How to search for YouTube videos on the Debian GNOME desktop

Every time you want to play a video on YouTube, you need to open a web browser, then go to the YouTube website and finally search for the video. But what if you get the opportunity to search and play YouTube videos directly from your system without opening a web browser? I can show you how to do this on a Linux based operating system. The Gnome shell includes a YouTube search provider extension that allows you to search and play YouTube videos directly from the app window. With the extension, you can play YouTube videos in your favorite video player. The extension supports some video players, such as VLC, SMPlayer, UMplayer, Totem, Miro, mpv. If your system does not have these video players, the video will play in your web browser.

The extension provides a convenient way to search and play videos on YouTube without using a web browser and YouTube website. Just press the Windows key on your keyboard and find any video on YouTube by entering its name.

In this article, we’ll show you how to search for YouTube videos on a Debian-based operating system with the Gnome shell extension. We will use Debian 10 to describe the procedure mentioned in this article.

Install the YouTube Search Provider Extension

We will need to run the Software Center on our Debian OS in order to install the YouTube search provider extension. To do this, press the Windows key on the keyboard. The trait menu appears. On the left, click the Software Center icon, as shown below.

Then in the software center search bar enter YouTube searchWhen the results appear, click on YouTube Search Engine extension as shown in the screenshot below.

How to search for YouTube videos on the Debian GNOME desktop

Now just click on set button to start installation YouTube Search Provider expansion.

How to search for YouTube videos on the Debian GNOME desktop

You will then be asked to confirm. Click on the set Button to confirm.

How to search for YouTube videos on the Debian GNOME desktop

Installation takes only a few seconds. Then the extension will be enabled automatically.

Now you can search for videos on YouTube directly from the overlay. Click on the activity tab in the upper left corner of the desktop or press the Windows key to open the dash menu. Now in the search bar, enter the name of the video and you will get the results, as shown in the following screenshot. Click on any YouTube video to play.

How to search for YouTube videos on the Debian GNOME desktop

The selected video will be played on your default video player.

How to search for YouTube videos on the Debian GNOME desktop

The YouTube search extension supports some extensions, such as VLC, SMPlayer, UMplayer, Totem, Miro, mpv. If you do not have a video player from one of these supported video players, then the selected video will play in your default web browser.

How to search for YouTube videos on the Debian GNOME desktop

Extension Settings

To change the default behavior of the extension, go to the Software Center Installed Tab, and then scroll down to open the YouTube search provider extension. Then click on Extension Settings, How to search for YouTube videos on the Debian GNOME desktop

Here you will find a set of configuration options.

View Options

From there, select the video player in which you want to play the video. Choose from VLC (default option), SMPlayer, UMplayer, Totem, Miro and mpv.

How to search for YouTube videos on the Debian GNOME desktop

Search options

Here you will find several search filters:

  1. Order search results by number of views, download date, rating, title, number of videos.
  2. Search for videos newer than the specified time and date
  3. Enable or disable secure search
  4. Watch only those videos that have captions
  5. Search for SD or HD videos
  6. Filter video by video duration
  7. Search only 2D or 3D video
  8. Filter video by specific license
  9. Limit your search to a specific type of video, such as movies or episodes.

How to search for YouTube videos on the Debian GNOME desktop

Here’s how you can install the YouTube search provider extension on your Debian OS. Now searching and playing YouTube videos is just one click away from your desktop.

How to search for YouTube videos on the Debian GNOME desktop

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