[Tutorial] - Chromium & Youtube in 720p (and other videos websites)


This tutorial is about having chromium working with 720p videos on websites like youtube.

Step 1 : Activate opengl driver

Follow my tutorial here : [Tutorial] - Activate OpenGL driver for ubuntu mate 16.04

Step 2 : Install Chromium

Chromium package from repository don't work at this day (June 2016), you must follow this tutorial to install it : [Tutorial] - Install working chromium 50

Step 3 : Configure Chromium
Edit /etc/chromium-browser/default and remove "disable-gpu" from CHROMIUM_FLAGS if there is one.
For editing, you must be root :

sudo pluma /etc/chromium-browser/default

Launch chromium and type in url :


Search option "Media Source API" (#disable-media-source) and disabled it.

Close Chromium and restart it !

Go to youtube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyx6JDQCslE

There is only two resolutions 360p or 720p, it is because of disabling media source api.
If media source api is enabled video stops a lot of time (every few seconds).

720p videos works really great on my rpi 3 on windowed or full screen !
Rendering is software only but works well !
If you have audio delay or not sync with video ask me, I have maybe a solution :wink: