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  • v0.13.1 Changes

    January 19, 2019
  • v0.13.0 Changes

    January 06, 2019

    ๐Ÿš€ I hope everyone had a happy New Year! There's been a couple new additions since last release, with 44 commits from 9 contributors. It's been quite a year for the project, and I hope to continue improving the project into 2019! Starting off the new year:

  • v0.12.0 Changes

    December 06, 2018

    ๐Ÿš€ Hello again, it's been a while! A lot has happened since the last release. Invidious has seen 134 commits from 3 contributors, and I'm quite happy with the progress that has been made. I enjoyed this past month, and I believe having a monthly release schedule allows me to focus on more long-term improvements, and I hope people enjoy these more substantial updates as well.

  • v0.11.0 Changes

    October 23, 2018

    Week 11: FreeTube and Styling

    This past Friday I'm been very excited to see that FreeTube version 0.4.0 has been released! I'd recommend taking a look at the official patch notes, but to spoil a little bit here: FreeTube now uses the Invidious API for all requests previously sent to YouTube, and has also seen support for playlists, keyboard shortcuts, and more default settings (speed, autoplay, and subtitles). I'm happy to see that FreeTube has reached 500 stars on Github, and I think it's very much deserved. I'd recommend keeping an eye on the newly-launched FreeTube blog for updates on the project.

    ๐Ÿ‘ Quite a few styling changes have been added this past week, including channel subscriber count to the subscribe and unsubscribe buttons. The changes sound small, but they've been a very big improvement and I'm quite satisfied with how they look. Also to note is that partial support for duration in thumbnails have been added with #202. Overall, I think the site is becoming much more pleasing visually, and I hope to continue to improve it.

    โšก๏ธ I've been very pleased to see Invidious in its current state, and I believe it's many times more mature compared to even a month ago. Changes have also started slowing down a bit as it's become more mature, and therefore I'd like to transition to a monthly update schedule in order to provide more comprehensive updates for everyone. I want to thank you all for helping me reach this point. I can't say how happy I am for Invidious to be where it is now.

    ๐Ÿ‘€ Enjoy the rest of your week everyone, I'll see you in November!

  • v0.10.0 Changes

    October 16, 2018

    Week 10: Subscriptions

    This week I'm happy to announce that subscriptions have been drastically sped up with ๐Ÿ‘€ 35e63fa. As I mentioned last week, this essentially "caches" a user's feed, meaning that operations that previously took 20 seconds or timed out, now can load in under a second. I'd take a look at #173 for a sample benchmark. Previously features that made Invidious's feed so useful, such as filtering by unseen and by author would take too long to load, and so instead would timeout. I'm very happy that this has been fixed, and folks can get back to using these features.

    Among some smaller features that have been added this week include #118, which adds, in my opinion, some very attractive subscribe and unsubscribe buttons. I think it's also a bit of a functional improvement as well, since it doesn't require a user to reload the page in order to subscribe or unsubscribe to a channel, and also gives the opportunity to put the channel's sub count on display.

    An option to swap between Reddit and YouTube comments without a page reload has been added with 5eefab6, bringing it somewhat closer in functionality to the popular AlienTube extension, on which it is based (although the extension unfortunately appears now to be fragmented).

    ๐Ÿ›  As always, there are a couple smaller improvements this week, including some minor fixes for geo-bypass with e46e618 and 245d0b5, playlist preferences with 81b4477, and YouTube comments with 02335f3.

    This coming week I'd also recommend keeping an eye on the excellent FreeTube, which is looking forward to a new release. I've been very lucky to work with @PrestonN for the past few weeks to improve the Invidious API, and I'm quite looking forward to the new release.

    ๐Ÿ‘ That's all for this week folks, thank you all again for your continued interest and support.

  • v0.9.0 Changes

    October 08, 2018

    Week 9: Playlists

    Not as much to announce this week, but I'm still quite happy to announce a couple things, namely:

    ๐Ÿ‘ Playback support for playlists has finally been added with 88430a6. You can now view playlists with the &list= query param, as you would on YouTube. You can also view mixes with the mentioned &list=, although they require some extra handling that I would like to add in the coming week, as well as adding playlist looping and shuffle. I think playback support has been a roadblock for more exciting features such as #114, and I look forward to improving the experience.

    ๐Ÿ’„ Comments have had a bit of a cosmetic upgrade with #132, which I think helps better distinguish between Reddit and YouTube comments, as it makes them appear similarly to their respective sites. You can also now switch between YouTube and Reddit comments with a push of a button, which I think is quite an improvement, especially for newer or less popular videos with fewer comments.

    ๐Ÿ“„ I've had a small breakthrough in speeding up users' subscription feeds with PostgreSQL's materialized views. Without going into too much detail, materialized views essentially cache the result of a query, making it possible to run resource-intensive queries once, rather than every time a user visits their feed. In the coming week I hope to push this out to users, and hopefully close #173.

    I haven't had as much time to work on the project this week, but I'm quite happy to have added some new features. Have a great week everyone.

  • v0.8.0 Changes

    October 02, 2018

    Week 8: Mixes

    Hello again!

    ๐Ÿ‘€ Mixes have been added with 20130db, which makes it easy to create a playlist of related content. See #188 for more info on how they work. Currently, they return the first 50 videos rather than a continuous feed to avoid tracking by Google/YouTube, which I think is a good trade-off between usability and privacy, and I hope other folks agree. You can create mixes by adding RD to the beginning of a video ID, an example is provided here based on Big Buck Bunny. I've been quite happy with the results returned for the mixes I've tried, and it is not limited to music, which I think is a big plus. To emulate a continuous feed provided many are used to, using the last video of each mix as a new 'seed' has worked well for me. In the coming week I'd like to to add playback support in the player to listen to these easily.

    A very big thanks to @flourgaz for Docker support with #186. This is an enormous improvement in portability for the project, and opens the door for Heroku support (see #162), and seamless support on Windows. For most users, it should be as easy as running docker-compose up.

    โšก๏ธ I've spent quite a bit of time this past week improving support for geo-bypass (see #92), and am happy to note that Invidious has been able to proxy ~50% of the geo-restricted videos I've tried. In addition, you can now watch geo-restricted videos if you have dash enabled as your preferred quality, for more details see #34 and #185, or last week's update. For folks interested in replicating these results for themselves, I'd take a look here for the script used, and here for a list of videos restricted in the US.

    ๐Ÿ‘€ 1080p has seen a fairly smooth roll-out, although there have been a couple issues reported, mainly #193, which is likely an issue in the player. I've also encountered a couple other issues myself that I would like to investigate. Although none are major, I'd like to keep 1080p opt-in for registered users another week to better address these issues.

    Have an excellent week everyone.

  • v0.7.0 Changes

    September 25, 2018

    Week 7: 1080p and Search Types

    Hello again everyone! I've got quite a couple announcements this week:

    ๐Ÿ‘ Experimental 1080p support has been added with b3ca392, and can be enabled by going to preferences and changing preferred video quality to dash. You can find more details here. Currently quality and speed controls have not yet been integrated into the player, but I'd still appreciate feedback, mainly on any issues with buffering or DASH playback. I hope to integrate 1080p support into the player and push support site-wide in the coming weeks.

    ๐Ÿ‘ You can now filter content types in search with the type:TYPE filter. Supported content types are playlist, channel, and video. More info is available here. I think this is quite an improvement in usability and I hope others find the same.

    ๐Ÿš€ A CHANGELOG has been added to the repository, so folks will now receive a copy of all these updates when cloning. I think this is an improvement in hosting the project, as it is no longer tied to the /releases tab on Github or the posts on Patreon.

    Recently, users have been reporting 504s when attempting to access their subscriptions, which is tracked in #173. This is most likely caused by an uptick in usage, which I am absolutely grateful for, but unfortunately has resulted in an increase in costs for hosting the site, which is why I will be bumping my goal on Patreon from $60 to $80. I would appreciate any feedback on how subscriptions could be improved.

    Other minor improvements include:

    • โž• Additional regions added to bypass geo-block with 9a78523
    • ๐Ÿ›  Fix for playlists containing less than 100 videos (previously shown as empty) with 35ac887
    • ๐Ÿ›  Fix for published date for Reddit comments (previously showing negative seconds) with 6e09202

    ๐Ÿ‘ Thank you everyone for your support!

  • v0.6.0 Changes

    September 18, 2018

    Week 6: Filters and Thumbnails

    Hello again! This week I'm happy to mention a couple new features to search as well as some miscellaneous usability improvements.

    ๐Ÿ‘€ You can now constrain your search query to a specific channel with the channel:CHANNEL filter (see #165 for more details). Unfortunately, other search filters combined with channel search are not yet supported. I hope to add support for them in the coming weeks.

    โšก๏ธ You can also now search only your subscriptions by adding subscriptions:true to your query (see #30 for more details). It's not quite ready for widespread use but I would appreciate feedback as the site updates to fully support it. Other search filters are not yet supported with subscriptions:true, but I hope to add more functionality to this as well.

    With #153 and #168 all images on the site are now proxied through Invidious. In addition to offering the user more protection from Google's eyes, it also allows the site to automatically pick out the highest resolution thumbnail for videos. I think this is quite a large aesthetic improvement and I hope others will find the same.

    As a smaller improvement to the site, you can also now view RSS feeds for playlists with #113.

    ๐Ÿš€ These updates are also now listed under Github's releases. I'm also planning on adding them as a in the repository itself so people can receive a copy with the project's source.

    ๐Ÿ‘ That's all for this week. Thank you everyone for your support!

  • v0.5.0 Changes

    September 11, 2018

    ๐Ÿ”’ Week 5: Privacy and Security

    ๐Ÿ‘ I hope everyone had a good weekend! This past week I've been fixing some issues that have been brought to my attention to help better protect users and help them keep their anonymity.

    ๐Ÿ›  An issue with open referers has been fixed with 29a2186, which prevents potential redirects to external sites on actions such as login or modifying preferences.

    โž• Additionally, X-XSS-Protection, X-Content-Type-Options, and X-Frame-Options headers have been added with 96234e5, which should keep users safer while using the site.

    ๐Ÿ›  A potential XSS vector has also been fixed in YouTube comments with 8c45694.

    ๐Ÿ†“ All the above vulnerabilities were brought to my attention by someone who wishes to remain anonymous, but I would like to say again here how thankful I am. If anyone else would like to get in touch please feel free to email me at [email protected] or [email protected].

    ๐Ÿ‘ This week a couple changes have been made to better protect user's privacy as well. ๐Ÿฑ All CSS and JS assets are now served locally with 3ec684a, which means users no longer need to whitelist Although I personally have encountered few issues, I understand that many folks would like to keep their browsing activity contained to as few parties as possible. In the coming week I also hope to proxy YouTube images, so that no user data is sent to Google.

    YouTube links in comments now should redirect properly to the Invidious alternate with 1c8bd67 and cf63c82, so users can more easily evade Google tracking.

    I'm also happy to mention a couple quality of life features this week:

    ๐Ÿ‘€ Invidious now shows a video's "license" if provided, see #159 for more details. You can also search for videos licensed under the creative commons with "QUERY features:creative_commons".

    ๐Ÿ‘€ Videos with only one source will always display the cog for changing quality, so that users can see what quality is currently playing. See #158 for more details.

    Folks have also probably noticed that the gutters on either side of the screen have been shrunk down quite significantly, so that more of the screen is filled with content. Hopefully this can be improved even more in the coming weeks.

    "Music", "Sports", and "Popular on YouTube" channels now properly display their videos. You can subscribe to these channels just as you would normally.

    ๐Ÿ“ฑ This coming week I'm planning on spending time with my family, so I unfortunately may not be as responsive. I do still hope to add some smaller features for next week however, and I hope to continue development soon. ๐Ÿ‘ Thank you everyone again for your support.