📺 tube is a Youtube-like (without censorship and features you don't need!) Video Sharing App written in Go which also supports automatic transcoding to MP4 H.265 AAC, multiple collections and RSS feed.
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tube is a Youtube-like (without censorship and features you don't need!) Video Sharing App written in Go which also supports automatic transcoding to MP4 H.264 AAC, multiple collections and RSS feed.


  • Easy to add videos (just move a file into the folder)
  • Easy to upload videos (just use the builtin uploader and automatic transcoder!)
  • Builtin ffmpeg-based Transcoder that automatically converts your uploaded content to MP4 H.264 / AAC
  • Builtin automatic thumbnail generator
  • No database (video info pulled from file metadata, or files next to it)
  • No JavaScript (the player UI is entirely HTML, except for the uploader which degrades!))
  • Easy to customize CSS and HTML template
  • Automatically generates RSS feed (at /feed.xml)
  • Clean, simple, familiar UI


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Getting Started

Prebuilt Release Binaries

  1. Go grab the latest binary from the Releases page for your platform / operating system.
  2. Extract the archive.
  3. Run ./tube

Open in your Browser!

Published Docker Images

$ docker pull prologic/tube
$ docker run -p 8000:8000 -v /path/to/data:/data

Open http://DOCKER_MACHINE_IP:8000/ in your Browser!

Where DOCKER_MACHINE_IP is the IP Address of your Docker Node.

Building From Source

$ git clone https://git.mills.io/prologic/tube
$ cd tube
$ make build
$ ./tube

Open in your Browser!

A Production Deployment

A Production Deployment can be found at https://tube.mills.io/ -- This is run and managed via a Docker Swarm cluster with a Docker-Compose / Stack very similiar to the one you can find in the repo: docker-compose.yml

Beyond this a "Production Deployment" is out-of-scope at this time for the documentation being provided here. Please don't hesitate to file an Issue however for ask for help or advice or contact the author directly!


tube can be configured to suit your particular needs and comes by default with a sensbile set of defaults. There is also a default configuration at the top-level config.json that you can use as a start point and modify to suite your needs.

To Run tube with a provided configuration just pass the -c /path/to/config option; for example:

$ tube -c config.json

Everything in the configuration is optional as the builtin defaults are used if you do not supply anything, omit some sections or values or the configuration is invalid. Refer to the default config.json for the builtin defaults (this files matches the builtin defaults).

Here are some documentation on key configuration items:

Library Options and Upload / Video Paths(s)

    "library": [
            "path": "videos",
            "prefix": "",
            "preserve_upload_filename": false
  • Set path to the value of the path where you want to store videos and where tube will watch for new video files to show up.
  • Set prefix to add a directory component in the video URL.
  • Set the (optional) preserve_upload_filename parameter to true, to to preserve the name of files that are uploaded to this location.

When tube sees a video file in path it will read the metadata directly from the video file. Next it will look for a .yml file with the same stem (Same filename, different extension). Any tag extracted from the video file can be overridden here.

title: Something Funny
description: A short little funny video

Lastly, tube will look for a .jpg file with the same stem, to use as thumbnail image.

You can add more than one location for video files.

    "library": [
            "path": "/path/to/cat/videos",
            "prefix": "cats",
            "preserve_upload_filename": true
            "path": "relative/dog/directory/",
            "prefix": "dogs"

The path will be visible on the upload page and clients can select a destination for their uploads. Both prefix and path need to be unique.

Server Options / Upload Path and Max Upload Size

    "server": {
        "host": "",
        "port": 8000,
        "store_path": "tube.db",
        "upload_path": "uploads",
        "preserve_upload_filename": false,
        "max_upload_size": 104857600
  • Set host to the interface you wish to bind to. If you want to only bind your local machine (ie: localhost) set this to
  • Set port to any port you wish to bind the listening socket of the server to. It doesn't matter what it is as long as there it doesn't collide with a port already in use on your system.
  • Set store_path to a directory where tube will store statistics on videos viewed.
  • Set upload_path to a directory that you wish to use as a temporary working space for tube to store uploaded videos and process them. This can be a tmpfs file system for example for faster I/O.
  • Set preserve_upload_filename parameter to true and tube will try to preserve the filename that was transmitted by the client. The default is to give random filenames to uploaded files. If you set it to true in the "server" node, it will be active for all library locations.
  • Set max_upload_size to the maximum number of bytes you wish to impose on uploaded and imported videos. Upload(s)/Import(s) that exceed this size will by denied by the server. This is a saftey measure so as to not DoS the Tube server instance. Set it to a sensible value you see fit.

Thumbnailer / Transcoder Timeouts

    "thumbnailer": {
        "timeout": 60
    "transcoder": {
        "timeout": 300,
        "sizes": null
  • Set timeout to the no. of seconds to permit for thumbnail generation and video transcoding. This value has to be large enough for thumbnail generation and transcoding to take place depending on the max_upload_size permitted. These values also depend on the underlying performance of the machine Tube runs on. Use sensible values for your max_upload_size + system performance. This is a safety measure to ensure background processed do not run away and/or hog system resources. The thumbnailer and transcoder processes will be killed if their execution time exceeds these values.

  • Set sizes to an map of size => suffix that you wish to support for transcoding videos to lower quality on Upload/Import. This is especially useful for serving up videos to users that have poor bandwidth or where data charges are high for them. The following is a valid map:

    "transcoder": {
        "sizes": {
          "hd720": "720p",
          "hd480": "480p",
          "nhd":   "360p",
          "film":  "240p"

Transcoding is currently done into am MP4 container with H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec. HEVC / H.265 It is easy to add, but due to current browser and mobile device limitation we stick with H.264 as default for now. If you want to add H.265 support, we are open for pull requests that allow configuring the target codec e.g. via the transcoder section in config.json.

Optionally Require Password for Uploading

You might be hosting a page where the public can view video, but you don't want others to be able to upload and add content.

By specifying a password as an environment variable when running tube you can require this password to be provided when you access /upload. The username will always be uploader.

$ auth_password=upload123 tube -c config.json

Feed (RSS) Configuration

    "feed": {
        "external_url": "",
        "title": "Feed Title",
        "link": "http://your-url.example/about",
        "description": "Feed Description",
        "author": {
            "name": "Author Name",
            "email": "author@somewhere.example"
        "copyright": "Copyright Text"
  • Fill these values out as you see fit. If you are familiar with RSS these should be straight forward :)

Content Proprietary Notices Configuration

{ "copyright": { "content": "All Content herein Public Domain and User Contributed." } }


Thank you to all those that have contributed to this project, battle-tested it, used it in their own projects or products, fixed bugs, improved performance and even fix tiny typos in documentation! Thank you and keep contributing!

You can find an AUTHORS file where we keep a list of contributors to the project. If you contribute a PR please consider adding your name there. There is also Github's own Contributors statistics.


tube source code is available under the MIT License.

Previously based off of tube by davy wybiral .

App icon is licensed under the Apache license from Google Noto Emoji.