DTube: Decentralized Video Sharing & Uploading Platform?

At such a torrid period when Vloggers and budding YouTubers are getting it rough, DTube might be the best place for those who aren’t satisfied with it. Just to let you know, YouTube started the year 2018 by adjusting its monetization program.

Out of the adjustment, content creators whose channels are yet to amass 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of total view time will no longer get a buck. Expectedly, the YouTube community is livid about it!

What is DTube?

To a layman who is probably dissatisfied with YouTube, DTube is a lovely, more lucrative platform that’s a lot like YouTube. Unlike it, however, anyone can upload and watch video clips on the IPFS network. The platform is developed to use STEEM as its database, and the best thing about it is, it rewards for each upload!

DTube will be integrated with Steem blockchain to allow uploading of new videos and sharing of them via a user interface that’s liked to the Steem blockchain. By its original setup, DTube is a decentralized service and will be a better alternative to Vimeo as well.

The uploaded video is stored at ipfs.io, another decentralized and distributed, trustworthy content network in the cloud. The storage is still linked with Steem blockchain. But just to let you know, it is the very blockchain where all posts published to the DTube community are accessible. One will use such interfaces as Steemit.com, Busy.org, eSteem and many others.

How DTube Works

  • It uses Steem blockchain as database and thus 100% decentralized.
  • IPFS is its static file storage.
  • It copies the design of YouTube for near-similar user experience.
  • Since it is based on a STEEM blockchain and thus each search directive would need to communicate with the steem node directly, the search bar is powered by AskSteem.

Tests and Findings

Logging in

You use your Steem username and a Private Posting Key. It also has a multi-user login, pretty much like YouTube and Facebook.


It is probably the easiest job in the world to upload a video to DTube since you just Drag and Drop from your PC using the built-in Drag-and-Drop feature. Processing also depends on your bandwidth speed.

You may, however, need a thumbnail or a snapshot of the clip though it can capture one while uploading the video. The last step is the video description and tags part whereby the description will be the post header and the text becomes the body.


Videos play reliably well, depending on the video quality and your bandwidth speed. As it is always the case, high-resolution videos can buffer a bit. However, everything is cool about DTube’s playback feature.

Browsing Videos

At the moment, you can discover content in three different ways. You can use the Homepage and discover NEW, HOT or Trending videos. You can also use the feature https://dtube.video/c/curator and access a user’s channel. The last technique of getting a clip to play is by searching in the top bar as it is always a direct, straightforward process!

Tags and Text Editor

As for the tags, the first one is “dtube” followed by four more that define the video. The text editor, however, is a plain text editor with markups to format the textual aspect of the post.

Parting Shots

I honestly think rivaling YouTube will be a tall order for this fresh-new video sharing site. However, the fact that it is blockchain-based means it has some hopes to be among the best in the future. It is still a work-in-progress though!

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