HTML YouTube Videos

The easiest way to play videos in HTML, is to use YouTube.


Struggling with Video Formats?

Converting videos to different formats can be difficult and time-consuming.
An easier solution is to let YouTube play the videos in your web page.


YouTube Video Id

YouTube will display an id (like tgbNymZ7vqY), when you save (or play) a video.
You can use this id, and refer to your video in the HTML code.


Playing a YouTube Video in HTML

To play your video on a web page, do the following:

  • Upload the video to YouTube
  • Take a note of the video id
  • Define an <iframe> element in your web page
  • Let the src attribute point to the video URL
  • Use the width and height attributes to specify the dimension of the player
  • Add any other parameters to the URL (see below)

Example

<iframe width="420" height="315"
src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tgbNymZ7vqY">
</iframe>


YouTube Autoplay + Mute

You can let your video start playing automatically when a user visits the page, by adding autoplay=1 to the YouTube URL.

Note: Automatically starting a video can annoy your visitor and end up causing more harm than good!

Chrome added stricter autoplay policies in 2018. Chromium browsers do not allow autoplay in all cases. However, muted autoplay is always allowed.
Add mute=1 after autoplay=1 to let your video start playing automatically (but muted).

Example

YouTube – Autoplay + Muted

<iframe width="420" height="315"
src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tgbNymZ7vqY?autoplay=1&mute=1">
</iframe>


YouTube Playlist

A comma separated list of videos to play (in addition to the original URL).


YouTube Loop

Add loop=1 to let your video loop forever.
Value 0 (default): The video will play only once.
Value 1: The video will loop (forever).

Example

YouTube – Loop

<iframe width="420" height="315"
src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tgbNymZ7vqY?playlist=tgbNymZ7vqY&loop=1">
</iframe>


YouTube Controls

Add controls=0 to display controls in the video player.
Value 0: Player controls does not display.
Value 1 (default): Player controls display.

Example

YouTube – Controls

<iframe width="420" height="315"
src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tgbNymZ7vqY?controls=0">
</iframe>


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