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Extension Embed Video

The EmbedVideo Extension is a MediaWiki extension which adds a parser function called #ev and various parser tags like <youtube> for embedding video clips from various video sharing services.
It also adds video and audio media handlers to support transforming standard [[File:Example.mp4]] file links into embedded HTML5 <video> and <audio> tags.

This privacy enhanced fork adds a toggleable setting that only loads external content after the user gave explicit consent by clicking the video.
Do note that thumbnails are still fetched from the respective service, which results in a connection to an external url. This behaviour can be disabled by setting $wgEmbedVideoFetchExternalThumbnails to false.

Issues, bug reports, and feature requests may be created at the issue tracker:

The original MediaWiki extension page is located at:


Large parts of the codebase are taken from Extension:EmbedVideo v2.9.0.


EmbedVideo is released under the MIT license

See LICENSE for more details



There are three places to download the EmbedVideo extension. The first is directly from its GitHub project page, where active development takes place. If you have git, you can use this incantation to check out a read-only copy of the extension source:

git clone

Downloadable archive packages for numbered releases will also be available from the github project page.

Installation Instructions

  1. Download the contents of the extension, as outlined above.
  2. Create an EmbedVideo folder in the extensions/ folder of your MediaWiki installation.
  3. Copy the contents of this distribution into that folder
  4. Install FFmpeg, when using the local video handler (enabled by default)

Add the following line to your LocalSettings.php:



Media Handler

For locally uploaded content the process for displaying it on a page is the same as an image. See the image syntax documentation on for complete reference on this feature.

This example would display a video in page using a HTML5 <video> tag.


To specify the start and end timestamps in the media use the start and end parameters. The timestamp can be formatted as one of: ss, :ss, mm:ss, hh:mm:ss, or dd:hh:mm:ss.


Additionally, a cover image can be set for video files by specifying a cover= key.



Example of a local file with a custom cover image.

Available options

The following options are available when using the media handler for local files.
Options are added to the wikitext like |poster=File:... or |start=2.

  • loop
    • Loops the audio / video
  • autoplay
    • Automatically plays the file
  • nocontrols
    • Disables the control elements

Options only available for video files:

  • poster / cover
    • Sets a local image file as the cover of the video
  • muted
    • Mutes the audio track of the video (required for autoplay)
  • gif
    • Special option that sets autoplay, muted, loop and nocontrols e.g. makes the video behave like a gif

When $wgEmbedVideoUseEmbedStyleForLocalVideos is enabled two additional options are available

  • title
    • Title of the video
  • description
    • Description shown below the video


The EmbedVideo parser function expects to be called in any of the following ways:

#ev - Classic Parser Tag

  • {{#ev:service|id}}
  • {{#ev:service|id|dimensions}}
  • {{#ev:service|id|dimensions|alignment}}
  • {{#ev:service|id|dimensions|alignment|description}}
  • {{#ev:service|id|dimensions|alignment|description|container}}
  • {{#ev:service|id|dimensions|alignment|description|container|urlargs}}

However, if needed optional arguments may be left blank by not putting anything between the pipes:

  • {{#ev:service|id|||description}}

Alternatively each parameter can be used in any order as a named parameter. The following parameter are available:

  • id
  • dimensions
  • alignment
  • description
  • container
  • urlArgs
  • autoresize
    • Set |autoresize=true to have the embed automatically use all available width of the parent element
  • vAlignment
  • width
  • height
  • poster / cover
    • This only has an effect if $wgEmbedVideoRequireConsent is set to true
  • title
    • This only has an effect if $wgEmbedVideoRequireConsent is set to true

Do note mixing named and unnamed parameters will require you to add all unnamed parameters (and blanks) in the previously mentioned order.
E.g. using named id and unnamed description {{#ev:service||||This is the Description|id=abc}}/ {{#ev:service|id=abc|||This is the Description}}

#evu - Embed Video Url

The {{#evu}} parser function tries to extract the service from the host name of an url.

It takes the same arguments as {{#ev}}.

#evl - Embed Video Link

The support for {{#evl}} / {{#vlink}} and <evlplayer> / <vplayer> has been added with version 3.4.0.

The link parser function takes the following arguments:

  • id - Video ID
  • text - Link Text
  • player - ID of the <evlplayer> if multiple exist on a page
  • service - Name of the embed service, defaults to YouTube

Named arguments can be passed in any order, unnamed args must be passed in the order defined above.

<evlplayer> / <vplayer>

The corresponding player that plays the videos defined by {{#evl}} links.

Note that this implementation differs from EmbedVideo v2.x in the following areas:

  • No default content is supported, i.e. text inside the tags
  • A default video id should be defined, else the player displays a blank embed
    • In the old implementation nothing was shown
  • No style attribute can be set
  • Video lists are not supported


<evlplayer w="width" h="height" class="class" id="example-player" defaultid="pSsYTj9kCHE"></evlplayer>`
{{#evl:21X5lGlDOfg|NASA Live|player=example-player}}`
{{#evl:6ZFbXIJkuI1dVNWvzJzown|text=Spotify Track|service=spotifytrack|player=example-player}}

Shows a YouTube embed for the video pSsYTj9kCHE and two video links, one for another YouTube video (NASA Live) and a Spotify track.



For more information on SharePoint embeds see Issue #60.

YouTube Examples

YouTube Example #1

For example, a video from YouTube use the 'youtube' service selector enter the raw ID:


Or the full URL:


YouTube Example #2

To display the same video as a right aligned large thumbnail with a description:

{{#ev:youtube||1000|right|Example description|frame}}

YouTube Example #3

Creating a video list for Youtube. This allows you to queue a set of video in a temporary playlist. Use the youtubevideolist service selector:


YouTube Example #4

Using the service name as a parser tag


YouTube Example #5

Using a local file as an embed thumbnail


YouTube Example #6

Using a local file as an embed thumbnail and specifying a title

{{#ev:youtube|pSsYTj9kCHE|poster=File:LocalFile.jpg|title=Title of the Embed}}

YouTube Example #7

Using named parameters


YouTube Example #8

For YouTube to have the video start at a specific time code utilize the urlargs(URL arguments) parameter. Take the rest of the URL arguments from the custom URL and place them into the urlargs.

Please note that not all video services support extra URL arguments or may have different keys for their URL arguments.








Supported Services

As of version 3.x, EmbedVideo supports embedding video content from the following services:

Site Service Name(s) ID Example URL Example(s) Videos archiveorg electricsheep-flock-244-80000-6
Bandcamp bandcamp 1003592798 (Click on share/embed, and copy the id after album=)
Bilibili bilibili BV1Hz4y1k7ae;page=1
DailyMotion dailymotion x1adiiw_archer-waking-up-as-h-jon-benjamin_shortfilms
KakaoTV kakaotv 301157950
Loom loom e5b8c04bca094dd8a5507925ab887002
NaverTV navertv 27831593
Niconico niconico sm40807360
SharePoint sharepoint Not Applicable https://[SUB][PATH]/_layouts/15/embed.aspx?UniqueId=[ID]&embed=[...]
SoundCloud soundcloud
Spotify spotifyalbum - Art embed 3B61kSKTxlY36cYgzvf3cP
Spotify spotifyartist - Artist embed 0YC192cP3KPCRWx8zr8MfZ
Spotify spotifytrack - Song embed 6ZFbXIJkuI1dVNWvzJzown
Twitch twitch - Live Streams twitchvod - Archived Videos on Demand twitchplayspokemon
Vimeo vimeo 105035718
YouTube youtube - Single Videos pSsYTj9kCHE
YouTube youtubeplaylist - Playlists PLY0KbDiiFYeNgQkjujixr7qD-FS8qecoP
YouTube youtubevideolist - Video List pSsYTj9kCHE - urlargs=playlist=pSsYTj9kCHE,pSsYTj9kCHE,pSsYTj9kCHE

New Services

New services can be requested by using the following link or clicking New Issue.

Configuration Settings

Variable Default Value Description
$wgEmbedVideoAddFileExtensions true Boolean - Enable or disable adding video/audio file extensions to the list of allowable files to be uploaded.
$wgEmbedVideoEnableVideoHandler true Boolean - Enable or disable the video media handlers for displaying embedded video in articles.
$wgEmbedVideoEnableAudioHandler true Boolean - Enable or disable the audio media handlers for displaying embedded audio in articles.
$wgEmbedVideoLazyLoadLocalVideos false Boolean - Sets 'preload="none"' on every
$wgEmbedVideoUseEmbedStyleForLocalVideos false Boolean - Styles local videos like they are embedded content. DO NOTE: When changing this, every page with a local video needs to be updated in the parser cache!
$wgEmbedVideoDefaultWidth 320 Integer - Globally override the default width of video players. When not set this uses the video service's default width which is typically 640 pixels.
$wgEmbedVideoMinWidth null Integer - Minimum width of video players. Widths specified below this value will be automatically bounded to it.
$wgEmbedVideoMaxWidth null Integer - Maximum width of video players. Widths specified above this value will be automatically bounded to it.
$wgFFprobeLocation /usr/bin/ffprobe String - Set the location of the ffprobe binary.
$wgEmbedVideoEnabledServices null Array - Array of service names that are allowed, if empty all services are available.
$wgEmbedVideoRequireConsent true Boolean - Set to true to only load the iframe if the user clicks it.
$wgEmbedVideoFetchExternalThumbnails true Boolean - Set to false to disable fetching video thumbnails from the external video provider. Currently only works for YouTube and Vimeo.


The original version of EmbedVideo was written by Jim R. Wilson. Additional major upgrades made by Andrew Whitworth, Alexia E. Smith, and other contributors.

See CREDITS for details