Everyone has heard of YouTube by now, the famous video sharing platform owned by Google. Whenever you want to see a music video, or search for a tutorial, you turn to it for the answer. But nowadays, YouTube has become much more than just a video sharing system, for some, it has become a way of earning money. They accomplish this by gathering a large number of views to their videos and applying some marketing strategies to earn more money.

But nonetheless, the vast majority of youtubers visit the site to listen to music. However, sometimes videos do not work in some parts of the world, due to the copyright laws. This can lead to errors that do not let you view those videos. Have you ever encountered the YouTube error which tells you that a certain video is not allowed in your country due to some copyright rules? If so, then you know how aggravating that can be. But luckily for us, there is a solution to this problem. An extension, available for both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome that allows you view those restricted videos.

Use ProxTube to access restricted YouTube videos

The tool is called ProxTube and it is a extension, available for download for free. For Mozilla Firefox users, the add-on is available on the web store for install. Although in the Google Chrome browser you are not allowed to install extensions from third party websites, you can still install this extension using this method:

  1. Download ProxTube for Chrome.
  2. Open Google Chrome and navigate to “Options -> Tools -> Extensions”.
  3. When the Extensions page opens, drag and drop the “.crx” file in the list.

This is how simple it is. Now you can enjoy any video on YouTube without any restrictions thanks to this tool developed by Malte, a 17 year-old student from Germany who was really annoyed by those copyright restrictions. Thank you for this gift, Malte, may you have a long career and build us more tools like ProxTube!


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I often wonder, where is technology heading? What do all of these advances mean for us and for our future? I sometimes miss the days when I didn’t know how to use a floppy disk, or how a computer CPU works, but now, until I find an answer to my questions, I’ll keep tracking these advances and show everything I find to those who share my interests.