Selected item in active block
fg = "Magenta"
modifiers = "bold"
# Watched videos
fg = "DarkGray"
# Selected watched video in inactive block
# Overrides the modifiers of [selected]. If fg and bg are set, they are patched to [selected]
# Selected watched video in active block
# Overrides the modifiers of [focused]. If fg and bg are set, they are patched to [focused]
# Border of selected block
fg = "Magenta"
# Error message
fg = "Red"
# Warning message
fg = "Yellow"
# Key bindings in the help window
fg = "Green"

# Key Bindings

# Valid key codes are backspace, space, enter, left, right, up, down, home, end
# pageup, pagedown, tab, backtab, del, delete, insert, esc, escape and characters.

# Valid modifiers are ctrl, shift and alt.

# Multiple key bindings can be set in a single line.
# Example: "escape q ctrl-c" = "quit"

# A default binding can be removed by setting it to an empty string.
# Example: "q" = ""

"1" = "set_mode_subs" # Switch to subscriptions mode
"2" = "set_mode_latest_videos" # Switch to latest videos mode
"j down" = "on_down" # Go one line downward
"k up" = "on_up" # Go one line upward
"h left" = "on_left" # Switch to channels block
"l right" = "on_right" # Switch to videos block
"g" = "select_first" # Jump to the first line in the list
"G" = "select_last" # Jump to the last line in the list
"c" = "jump_to_channel" # Jump to the channel of the selected video from latest videos mode
"t" = "toggle_hide" # Hide/unhide watched videos
"i" = "subscribe" # Enter editing mode to enter channel id or url
"d" = "unsubscribe" # Open confirmation window to unsubcribe from the selected channel
"D" = "delete_video" # Delete the selected video from database
"/" = "search_forward" # Enter editing mode to make a forward search
"?" = "search_backward" # Enter editing mode to make a backward search
"n" = "repeat_last_search" # Search with the latest pattern and direction
"N" = "repeat_last_search_opposite" # Search with the latest pattern and opposite direction
"s" = "switch_api" # Switch between the available APIs
"r" = "refresh_channel" # Refresh videos of the selected channel
"R" = "refresh_channels" # Refresh videos of every channel
"F" = "refresh_failed_channels" # Refresh videos of channels which their latest refresh was a failure
"o" = "open_in_invidious" # Open channel or video Invidious page in browser
"O" = "open_in_youtube" # Open channel or video Youtube page in browser
"p" = "play_video" # Play selected video in a video player (default: mpv)
"m" = "toggle_watched" # Mark/unmark selected video as watched
"ctrl-h" = "toggle_help" # Toggle help window
"T" = "toggle_tag" # Toggle tag window
"q ctrl-c" = "quit" # Quit application

"space" = "toggle_selection" # Select/Unselect channel
"a" = "select_all" # Select all channels
"z" = "deselect_all" # Deselect all channels
"enter" = "import" # Import selected channels

"i" = "create_tag"
"d" = "delete_tag"
"r" = "rename_tag"
"s" = "select_channels" # Pick channels for the tag
"space" = "toggle_selection" # Select/Unselect tag
"a" = "select_all" # Select all tags
"z" = "deselect_all" # Deselect all tags

"enter" = "confirm" # Confirm the selection of channels
"escape" = "abort" # Drop changes
"space" = "toggle_selection" # Select/Unselect channel
"a" = "select_all" # Select all channels
"z" = "deselect_all" # Deselect all channels


A custom path to the instances file can be specified with the -i flag. The file can either be manually created by adding instances that have api enabled or automatically generated from the instances in https://api.invidious.io by running the app with -g flag. Every instance entry is separated by a line. If the instances file doesn't exist, every time the app is launched, instances list will be built from https://api.invidious.io.

Example instances file



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