Take back the control of your videos! Help us acheive a decentralized video hosting network, based on free/libre software.


The project


PeerTube is a practical answer to all video-tubes that centralize our data and attention. With it, videos can be hosted by the people, with the people, for the people.


PeerTube is a software anyone can install on a server, to get a data-friendly video-hosting platform, called a PeerTube Instance. PeerTube combines:


  ○ A free-libre license, that guarantees code transparency and legally allows you to use and contribute to the software;

  ○ A federation system, to widen the audience of the videos you host by syncing your instance with the ones you choose to (within the federation);

  ○ Peer-to-peer streaming, to make streaming resilient and fast  when a video goes viral.






In November 2017, we raised donations from our French-speaking audience to help us finance PeerTube development and test PeerTube on a large scale.


Last march, we released PeerTube in public beta! Medias, collectives, video-makers and even cities... people already made more than a hundred PeerTube instances hosting more than 7500 videos!


You can go and see by yourself the JoinPeertube website, a list of all the existing instances, the software source code... and even watch some videos on Framatube, our PeerTube instance!





Now, PeerTube both needs to come out of its French-speaking shell and lacks key features to become a practical alternative to data-centralizing video platforms. This is where you come in.

Why fund it?


Let's learn from the past mistakes... Today's video-platforms, such as Google's YouTube, Facebook Videos or Vimeo:


Have a non-transparent closed-source code. No one but their NDA-binded employees can go "under the hood" to watch out for non-ethical code;

Centralize our data and attention. Their advertisement-based economic model can only be fed by our privacy.

Imply huge technical infrastructures. Their centralized video-hosting model can only be sustained by big companies. That's how they get to impose us their terms and conditions.





PeerTube is already (and legally) all yours!


We are not making our video-platform: we are creating a tool for anyone to make their own! The Free-Libre software licence attached to PeerTube is a legally-biding open contract.  It allows anyone to use, study, adapt and contribute to PeerTube.


PeerTube gives you (or your community) the opportunity to host your own video-tube. You can emancipate yourself from data-centralizing and attention-craving platforms, without becoming another isolated video-website lost on the web.


If you host, you rule: PeerTube Instances hosters can choose their own terms and conditions, moderation management, federations settings (what other PeerTube instances you choose to follow), etc. But remember: with great power comes great responsibilities!


If we have proven that PeerTube works fine, it still needs to grow into its full potential.






20 000 € goal: PeerTube v1, clean and simple

(note: €20 000 ~ 23 450 USD)


With your help, we can get PeerTube to its first stable release, its v1, planned for October, 2018. You will finance the development of:


  ○ Interface localization, to support multiple languages;

  ○ Video subtitles, to facilitate video accessibility for diverse audiences;

  ○ RSS feeds, to follow instances, users and channels through RSS protocol;

  ○ Video import from URL (YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, etc.) or torrent file;

  ○ Improved and advanced search feature;

  ○ Software stability (bug fixes) and scalability.


Moreover, you can help us get this alternative known all over the world by sharing this page and inviting people to #JoinPeertube!




45 000 € stretch goal: PeerTube Deluxe v1

(note: €45 000 ~ 52 800 USD)


There are important features we dream of including into the v1. We hope you will contribute so far as to helping us finance:


  ○ Video redundancy (to share bandwidth between instances or as fallback if the original instance is down)

  ○ Subscriptions to users & channels throughout the federation (for users to subscribe to whatever they want regardless of their instance federation settings)




75 000 € stretch goal: let's pave the road to v2!

(note: €75 000 ~ 88 000 USD)


PeerTube isn't a quick and easy fix to data-centralization through video platforms. It's an alternative that will grow and emancipate internet users on the long run. At this point, your contributions will help us:


  ○ Finance the development of a webapp that will be available on Android and iOS app stores;

  ○ Contribute to the ActivityPub community. ActivityPub is the groundbreaking federation protocol that runs PeerTube's federation and also Mastodon's (a federated Twitter alternative);

  ○ Secure PeerTube's lead developer employment after the V1 release (oct. 2018);

  ○ Pave the road to V2, where our priority will be a plugin system to facilitate the development of personnalized features and displays.




We don't aim to make a profit out of PeerTube: we just want a sensible and practical YouTube alternative to come true, and be available for anyone.


Here is how we plan to spend the money you will contribute to this project



  ○ 60 % on development and technical fees;

  ○ 20 % on community outreach;

    • 15 % on communication (videos, websites, etc.);

    • 5 % on contribution to the federation (ActivityPub, helping other instances, etc.);

  ○ 10 % on project coordination and logistics;

  ○ 10 % on banking and crowdfunding fees.





We are Framasoft, a French non-profit


Framasoft is a small French non profit of 35 members, including 8 employees. We define ourselves as "a bunch of friends who want to change the world, one byte at a time."


Since 2004, we have been promoting Free-Libre software and its culture through practical and useful projects: Free-Libre Software directory and USB keys, a blog and a publishing house, etc.





Between 2014-2017 we raised awareness on data-centralization by big data companies with our De-google-ify the Internet campaign.


We showed that Free-Libre software-based services are an ethical alternative by hosting (and contributing to) 32 alternative solutions to services like Twitter, Skype, WeTransfer, Facebook, GoogleDocs and even Minecraft!



From 2017 to 2020, our roadmap is called Contributopia, and we aim to create alternatives thought "out of big data's box", facilitate the hosting and spreading of ethical web services, and help the digital lives of anyone who wants a contributors' society.


We are financed at 95% through individual donations (the 5% left being T-shirt and book sales).


French non-profit promoting Free-Libre and Open-Source Software and its Culture.

FAQ Questions about the project

+ Why are the rewards purely honorary?

Because we have nothing to sell!

If we offered T-shirts, stickers and other physical rewards (which involve shipping costs), it would have a financial (and human) cost that would add to the objective of this crowdfunding.

We prefer to consider your participation in this campaign as a donation, as a contribution to this free-libre software, which everyone can use, study and adapt to their convenience.

+ Why did you launch this crowdfunding?

To help us finance the evolution of this software, but also to make it known outside the French-speaking world.

We derive no financial benefit from developing this software and making it known.

Our objective is purely militant: we want an alternative to YouTube and other centralizing platforms. And we want it to be an ethical alternative that respects everyone's data and freedoms.

+ Will PeerTube replace YouTube?

Certainly not today, and probably not tomorrow! But it is something we imagine and hope for in the long term.

PeerTube is a project with strong potential, because with its principles of federation and peer-to-peer streaming, it is designed in contrast to centralizing platforms, and challenges their hegemony.

The idea is to create a virtuous circle: the more features this software will have, the more people will be interested in it, and the more people will want to contribute to it (for example by coding THE thing they miss!).

It won't happen overnight, but as we they say in Framasoft: "The road may be long, but it's a free way!".

(free as in "free speach", of course ;) )

+ Who made you these beautiful illustrations and this video?

Yes: it's beautiful, isn't it?

The animation video and illustrations were created by the non-profit LILA (LIbre comme L'Art - libreart.info), more precisely by Aryeom assisted by Jehan.

We were delighted to work with them on this order, because in addition to being free-culture activists (their creations are under free-libre license) they are great professionals.

If you like their work, don't hesitate to check out their ZeMarmot animation project, which is beautiful! ( film.zemarmot.net)

+ Where can I ask you more about PeerTube?

The best is to ask them directly on our forum to discuss them with as many people as possible: https://framacolibri.org/c/peertube

If you work for a media and want to talk about the software and this campaign, you can contact us at medias [at] framasoft [dot] org.

Newest comments

Bravo et merci à Framasoft pour tout, tout, tout, depuis si longtemps !
Je nous souhaite le meilleur, vous remercie d'ouvrir la voie, d'être des modèles dans le génie et la détermination !!
La route est longue, la voie est libre, c'est vachement plus rapide avec un moteur ! :D