Tip: Save RAM, Lower CPU Usage By Playing Youtube Videos In PotPlayer

Youtube and videos in general are notorious resource hogs. For years the main culprit was Flash but the promise of a more efficient HTML5 is largely forgotten now as most browsers handle videos poorly. A computer with more than enough power can still fall prey to a browser grabbing more and more of its memory and processor when watching videos.

One way to save more than just resources, even help a solid state drive lifespan, is to install the PotPlayer video player and a corresponding browser addon/extension to open and play videos outside of a Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera and others. The program is lightweight, feature rich and regularly maintained but its best use is perhaps watching online videos. After the addon/extension is installed buttons will appear under videos or a link added to the right click menus on YouTube’s front or other pages. Links below.

  • PotPlayer https://potplayer.daum.net/
  • Chrome extension (For Google Chrome, Opera and other Chromium based browsers) https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/potplayer-youtube-shortcu/cfdpeaefecdlkdlgdpjjllmhlnckcodp
  • Direct Opera version https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/potplayer-youtube-shortcut/
  • Firefox extension https://addons.mozilla.org/en-CA/firefox/addon/potplayer-youtube-shortcut/


  1. Again, must try this. Chrome/Vivaldi and Firefox are real hogs. Edge usent be so bad, but it isn’t that great either, and much as I’d like to reward it for being a relatively light browser, I find it hard to change browser again. (I stubbornly stuck with Firefox till sometime in 2020. I did try Edge last year but enabled some kind of tab grouping and the tabs started jumping all over the place — when I disabled it the jumping continued so I moved back to Vivaldi.)

  2. I have switched browsers far more often than I would like. In my experience Firefox does a poorer job than all others include Chromium based browsers. I am currently relatively happy with Opera.

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