You can now watch GNOME Twitch Without Flash on Linux

Twitch.tv is so famous we don’t think it needs a big introduction.

The video streaming site is massively popular and it has become the heartbeat of our modern gaming culture because it allows gamers share the experience of playing.

The site is the go-to place if you want to check out gameplay for  the latest titles or to just spend some quaity time watching  retro gaming classics. Users can interact with and chat with fellow gamers, developers and channels; a feature which helps to truly immerse gamers in everything gaming.

Twitch is like YouTube in the sense that it streams online in the browser. It works just fine on Linux with Flash installed but the thing is: Flash sucks,e specially compared to the latest HTML version. But while a HTML5 Twitch.tv player is still under development, it is not yet default for all users on the site and this is where GNOME Twitch comes in.

GNOME Twitch — Watch Twitch on the Desktop

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GNOME Twitch is an open-source desktop Twitch app with which you can watch Twitch streams on the Linux desktop without having to open a browser or use Flash.

With the app, you can discover channels, browse by game title, watch streams and favorite channels in order to easily find them again later on. The app will even notify you when a channel you have favorited is broadcasting live without you needing to log in.

searching for games on twitch

You can log in with a Twitch.tv account to be able to interact using the built-in chat features and sync you favorite channels to/from Twitch app.

If you have been looking for an alternative to Twitch.tv in the browser, GNOME Twitch is your answer.

GNOME Twitch 0.2.0 Features: 

  • Channel browsing/searching
  • Chat integration
  • Desktop notifications when faved channel goes live
  • Twitch login
  • Watch and pause streams on the desktop

Installing GNOME Twitch On Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

You can install GNOME Twitch to use the latest release (v0.2.0) from the following third-party PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:samoilov-lex/gnome-twitch
sudo apt update && sudo apt install gnome-twitch

Or you can just download the GNOME-Twitch .deb package directly for a 32-bit or 64-bit system.

After downloading, launch the app from the Unity Dash or the equivalent app launcher on your desktop.

Are you already using Twitch? Let us know your favorite Twitch channels in the comments section below.

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Okoi Martins Jr.
I'm a Computer Scientist with a passion for learning new things in fields ranging from theoretical implications of computer science and mathematical modeling to web development and music. In my spare time, I listen to music, read like a compiler, and learn like an A.I algorithm.

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