minitube on LinuxMint 14 64-bit

Updated (April 06 2013)

sudo apt-get install minitube

Then launch it using

minitube

If that works, you are lucky. You don’t need to read further.

(Note: You can open the app with these steps but the playback does not work. My primary goal was to download them I was able to bring up the app and download the videos.)

One line

sudo apt-get install libqtgui4 libqt4-xml libqt4-network libqt4-dbus phonon-backend-vlc
wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/p/phonon/libphonon4_4.7.0really4.6.0-0ubuntu2_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i libphonon4_4.7.0really4.6.0-0ubuntu2_i386.deb

Long Story

minitube is great desktop program to watch youtube. It is very easy to install it on windows but  on Linux(LinuxMint|Ubuntu) and especially 64-bit linux versions it is a pain, as  minitube is available only in 32-bit for linux.

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One of the key requirements is is libphonon4. If you try sudo apt-get install libphonon4 it installs a 64 bit version of the library. ./minitube gives an error saying it is not able to find libphonon4.so.4.

The trick is download and install the i386 ( 32-bit) library. I don’t know how to install 32 bit libraries directly with sudo apt-get . So I downloaded the 32 version from

wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/p/phonon/libphonon4_4.7.0really4.6.0-0ubuntu2_i386.deb

and installed it using dpkg -i.

You can also click on the .deb package but it says the library is already installed. You have to ignore the error and  click on install.

Note: I think these steps should work fine for Ubuntu 13 -64 bit version as well.

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