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Now when I follow a link in my browser to Youtube, it opens in a new page of my browser, in my case Firefox.

I would have liked that it provokes the launch of another app, for example Minitube, VLC or Totem. This app should then run the desired video. This feature exists already on Android, where Youtube videos can be opened in the Youtube app or in your browser, and this association can be set as you want.

I suppose I could extend this question to other video platforms like Dailymotion, or to other contents, like streaming media, but I will leave it for another question.

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Actually VLC knows how to parse a youtube URL and get the stream (open up VLC with a yt url in the clipboard and press ctrl+v). So it should be relatively straightforward to write a chrome extension to do this – Stefano Palazzo Jan 10 '12 at 15:17

Another possibility is: ext-youtube Firefox addon:

Play Youtube videos in external application.
You can use Minitube, SMPlayer or any other application that can play Youtube videos given the link.

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this one comes from the exact author of minitube-integration :) thanks for posting it – vanlong441 Mar 20 '12 at 12:49 this will do exactly the job in firefox but it may be annoying if you're just browsing through youtube videos.

*In my case the extension redirects the youtube links right to my Minitube so you may need to install it, too.

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It's one of the most interesting answers, with the comment of Stefano Palazzo. But unfortunately it is not working for me. I'll write a bug report if I find how to do that. – Agmenor Jan 18 '12 at 18:29
The extension name has been changed, so now the link is . The extension is in development, which is a good sign. – Agmenor Jan 22 '12 at 18:54

I suppose there's no tool to download and open youtube content given its url, but there are firefox add-ons like Video Download Helper to download and convert those contents. So it requires an additional step, but leads to the same result.

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I give you a suggestion to partially solve the problem or at least a hint; you could use Youtube unity lens that opens the result that you choose in vlc, minitube or your browser. So you can copy and paste your youtube url there or just search there for youtube videos. Here are some info about it.

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