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YouTube Plugin

A simple plugin for October CMS to embed YouTube videos and meta data into your page.

Specifying the YouTube API Key

You need a YouTube API key. It is possible to embed videos without one, but in order to fetch the description and other meta data, an API key is required. Get one here.

Embedding a Video

Simply add the video component onto your page. In the commponent's settings, specify the YouTube video ID. It can be found at the end of the link to a YouTube video. So for example for this video 'https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ' the ID is 'dQw4w9WgXcQ'.

The component also has more options:

  • Player Controls: Wether control elements for the video are displayed.
  • Privacy Enhanced Mode: If you activate the privacy-enhanced mode, YouTube will not save information about the users on your website, unless they watch the video.
  • Responsiveness: Wether the video should be fixed size specified by width and height, or responsive.
  • Width & Height: The width and height of the video if it is not responsive. Otherwise they have no effect.

Backend Settigns

API key: The API key needs to be a valid YouTube API key.

Should errors be dispalyed?: The default markup includes a descriptive error message if one occurs. This can be disabled here.

Embed Video Without Additional Data

If you want to embed just the video, but without additional data, you can fork the component and remove everything except for the iframes. The plugin however still expects the API key, even though embedding videos is possible without.

If you don't want to specify the API key, you can copy and paste the iframe manually. See this. Notice, that you can also specify privacy enhanced mode and wether you want video controls to be displayed.

Default Markup with Bootstrap



The plugin embeds YouTube videos in an iframe element. The privacy enhanced mode and the player controls are encoded in the URL of the iframe.

Meta data such as title, description, date of publishing etc. are fetched each time the page is accessed before the page is rendered from the YouTube API v3. This requires you to specify an API key in the settings.

Avaiable Data

All meta data is avaiable in the video.data.xxx properties. The avaiable meta data (i.e. all data except the URL) is:

  • title
  • description
  • channelTitle
  • publishedAt
  • tags: a list of strings
  • thumbnails: a list of pictures


If an error occurs while fetching the meta data, e.g. an incorrect API key, then the following will happen:

  • The video's iframe itself will still be displayed.
  • If the settings allow it, an error message is shown on the page.
  • All meta data strings default to an empty string.

YouTube API Key Remarks

Getting an API key is free, however it you get only 100'000 points a day, and one request costs 1 point. So since we are not caching, it costs one point per video per website access. However, 100'000 points should be sufficient for most users.

If you restrict your API key to specific URLs, make sure your app.url setting is correct and your website's URL is whitelisted in the API restrictions. The plugin will set the app.url's value as the referer header, which Google uses.


Feel free to help.

Out Of Scope for Me

  • cache video meta data

Fix in license file.

Sep 09, 2020


Referer set properly, so YouTube API key can be restricted to specific URLs.

Sep 08, 2020


Default markup now uses Bootstrap.

Sep 08, 2020


Ready for release.

Sep 08, 2020


Permission improvements.

Sep 08, 2020


Proper localization.

Sep 08, 2020


Downgrade required PHP version to 7.3.x (from 7.4.x).

Sep 08, 2020


Replace \n with <br /> in description.

Sep 08, 2020



Sep 08, 2020


Initialize plugin.

Sep 08, 2020