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w3m+mpv=magic by TheOuterLinux


Using w3m’s external browser (SHIFT+M) shortcut set to “mpv --vo=opengl --ao=alsa,” (--vo=drm for TTY), you can watch videos that are embedded in the current URL. This is due to a combination of a mobile user-agent (MP4 > FLV) and mpv using youtube-dl to hunt and play videos or live streams. Therefore, this method will work with any website that youtube-dl supports: https://rg3.github.io/youtube-dl/supportedsites.html. Another thing to note, because of w3m now defaulting to a mobile user-agent, I recommend duplicating the original config file for when you need to load a website that may give you JavaScript errors (i.e., “w3m -config ~/.w3m/config-desktop”). I created an alias for this as “w3m-desktop” to make things faster.

Notes: https://gitlab.com/TheOuterLinux/BitChuteNotes

(Notes are from the BitChute version of videos)

Keywords: command line, Linux, Unix, network, w3m, help, howto, tutorial, video

Video License: CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0