extension ExtPose

Comments Sidebar for Youtube

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Description from extension meta

Allows you to watch videos and read comments at the same time on Youtube.

Image from store Comments Sidebar for Youtube
Description from store Chrome Extension to watch and read comments at the same time on Youtube. Features a draggable divider to resize the player and the sidebar. Source code available: https://github.com/tberghuis/watch-and-read-comments-for-youtube

Latest reviews

  • (2023-09-23) 3Dpablo: not working anymore. always says im offline
  • (2023-09-12) Zen: Used to be working flawlessly but im getting the same error "You're offline. Check your connection. Retry" as user Ries below. Hope it can be fixed
  • (2023-09-01) Riesマン: Starting yesterday Youtube shown error: "You're offline. Check your connection. Retry" Only able to play Youtube video again after disabling this extension.
  • (2023-07-23) Maria Lea Hagiwara: Useful
  • (2023-07-16) Soumili Mondal: Very good extension!! Very helpful for studying from YouTube.
  • (2023-06-13) Jaroslaw Istok: better than Super Youtube because you can change width. But please make ratings and mot important info like by superyozube visible under video directly.
  • (2023-03-27) nacho vidal: just what i've wanted for long! any chance for a firefox version?
  • (2023-03-04) Saurahh Singh: Make one for firefox
  • (2023-02-19) William Phan: This is actually insanely good. I installed it thinking it would replace the busy sidebar with the description of the video and the extension actually allows you to change the tab between related videos, playlist, comments, and descriptions. The only downside is that the tab interface is not customizable.? But I really like the extension and it has completely redesigned my viewing experience. Thank you for making this.
  • (2023-02-14) Chris A Figaro: It works great but it needs to update. Especially the top categories that are too big and somewhat in the way when you scroll down. Also, when you go to Mini player, something weird happens. Please update.
  • (2023-02-09) Tashiba Lampkin: The placement of the video is kinda awkward for me. Its just in middle of blank space. I would prefer it if the video was at the top, just under the search bar. However, over all, the extension works well. I like it and enjoy using it.
  • (2022-12-01) Ron Mideiros: Exactly what is needed. Great job - Thanks!
  • (2022-12-01) S7EN Z: Jesus, this extention is exactly what I need! Really love it <3
  • (2022-11-27) Shaboogle C: Only thing that would make this better is the functionality to mimic mobile portrait mode, i.e. ability to browse comments below the video with the video still at the top of the screen
  • (2022-11-08) jerv: Youtube is literally unusable without this plugin. People at google, we read comments while watching videos. How do you think we click on timestamps and get back to where that comment was :D It's with this plugin. Excellent.
  • (2022-11-06) LK L: Since YouTube recently removed for some reason the option to switch comments from below of the video to the right side of the video to read and watch the video at the same time when viewing in PC browser, I was looking for something like this. This extension is perfect for that. I don't understand why YouTube removed such feature and why such extensions even have to exist in the first place, makes no sense that YouTube makes content delivery deliberately more uncomfortable. But I am happy about this extension. Great insight how people actually want to use YouTube. Very well done.
  • (2022-11-04) Abyss Lin: Great extension! I was frustrated since Youtube changed/removed rightside comments "pop-up" recently, and this extension is exactly what I need! Feature request: the resizeable divider is handy, a side-effect is it changed the view size of video, which is usually not a problem. But can you add an option/hotkey to reset the view area size or divider position? The reason is, since the pixels are not always "aligned", the video may look blurry after resizing. For example, a 720p video may look more blurry than original when I resize the view area to either "800p" or "700p", and would suddenly become clear again around 720p. Thanks in advance!
  • (2022-09-18) i love intellectual talk “exposing our stupidity”: omg ..... this is the extention we were all looking for, we needed better/easy/good youtube interface
  • (2022-08-05) Akshay Pokhun: Hii, hope that you're doing great. The comment tab is fixed. However, the description tab does not show the video description. Could you please check? Thanks.
  • (2022-08-03) Umair Ghafoor: Man its amazing, loved your work will be using it but I think you should upgrade some of the stuff which I believe doesn't need Google's approval. 1. Extension Buttons(You don't need to add Icons, text is fine by me but please refine them) 2. Add a new buttons or panel for mix(playlist), which i believe will need Google's approval. 3. Didn't wanted to put this one in but its the only annoying point I instantly grabbed, Please Fix horizontal bar behind video, but it gets fixed after adjusting the player, I don't want to adjust the player every single time to get rid of that annoying Horizontal Bar.(This is the most annoying, Please fix it I beg u it's ruining the whole point of this extension.) Lastly Thank you for your hard work and dedication.
  • (2022-08-02) KIREN RAJ: this extension I use a lot pls fix the comment bar
  • (2022-07-30) John: Shows Description just fine. Comments don't show up.
  • (2022-07-24) Tanya H: okay i dont usually remember to write reviews for extensions and apps but i had to for this one bcuz its exactly what i needed!! i've been desperately trying to make my yotube watching experience a little more seamles on chrome. it's annoying to pause the video and look up comments. takes so much time. this extension brings all of that info at side bar while the video plays on the left. i love it. would recommend it. ty to the developer for coming up with this. keep improving!
  • (2022-06-29) Shield TV Couto: Best Youtube extension I love the ability to resize the video was using SuperYoutube would be great if both could merge into one thanks
  • (2022-04-07) hi123 lol123: this is awesome but i wish you could have a light switch or something that you could toggle it off with lol
  • (2022-03-17) Tokyo family: Thank you for the extension! just one little problem, 2 days ago, youtube updated something on their website and the extension stopped working on mobile (kiwi browser). could you please update the extension?
  • (2022-02-02) 윤천: 매우 훌륭한 확장앱 입니다. 감사합니다.
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  • (2021-10-25) FamKis: Totally awesome extension! Everyone should use this and donate for its continued development :) I surely would love to
  • (2021-09-29) Nalis Solus: Overall I like the extension. Having the comments on the right side of videos is much more convenient. The ability to stretch the size of the window is brilliant and removes the need for the default medium sized window option. Here are some constructive criticism which I hope the next version could implement. These points is ultimately my motivations for writing the review as some of the drawbacks/negatives are making me consider going back to default youtube as they are starting to annoy me. : #The biggest annoyance is the frequency of when the comments simply do not load in and I have to reload the page, sometimes I have to reload several times. Sometimes they never load. #In full-screen the interface of the sidebar does not disappear, this is annoying for obvious reasons. # When hitting a timestamp in the comments, you always get sent all the way back to the top of the comments and have to scroll down manually to find where you left. # In a playlist it would be more convenient to stay in the comment section tab and the comments rarely load which forces you to reload the page. #The separate comment and chat tabs could be ideally merged into one and be a button that flips between the two alternatives (this is minor compared to points above) #The buttons doesn't change to dark in dark mode and could be better looking for a more overall better and more elegant look. # The size of the video should ideally automatically resize when watching a vertically filmed video taken typically with a phone. #The buttons don't scroll and disappear when scroll, which is a good thing, but the comments scroll all the way to the top making the buttons float above the comments. Ideally the comments and buttons should be separated so the whole scrolling section is just below the buttons at all times. This is also the case under 'related'. Overall it's a good extension, but these suggested improvements would make it much better and professional in my opinion.
  • (2021-08-03) Alex: Looked for something like this ages ago and couldn't find it. Finally did another google and your plugin was top result, and it works! Soooo much better to be able to scroll through comments without having to scroll away from the video. Thank you!
  • (2021-06-12) Linus Komnick: Awesome extension! I love it!!
  • (2021-01-19) Jacob Hernandez: An extension that I've been looking for a long time. Thank you for making this.
  • (2020-11-28) Chris Vydas: My only suggestion, would be an option to keep the description under the video, everything else in the sidebar as this extension brilliantly does.
  • (2020-11-21) Aman Ahmed: awesome yar... this is what i was looking for long time
  • (2020-11-15) Millennium: Brings back the 2006 YouTube feel. Thanks a lot for making this. I really love that it saves the size as well, as the theatre mode for YouTube constantly fails to remember whether its on or not. No complaints so far. I'll let you know if I have any, if that ever happens ;)! Thanks again!
  • (2020-08-29) Martin: I had been looking for exactly this type of extension for years. A much better approach than scrolling down a sufficient amount for the video to eventually pop out—as with pretty much all other extensions that allow viewing comments and video at the same time. That said, this extension is pretty buggy; and the design is pretty bad. There's so much that could be improved. eg: ⮚ The buttons, they should really be integrated into the design of the sidebar; and should NOT float while scrolling. ⮚ There's still some margin (unused space) around the video. ⮚ Adjusting the divider allows for the video to go beyond the viewport. ⮚ Custom divider presets would be useful. ⮚ What would be *amazing* is the option of having the: Title; share button; likes; subscribe button; description (as much as space allows) etc. either in the currently unused margin space at the top/bottom of the video OR within the top of video itself with, maybe, a black, mostly transparent gradient background to make the white text always visible while keeping top of the video still visible. I think information on what the video is should be visible at all times, even when you're reading the comments. This would also reduce the number of tabs needed, making the interface cleaner. Clicking on this transparent-title-bar could expand it down, revealing the rest of the description, reverting back 2s after mouse is nolonger hovering over it. ⮚ The chat tab should not exist. The chat should be integrated into the comments as a toggled option. ⮚ The tabs may be better placed vertically, to the left side of the side bar. Even better, would be no tabs at all. Should my suggestions be integrated, there would be no need for tabs, just a horizontal divider in the middle of the sidebar with related videos at the bottom, and comments at the top half. Adjusting the divider should, ideally, be done with a drag from within the window you want to expand, rather than having to aim the cursor at the few pixels that make up the divider. Lastly, the extension button could have custom presets for both dividers, also accessible with shortcuts.
  • (2020-08-13) Raiden Roy: You should be proud of yourself Dev! This is a really good productivity tool. thankyou for making my life easier. To developer: Please don't abandon this extension. Youtube is known to change from time to time so please maintain this extension from time to time. Thankyou. Edit: I forgot to mention it does what it advertise and honestly you'll be surprised by how good it actually works!
  • (2020-07-29) Shay Lewis: Better than SuperYoutube, and does the same thing, except, it's FREE.
  • (2020-07-28) Izza Fakhruddin: good! but i have a suggestion. what if the description is still under the video. it will make this extension better!
  • (2020-07-08) Sam Song: Excellent!! Perfect!! Absolute!!
  • (2019-11-08) Jerenee Charles: I enjoy being able to read the comments while watching a video. This has completely transformed my YouTube viewing experience.
  • (2019-08-16) Jeong-hun Sin: Finally! Thank you for the extension. I have been so annoyed by YouTube's layout. Today's screens are very wide and have little vertical space. But stupid YouTube's layout makes it impossible to read comments or the description while watching the video. I had submitted a suggestion to YouTube so that users could place comments on the right, just like Android version of YouTube on a landscape tablet, but no changes. I had searched for an extension for this, but the only one I could find was SuperYouTube, but it required access to ALL websites I visit. I asked the developer to limit the access to YouTube, but there was no reply. That is suspicious.... This extension does the same thing and requires access to only YouTube. Exactly what I needed.
  • (2019-08-07) Angel Vazquez: Excellent extension for reading the comments and the video at the same time
  • (2019-07-03) Derp Derpington: This extension is amazing, however I had a problem when accidentally resizing the video too big and couldn't reach the resize bar. Can you add an option somewhere to reset to default size? Thank you and I will add the 5th star if this is implemented because it should have been added originally. *edit* I changed it to 5 star because the dev will be fixing the problem and they actually respond which is getting pretty rare. Again this is amazing and would recommend everyone to use this extension.
  • (2019-06-08) Gersivan Oliveira: Faz o que promete. Deve em boniteza.
  • (2019-06-08) notkai: i hate it when you have to scroll down to see the CDaRV (CDaRV = Comments Description and Related Videos) because i wanna look at the video at the same time! but with this GCE (GCE = Google Chrome Extension) i can look at the video AND the CDaRV at the same time!! plus i really like the design of the GCE. thx!
  • (2019-06-02) Minho Gmbit: ahí alguna forma de empezar en la pestaña de vídeos relacionados, seria de gran ayuda
  • (2019-02-24) Alex Lo: Exactly what i need!
  • (2018-12-18) Marie Berghuis: It is extremely handy for me as I do a lot of learning on youtube & the demonstrators often leave out important steps in a project, so with the extension added, I can view what other reviewers have said at the same time & still see the video. There's always someone with expertise on the video who offers hints in their reviews. Also I often copy different parts of the video, as a reminder of how to do something. With this extension I can make the video smaller, so it's easier to copy just a small part of the video. Very handy! Thks for sharing!

Latest issues

  • (2023-08-26, v:0.6.0) Umair Ghafoor: Updated css for this extension I hope you like it and make it avaliable for everyone else.
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  • (2023-07-03, v:0.5.0) Jaroslaw Istok: design destroyec
    Sinc e last chrom update design is destroyed.- I have to actualize page to ist properly again.
  • (2022-08-19, v:0.4.1) Umair Ghafoor: Add instant search
    I loved how u responded to my last review. Just a little bit more suggestion: 1. Add Instant search, like shown in the picture. https://postimg.cc/mcS7h9ST 2. The buttons are definitely more refined but i would say use all capital letters. And theme adjustable(Dark theme) if you can do it. Its great otherwise its still fine but definitely capital letters. 3. Lastly, Hide chat and playlist if there is non-avaliable in the video Last two are kind of optional but i would say instant search will fix all of my and other people's problems who find it annoying to open a new tab cause it really sucks, there is an extension available for it (it does not work right now cause its not updated by developer), check it out it might help with the point I wanna make. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/smartsearch-for-youtube/fpangaoielmaepplbaklenkbgbkgkbpf/related Lastly, thank you again for this awesome extension. Keep it Up!
  • (2022-07-31, v:0.2.3) Cottage Mail: Comments Not Appearing - Only Description!
    This appears to be reported also in reviews.
  • (2022-06-17, v:0.2.0) ChromiaCat: Description expands by default
    Is it possible to not have the description expand by default?
  • (2022-03-17, v:0.1.6) Tokyo family: kiwi browser mobile
    Thank you for the extension! just one little problem, 2 days ago, youtube updated something on their website and the extension stopped working on mobile (kiwi browser). could you please update the extension?
  • (2021-09-12, v:0.1.2) Uaosj Baodj: NIce one love this
    thnx dev awesomo.
  • (2021-08-18, v:0.1.2) Saifullah Rahman: comments don't load
    sometimes the comments don't load. I have to disable the extension and enable again for it to work.
  • (2021-03-28, v:0.1.2) Gelbwurstfieber: Feature-Request for your plugin
    Hello, I think your plugin is very good. I would like to have the following function: I would like an view whether I have already liked and commented on the currently running video. Is such a thing possible? Excuse my bad English. Greeting, GWF
  • (2021-02-16, v:0.1.2) Stijn Loomans: Firefox implementation?
    I can't find this add-on for firefox. I really enjoyed using it on Chrome. Could you maybe port this add-on to Firefox? I heard that it is not that hard to port chrome extension to firefox :). If you could do it, that would be greatly appreciated.
  • (2020-08-14, v:0.0.10) Raiden Roy: Bug: Click on Timestamps & Automatic scroll up Happens!
    Hit a timestamp in the comment section, the comment section scrollbar automatically scrolls up!
  • (2020-08-14, v:0.0.10) Raiden Roy: Feature Request: Add a turn off feature
    Right in the extension badge or on the youtube page (or maybe both?) Sometimes one needs to see the entire page for whatever reason so please add this functionality.
  • (2020-08-12, v:0.0.10) Ryan Stern: Disable or live chat
    Would be nice to click the icon to disable for livechat or have live chat available in live videos
  • (2020-08-12, v:0.0.10) Ryan Stern: Open to tab
    When in a playlist would be nice if it opened to the comments automatically
  • (2020-08-07, v:0.0.10) A X: Enable a way for Description in Left Panel below the Video - Smaller size & Comments on Right
    Enable a way for Description in Left Panel below the Video - Smaller size & Comments on Right
  • (2019-09-18, v:0.0.8) Rainbow Warrior Princess: 2 BUGS: Upload date is missing and sometimes comments are not shown
    1. The video upload date is missing in the description tab. 2. Sometimes the comments are not shown in the comments tab, after reloading the video page they are there.
  • (2019-09-06, v:0.0.8) Jeong-hun Sin: Problem with the Cinema mode
    The four buttons stay on top, and the video's size remains the same in Cinema mode. Probably in Cinema mode, the layout should be reverted back to the original state. That is putting the comment on the right should only work in the normal mode.
  • (2019-08-23, v:0.0.8) Jeong-hun Sin: Vertical videos are clipped.
    For example, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7kUbSRRx10 The video is big and the bottom of the video is clipped and invisible. It seems that the video is resized to fill the left pane horizontally. If the height of the video is longer than its width, the video should be resized to fill the left pane vertically.
  • (2019-08-16, v:0.0.8) Jeong-hun Sin: Method to "refresh" comments
    In a "hot" video (at the moment, a lot of people are watching it and writing comments), the comments are constantly updated. But YouTube has no official method of "refreshing" the comment section. As a workaround, I have been changing "Sort By" two times (switching to the other mode and then swiching back to the original mode) to refresh the comments. Or sometimes I just reload the whole page. That is awkward. How about when currently reading comments (the comments button is pink), pressing the comment button (currently does nothing) refreshes the comments?
  • (2019-08-16, v:0.0.8) Jeong-hun Sin: If possible, how about a toggle for the top bar?
    IThe thick top bar takes a lot of vertical space, and has only a few useful things. The only thing I use often is the search far and the YouTube logo (as a "Go to home" button). Currently, with this extension, the left side has only the video and has a big empty white space below. How about adding a toggle button that shows the home button and search field on the left side and hide the top bar? When users need additional features (that they rarely use), they could toggle the button to show the original top bar. Or moving the top bar inside of the left side could be better, but I thought that would be more difficult to implement.


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4.6 (55 votes)
Last update / version
2023-07-23 / 0.6.0
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