Play YouTube Videos without FlashPlayer

System: BeOS, Haiku, Zeta

IMPORTANT: this is still a dirty hack. It's a just a proof-of-concept and not a full solution. but it works (at least for me). Test it, use it and enjoy it at your own risk. I assume no responsibility.


Today we dont have a Flash player for BeOS, Haiku and Zeta (we hope for a port of Gnash) so we dont can watch videos from websites like YouTube.

Andrea Anzani from the italian HAIKU usergroup made a firefox plugin who can play youtube videos using the vlc player. To do that you need the latest Firefox and the firefox add-on Geasemonkey, the latest VLC Player and the firefox plugin FakeFlashPlugin for BeOS.

First check if the vlc is installed on the right place. It need to installed to /boot/apps/vlc. The name of the program need to named like the folder (vlc ). If you use Zeta, you find the vlc player at /boot/apps/Video/DVDPlayer. Dont move the player from there to the needed position. Create a link or make a copy of it, because you dont can run the player from the software menu any more. Rename the folder into vlc and the name of the program too.

Download the FakeFlashPlugin and copy it into the plugins folder of the firefox folder. If this folder does not exists, create it.

Restart the firefox browser and type into the adress line about:plugins. If the plugin is installed correctly you can see it here.



Download and install the Firefox Add-On Greasemonkey.



Finaly you need to run the Script Play and Download YouTube for BeOS.

Visit YouTube in order to test if a video is running. Klick on a video and the vlc player starts and play the movie.



Thanks to Andrea Anzani for this trick.


Tutorial created using a template of Andrea Anzani (HAIKU UG Italiano)
by Christian Albrecht (Lelldorin) November 2007
Made available by BeSly, the BeOS, Haiku and Zeta knowledgebase.