The best privacy friendly way to watch anime

do I use Crunchyroll or Netflix

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The way I watch anime is through an app called cloudstream. Its free and I think private if you use a VPN.

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Thanks for your help everyone

Librewolf (Linux and Windows) or Mull (Android), and then use GoGoAnime. Any animes you like and want to support, do so.

Edit: To add, be sure to use a vpn. Added link to GGA as well.


how can I make my anime accounts privately without tracking and spyware and Gmail

  1. Compare the data collection and sharing policy in the Privacy Policy of each service you are interested in.
  2. Use an e-mail alias (SimpleLogin or AnonAddy) that redirect to a trusted e-mail provider that doesn’t spy on your e-mails (Proton, TutaNota,, and more)
  3. Do not use your real identity
  4. Do not register your phone number
  5. Pay with crypto (no KYC) if you found a service that offer the option. If not go with a virtual card ( or Revolut) or PaySafeCard if accepted
  6. Use a privacy browser like brave or install uBlock Origin on your browser.

You can also use a service such as Stremio (crossplateform) or CloudStream (android only) but this is up to the law of your country (you can use a VPN) and your personnal conscience.

Edit : Buy PaySafeCard with cash and do not make a PSC account


Should note that the site lists pirated material. It is covered with trackers, that aren’t even available on the real gogoanime. By going there, you’re supporting the pirate, who pirated the website, who originally pirated the anime.

Sure, piracy can be better for privacy, but it’s also illegal… if you’re going to get illegal copies, at the very least get decent quality rips (which Gogo does not list). Go to a more piracy oriented forum (or Wiki), and either ask there for the correct Gogo, or a site that lists better quality stuff.

There is an easy way to get around all the trackers and shadiness, there is a CLI application which scrapes publically accessible websites like Gogo anime for video feeds and will play them directly in MPV. As far as I know this is not illegal because it is streaming the content not downloading or sharing via a torrent (this might be illegal in your jurisdiction however).

Link to the GitHub:

If you’re looking for a way to watch anime on your phone and you use an Android device there is also this app called saikou. It has integration with MyAnimeList and also supports reading manga. (it scrapes publically accessible video links)

Link to the GitHub:


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can vouch for ani-cli being amazing, plus lets you download episodes

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It is really questionable that people recommend piracy and piracy is also marked as the solution

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A friend of mine happens to have his own jellyfin server. And it’s full of anime (and I can request stuff) so I just watch it using TOR without much problems.

P.S: It’s selfhosted on his house, a selfhosted VPN would be the best option but I’m not going to ask him for more.

It’s really great but it’s doesn’t work for me

I’m well aware of the fact that this is not something everyone can do. You need to have a cool friend acting as a proxy.

I would recommend you torrenting your animes and watching them via MPV (or your favourite video player). You can use syncthing to sync your library among multiple devices in the same network.

It requires a bit more of efford but I think that it’s worth it.

i mean hey when streaming services stop being so awful i would happily pay. its about ethics for me, not price. its why i like getting games from gog because they offer install files drm-free, no internet needed.
for some people price is an issue and i dont think its fair to judge, not everyone has the money. some people live in less-fortunate situations and we shouldnt just gatekeep them and try and deny them from being able to enjoy some entertainment. plus piracy helps preserve rare media and texts.


Also, are you considering piracy as an option?
(Just to know the scope in which we’re working.)

first of all you prob wouldn’t pay for it, I’ve been around for some time in the anime community and it went from:
no one streams the anime that I want to watch > the legal streaming services are too expensive, I wont pay 5$ a month to watch anime > the streaming services are not innovating > I need too many streaming services/the service they offer is too bad

what ethics? not paying the people that made your entertainment? are those the same ethics that stop you from donating to the FOSS software you use every day? yes i dont know you and i dont know if you donate but in reality almost no one does.

yes GoG is nice but they also offer games with DRM since last month because it is “offer DRM for games or die” for them

about the money … crunchyroll is free to use, yes you will see ads, yes you wont see the new show the same day it aired

we are not talking about preserving here, people wanna watch something and not pay or watch ads for it and i mean at least i dont know if sites like the mentioned gogoanime are even better from a privacy point then crunchyroll, who knows what they collect, who knows what they are doing with your data and last of all who knows what js bs they have running on their site.

and last of all, it is against the ToS, yes it is not as clear as on the discord server but i stand behind that it is of the utmost importance that the security and privacy community as a whole does not mix with the piracy community because it destroys the legitimate reasons to care about your privacy as it already is the case otherwise you wouldn’t hear things “what are you trying to hide? are you doing something illegal?”.
Idc what you actually do and how you get access to your entertainment but i do care about the privacy community and no questions asked Techlore is one of the biggest so we should lead with an example and not tolerate piracy on the official channels as it just reflects bad on us.

Can we find a good privacy friendly solution for anime because I don’t mind paying with xmr or cash just which service do I use thats not really bad for myself and my friends

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You mentioned Revolut to be used for their virtual card service.

I am wondering if Revolut is a good alternative to ← this is my topic to this topic

Do you know anything further about this topic?

I am sure this site is both legal and privacy-respecting. Incredible accepted solution, thank you Techlore Forum.

The solution works for the person who asked the question ie. @Mohamad20ZX so he/she/they accepted it. If the solution doesn’t work for you then choose the other alternatives posted in the thread. If that doesn’t work either, look somewhere else.

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