FreetuxTV a WebTV player for Ubuntu Linux system. It can be used by french people to watch ADSL TV on the PC with ISPs or by other people to watch WebTV and Web Radio in many languages. The GUI is developed in GTK2+ and is using the VLC engine to display the channels. This tutorial will show you how to install it on Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10.


  • Play channel TV and radio:
    • French ISP: Free, SFR, Orange, Alice, Bouygues…
    • Web TV: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spain
    • Web Radio: English, French, German
  • Play in full screen mode and miniature mode.
  • More than 365 logos of TV channels.
  • Support for keyboard multimedia keys.
  • Add custom groups of channels from M3U playlists.
  • Time shifting.
  • Recording live channels with ability to set duration.
  • Ability to create favorite channels groups.
  • Multi-language interface: English, French, German, Portugese

Install FreetuxTV using PPA:

FreetuxTV Stable PPA provides stable version of FreetuxTV packages for Ubuntu 12.04, 11.10, 11.04. Hit Ctrl+Alt+T, and run following commands to add the PPA and install FreetuxTV:

add ppa:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:freetuxtv/freetuxtv

update and install:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install freetuxtv

FreetuxTV Daily Build PPA provides latest development version for Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04, 11.10, 11.04. To install it, run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:freetuxtv/freetuxtv-dev
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install freetuxtv

(Optional) To Uninstall:

Install ppa-purge via:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

Then, run:

sudo ppa-purge ppa:freetuxtv/freetuxtv


sudo ppa-purge ppa:freetuxtv/freetuxtv-dev