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29 Nov 2014

Unable to Disable DASH in YouTube Center in firefox

The new YouTube feature DASH, has disabled the ability to buffer the entire video, instead now it buffers only a small block. Dont know exactly why YouTube added this feature?, but may be they wanted to help mobile phone users who have 2G/3G Internet Data Connection because they are billed for the data usage by Moblile Service Operators.

Anyway this sucks for the desktop users who have unlimited download Internet Service Connection because:
  • If you want to rewind the video, YouTube has to redownload it again
  • If  you pause the video, YouTube will not continue with the download of the video.
Luckily there is a workaround in disabling this YouTube's  DASH feature, by using YouTube Center, a browser extension that is availble for Firefox, Chrone, Safari and Opera.

Install YouTubeCenter  in Firefox

YouTubeCenter Addon

  1. Download this addon
  2. Click on "Add to Firefox" button to install.
  3. Press "Allow" on the permission to install.
  4. After installation is complete, goto "Options" of  YouTubeCenter and then configure the settings.

Disable DASH in YouTubeCenter in Firefox

Some users who have previously installed this addon are not able to disable DASH after the latest update, its because this setting doesn't work well in HTML5 Player mode. For more technical info on Why DASH doesn't work with HTML5 player.

 The following settings will help users to disable the DASH in YouTube.

1. Click on YouTubeCenter "Options" . (Click on Firefox Settings Firefox Settings button >Add-ons >Extensions>YouTubeCenter Options )

2. Disable "DASH Playback" . (Goto "Player" left menu > "General" Tab > "DASH Playback" )
3. Set "Player type" to "Flash".
4. Set "Flash WMode" to "Direct".

5. Disable "Prevent auto-buffering" . (Goto "Player" left menu > "Auto Play" Tab )
6.  Disable "Prevent playlist auto-buffering" . 
7.  Disable "Prevent tab playlist auto-buffering" . 

8. Set "Auto resolution" to anything other than "1080p" and "480p". (Goto "Player" left menu > "Resolution" Tab) . You can set values  to {144p | 240p | 360p | 720p }

9.   Disable "DASH Playback" . (Goto "External Players" left menu > "Embed" Tab > "DASH Playback" ) Likewise repeat the same steps as in step 2 - 8 for "Embedded External Player"

10.  Disable "DASH Playback" . (Goto "External Players" left menu > "Channel" Tab > "DASH Playback" ) Likewise repeat the same steps as in step 2 - 8 for "Channel External Player"

11. Close the YouTubeCenter Settings and Restart the Firefox.

Now start buffering videos in YouTube like the old times.

UPDATE (07-Jan - 2015)
With the latest update of Firefox to 34.0.5 version, this process is not working. We have to wait for new patch update from the Youtube Center Developer

UPDATE (01-Oct - 2015)
The add-on currently available in AddOns Mozilla Firefox is not working. But there is a workaround to it which i tried on 09-Sept-2015 and after testing for a month, it is stable and it worked for me.

1. Goto the above link and download the Developer version for Firefox

2. After downloading the file, goto  Add-ons Manager in Firefox

3. Click on the Tools for Add-ons Gear Icon at the Top Right

4. Click "Install Add-ons From File..."
5. Browse and Select the downloaded  YouTubeCenter.xpi  and click Open

6. Click Install 

Now you are ready to use the Youtube Center Developer build version and Configure the above settings.


  • Since this is the developer version and new changes are made to the download, it may not be always stable.

Issue: When Dash is disabled, Video quality settings for each video starts from minimum 360p instead of 144p


  1. Did not work for me

  2. The option link sends me to youtube, with no posebility to change any youtube center settings.

    1. Same thing. When I click YouTube Center options, it just opens the default YouTube page without any settings. I can't access them.

  3. That method stopped working.

  4. Youtube Center no longer works.

  5. To All these above commenters:
    What browsers did you use (please include version number)? Did you try the developer version? Its updates are more frequent than the stable versions (latest is 2.1.7).

    Try to code an alternative just to disable that freaking DASH Playback thing both in Flash and in HTML5.

  6. Doesn't work in FF 39.0. Installed the add on and the YouTubeCenter Options button just takes me to

  7. For those who got redirected to Youtube, Install this add-on

    Go to "Download" and click "Firefox: YouTubeCenter.xpi", a window will pop up, choose "open with Firefox" and install the plugin. It worked for me.

  8. I have the same issue: Options just takes me to youtube.
    Uninstalled :P

  9. YouTubeCenter is fully operational for Opera 12.17 and FF27 (also for portable versions) - i.e. disable DASH, resize, download, etc.

    I installed YTC as addon from:

  10. I'm using Youtube Center developer script with greasemonkey. It works and updates often. Firefox 41 beta 64 bit user here