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Tip: Lately Google has been more aggressively rate-limiting and blocking Invidious instances. If the main instance doesn't work, try another from the list found here.
Developer(s) Omar Roth
Written In Crystal, JavaScript, HTML
License AGPLv3
Official Instances

http://kgg2m7yk5aybusll.onion/ http://axqzx4s6s54s32yentfqojs3x5i7faxza6xo3ehd4bzzsg2ii4fv2iid.onion

Invidious is a lightweight and freedom-friendly front-end for YouTube. Invidious is designed to minimize exposure to Google's servers and APIs. It supports optional video proxying and does not require JavaScript for video playback.

Demonstration of playback without JavaScript and without connecting to a Google API or CDN. uMatrix is the extension shown.

Invidious functions as an ad blocker - not that you should not already be using one. This feature is useful when sharing videos with others who are not necessarily blocking ads themselves.

Invidious provides Atom feeds and an internal subscription system which is one step away from Google's prying eyes.

Unofficial extensions such as Invidition and Privacy Redirect automatically redirect YouTube links to Invidious instances.

Sponsorblock supports Invidious.

The Peertubeify extension can redirect Invidious links to the same video hosted on Peertube if available.

See also

Nitter is another project that does the equivalent for Twitter.