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HTML | Adding Youtube videos

  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Last Updated : 18 Sep, 2018

In the early days, adding a video to a webpage was a real challenge since one had to convert the videos to different formats to make them play in all browsers. Converting videos to different formats can be difficult and time-consuming. Now, adding a video to a webpage has become as easy as copying and pasting and a very apt solution to add videos to a website is using Youtube. Youtube helps to host a video for a user so that they can be further embedded on webpages.

YouTube displays an id like “BGAk3_2zi8k”, whenever a video is saved or played. This id is further used as a referral for the youtube video to be embedded in the webpage.

Steps to add a Youtube video on a Webpage :

  1. Upload the video that you want to embed on your webpage on YouTube.
  2. Copy the video id of the video.
  3. Use iframe, object or ’embed’ element in your web page for video definition.
  4. Use the src attribute to point to the URL of the video.
  5. Dimensions of the player can be adjusted using the width and height attributes.

Steps to get the Video Id of a youtube video :

  1. Open the youtube video whose Id you want.
  2. Right click on the video, from the menu select “Stats for nerds”.


  3. The first value in the box is the Video ID.

The video id of this video is : il_t1WVLNxk



Adding Youtube video :

1) Using iFrame tag:




<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<body>
  
<iframe height="480" width="500"  
</iframe>
  
</body>
</html>

Output :


Enabling YouTube autoplay feature:
Youtube’s autoplay feature can be used to automatically play a video when a user visits that page.

There are two types of parameters that can be used :

  1. Value 1 : The video starts playing automatically when the player loads.
  2. Value 0 (default case) : The video does not play automatically when the player loads.




<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<body>
  
<iframe height="480" width="500"
</iframe>
  
</body>
</html>

Output :


Creating a YouTube playlist :

A playlist of youtube videos can be created using comma character which separates the list of videos to play.

The loop parameter is used to loop the number of playbacks on the videos :

  1. Value 1 : The video will keep on looping again and again.
  2. Value 0 (default case) : The video plays only once.




<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<body>
  
<iframe height="480" width="500"   
           AS_dAPN1Dlk?playlist=AfxHGNRtFac&loop=1">
</iframe>
  
</body>
</html>

Output :




Enabling / Disabling Youtube controls :

The Youtube Player offers controls like play, pause, volume etc that can be disabled or enabled using the controls parameter.
There are two parameters available that can be used :

  1. Value 1 (default case) : Player controls are displayed.
  2. Value 0 : Player controls are not displayed.

For Enabling Controls :




<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<body>
  
<iframe  width="440" height="372" 
</iframe>
  
</body>
</html>

Output :


For Disabling Controls :




<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<body>
  
<iframe  width="440" height="372" 
</iframe>
  
</body>
</html>

Output :


2) Using object tag:




<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<body>
  
<object width="480" height="500"
</object>
  
</body>
</html>

Output :


3) Using embed tag:




<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<body>
  
<embed width="480" height="500"
  
</body>
</html>

Output :


Note: Nowadays, the object and the embed tag are not appreciated, therefore it is recommended to use the iframe tag.

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