Trying to update the FreeTube app, but it says current version is already installed

My wife enjoys using FreeTube and it says there’s an update available but when we download and run the updater, it says it’s already installed. There is a bar on top of the app that says a new version is available and keeps showing up. She goes to install it and it keeps saying a stable branch is already installed. Looking at the About setting in the Freetube app says it’s version 0.16 beta. The update says that it’s for 0.17. She updated to the Flatpack version.

Are we missing where the new app is or is the old version not updating?

What was the original freetube 0.16 beta installed from?

From the Freetube web site. We installed the .deb file. So we downloaded the supposedly new .deb file but it said it was already installed. So we did the flatpack and that put a 0.17 on there. So we’re running that one now. Not sure why the .deb didn’t install as an update.

I would say if you use a deb, unlike a ppa/repo you would need to uninstall the old pkg first then install the new deb.

Okay, is that more common to uninstall and reinstall programs when using a deb?

I would say yes unless otherwise noted by the maintainer. You “usually” won’t loose any personal data/preferences unless such a thing that coincides is made obsolete in the newer release. There are also instances where an application may store files in a hidden folder under your home directory to keep your preferences each time the application is launched, under /home/user/.cache/ etc. IF updating becomes an issue it may be best to rename or remove the old working dir to allow for the install of the newer packages .cache folder. It’s a tricky situation.

There’s also the off chance that someone at freetube posted the “new version” with the wrong code/descriptors and since you had .16 beta installed the code/descriptor inside the new .17 said it was .16 beta still.

Many possibilities. Again, my preference if it was installed from a .deb, remove old deb, install new deb.

Hope this helps and wasn’t TO confusing.