Take back the power… and the responsibilities!
PeerTube isn’t a single video hosting platform with a single group of rules: it’s a network of dozens of interconnected hosting providers, and each provider is composed of different people and administrators. You don’t like some of the rules? You’re free to join the hosting provider of your choice, or even better, be your own hosting provider with your own rules!
Take control of your content
PeerTube allows you to share all your videos. Being in direct contact with a human hosting provider (or becoming your own) allows you to choose how their broadcasting is done. Your videos will benefit from tools to fill description, categorization, choosing a preview image and marking videos as not safe for work. Tweaking the Support button will allow you to show your audience how you want them to support your work.
Putting the users first
You’re a person, not a product. PeerTube is a free/libre software financed by a French non-profit organization: Framasoft. All instances are created, animated, moderated and maintained independently. PeerTube isn’t submitted by any company monopole, doesn’t depend on ads and doesn’t track you. With PeerTube you’re not a product: PeerTube is at your service, not the other way around.
Become an actor of your videos broadcasting
When you watch a video with PeerTube, the WebTorrent technology allows you to be part of the broadcasting of this video with the viewers who are watching it at the same time. This video stream sharing allows a healthier distribution of exchanges on the network. Moreover, the federation protocol (ActivityPub) allows to publish the videos and comments on other platforms that support it, such as Mastodon! (experimental)
List of instances on which you can register:
Install your own
If you are interested in running your own instance — for your friends, family or organization — you can get started by reading the installation documentation.
You’ll only host your own users and their own videos. Your can define the number of available registrations and a disk quota per user. Only videos from instances you have chosen to follow will show up on your homepage.
How it works
Everybody can host a PeerTube server we call instance. Every instance hosts its own users and their videos. It also keeps a list of the videos available of the instances the administrator chooses to follow in order to suggest them to its users.
Every account has a globally unique identifier (e.g. @firstname.lastname@example.org) consisting of the local username (@chocobozzz) and the domain name of the server it is on (framatube.org).
The administrators of a PeerTube instance can follow each other. When your PeerTube instance follows another PeerTube instance, you receive the videos preview informations from this instance. This way, you can display the videos available on your instance and on the instances you decided to follow. So you keep control of the videos displayed on your PeerTube instance!
Why is that cool?
Servers are run independently by different people and organizations. They can apply wildly different moderation policies, so you can find or make one that fits your taste perfectly.
By watching a video, you help the hosting provider to broadcast it by becoming a broadcaster of the video yourself. Each instance doesn’t need much money to broadcast the videos of its users.