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YouTube® playback customization options

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Customize YouTube® video playback by adding web query parameters

Following examples demonstrate YouTube playback customization technique by adding web query parameters to the video URL (i.e. the links to YouTube video items).

Setting the video playback starting point

Setting the video playback starting point by specifying the offset-time in minutes and seconds from the beginning of video clip (in this example, it is set to 1min:50 sec, which will force the player to start the sample music-video "The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony" at specified time marker):[^],
where parameter "NGRgHj9hsqw" represents the actual video item ID in YouTube classification system; this is the mandatory part of YouTube URL string. Parameter &t=1m50s specifies the video playback starting point. Alternatively, it could be coded in the following format: #t=1m50s

Full Screen Mode

Playback in a Full Screen mode:, where 1lyu1KKwC74 represents the aforementioned video id.


Playback Autoplay option in a full-screen mode is set to "OFF" by default. In order to turn it "ON", add the parameter "&autoplay=1" to the end of the URL web query.


Playback Loop (number of video re-plays) could be specified by adding the following parameter: “&loop=2” to the end of the query to play the video twice or “&loop=3” to replay it three times and so on.

Related Videos option On/Off

Turn “OFF” the "Related Video" option to filter-off "extras" from the video port by adding “&rel=0” to the end of the web query.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

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Dr. Alexander Bell (aka DrABell) is a seasoned full-stack Software (Win/Web/Mobile) and Data Engineer. He holds PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, authored 37 inventions and published 100+ technical articles; currently focused on Microsoft Azure Cloud and Android Mobile development projects. Alex participated in App Innovation Contests (AIC 2102/2013) w/multiple winning submissions. Sample apps/publications:

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Ed Nutting5-Jun-11 23:30
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Reason for my vote of 5
Good tip! Very good share, I never knew you could customise YouTube playback :P

Brutuscat seems to totally have missed the point of tip/tricks, most of them do simply give good explanation of documentation and often don't do anything particularly 'new'. If that's what he's looking for he should look at Articles, not Tip/Tricks. This Tip/Trick is very good Smile | :)
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Generalnice ,my 5+ Pin
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