I run Awesome WM on Ubuntu.

Recently when I try to watch youtube videos in full screen they have been playing in a small letter box - They have not 'full screened'.

In the other hand, Vimeo & Dailymotion videos work correctly.

NOTICE! This is NOT the problem of a youtube video appearing 'behind' the browser. I already have that fix in my rc.lua:

 -- Fix for youtube fullscreen in chrome:
  rule = {
    instance = "exe"
  properties = { floating = true }

This applies to Chrome and Firefox.

How can I fix the issue so I can view youtube videos in full screen mode again?

  • Are you using awesome in tiling more? Could you try with a different layout just to be sure. Dec 18, 2012 at 8:03

1 Answer 1


I happened to stumble upon this issue from time to time. Usually, I simply maximize the (small) player window using mod + M while the video is playing. Although this is only a workaround and does not fix the issue (it never annoyed me enough to dig deeper).

  • mod + M doesn't improve things for me
    – andy boot
    Dec 18, 2012 at 19:13
  • @andyboot How so? Does Mod4 + f work for you to toggle fullscreen? (You'll have to scroll down a bit to the "Default Key Bindings" section in the link.)
    – Axel Knauf
    Dec 19, 2012 at 15:11
  • mod4+f does toggle fullscreen. and mod+m does maximize [at least for all the other applications] but the youtube video doesn't get any bigger.
    – andy boot
    Dec 19, 2012 at 15:17
  • Does it work correctly when you use floating mode before starting fullscreen from the player (if not already tried)?
    – Axel Knauf
    Dec 19, 2012 at 15:43
  • nice idea but no. I just tried.
    – andy boot
    Dec 20, 2012 at 17:19

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