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Playing YouTube videos on an embedded system can fail, due to the limited CPU resources available.

Playing YouTube video on Raspbian

The Raspberry Pi CPU is not powerful enough to play YouTube videos. There is a workaround:

  • Download the MP4 file from YouTube
  • Play the MP4 file using omxplayer

The omxplayer does not use the CPU (for video). It is using the GPU; this way you can play YouTube video's'.

(Could anybody explain how to configure omxplayer as a standard YouTube player without downloading and manually playing the video file?)