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Embedly - JQuery - An OEmbed Library to Replace Links with Content

Embedly - JQuery is a JQuery Library for Embedly that will replace links with content. It follows the oEmbed spec (http://oembed.com) for content retrieval, while utilizing http://api.embed.ly as a single endpoint.


The most up-to-date documentation can be found on the README. If you've discovered the recursive nature of that statement, good on you. You can continue to read the most up-to-date documentation below.

Updates in Rev 2.0.0

  • added support for jQuery chainability
  • new usage of jQuery.data() for saving oEmbed data to the DOM
  • added a custom event for handling oEmbed returns
  • added support for pro.embed.ly
  • added qUnit testing suite and tests


Requires JQuery 1.3.1 or greater:

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4.4/jquery.min.js"></script>

Using Embedly-JQuery

There are two ways to interact with this library. You can call Embedly directly or use CSS Selectors to replace links

Call Directly

Will Return a JSON object representing an oembed or null, and a dictionary object representing the original url and DOM node.

#Alert the tile of a video
$.embedly('http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfamTmY5REw', {}, function(oembed, dict){

# Call with maxWidth option set to 600px and maxHeight option set to 400px
         { maxWidth: 600,
          maxHeight: 400,
            success: function(oembed, dict){

# Pass in an array of urls to load simultaneously
          {maxWidth: 600,
            success: function(oembed, dict){
 # Include a jQuery set of DOM elements so it behaves more like the CSS Selector form below
 # this form returns the jQuery set, so you can chain jQuery functions after it
           {maxWidth: 600,
               elems: $('#element'),
             success: function(oembed, dict){

CSS Selector

Use a CSS selector to replace every valid link with an embed on the page.

# Replace all valid links

# Replace a subset of links

# Replace with maxWidth option set to 600px and method option set to 'after'

# Replace only Hulu links
$('a').embedly({maxWidth:600,'urlRe': /http:\/\/(www\.hulu\.com\/watch.*)/i,'method':'after'});

# Embedly now supports chaining, so you can modify your original jQuery set after triggering Embedly

Valid Options

maxWidth [Number:null]
A number representing the "max width" in pixels a piece of content can be displayed in your page.
maxHeight [Number:null]
A number representing the "max height" in pixels a piece of content can be displayed in your page.
urlRe [RegEx:]
A regular expression representing what links to show content for. Use : http://api.embed.ly/tools/generator to generate regular expressions for a specific set of sources.
method [String:'replace']

A string value either "replace" or "after" to tell Embedly how to place the content in your page.

  • replace - replaces the link with the content.
  • after - inserts the content after the link.
  • afterParent - inserts the content after the parent element.
wrapElement [String:'div']
A string value representing the valid html element to wrap the content in.
className [String:'embed']
A string value representing a CSS class you would like to assign to the wrapElement.
addImageStyles [Boolean:true]
A boolean value representing whether or not Embedly should use the style element to resize images based on the maxWidth and maxHeight parameters
embedly_wmode [String:'opaque']

A string value either window, opaque or transparent representing the flash WMODE parameter which allows layering of Flash content with DHTML layers.

  • window - movie plays in its own rectangular window on a web page.
  • opaque - the movie hides everything on the page behind it.
  • transparent - the background of the HTML page shows through all transparent portions of the movie, this may slow animation performance.
key [string:'']
If you are an Embedly Pro user, you should have a Pro Key assigned. Log in at http://pro.embed.ly/login to find your API Key. This will unlock all the features of pro.embed.ly for your site
success [Function:default function]
If you would like to replace our default callback action, which takes ['replace','after','afterParent'] as a parameter and writes the oEmbed.code to your DOM element, You may do so with this function. Alternatively you can use the optional function parameter in the embedly({}, function(){}) call, but we're deprecating that in favor of this optional parameter. If you want to access the oEmbed data, but still keep the default callback function, we have introduced a new custom event handler that fires when the oEmbed object is returned. Read below for more information on that


Starting in revision 2.0.0 we are supporting Embedly Pro. While API requests are limited to the 150+ services we currently support and maintain, Pro users get the added benefit of being able to preview any URL. We will return a title, a description, and any relevant information we can scrape from the URL. If you would like to learn more, visit http://pro.embed.ly If you have your Pro Key, be sure to include it in your optional parameters.

Custom Event

Starting in revision 2.0.0 we have started writing the oEmbed data to the DOM elements using jQuery.data(). You can read more about the data function here, but basically saves the oembed data on the element for retrieval later. For example:

# $('a').embedly()
# ... after the AJAX returns an oembed ...

This call returns the oembed object for each a tag, so you can access the data later on. Because this data is not written to the DOM until the AJAX requests are complete we have added a custom event listener called 'embedly-oembed.' This event fires for each node when the oEmbed object is written to the node using jQuery.data(). We did this so that developers could continue to use our default callback function for writing embeds to the page and still have access to the oembed data for customization.

# version 1
$('a').embedly({maxWidth:500}).bind('embedly-oembed', function(e){
  var oembed = $(this).data('oembed');

# version 2
$('a').embedly({maxWidth:500}).bind('embedly-oembed', function(e, oembed){

The event handler gets the oembed object passed in as a parameter as well if you don't want to use jQuery.data(); The two are equivalent.


Examples can be found at - http://github.com/embedly/embedly-jquery/tree/master/examples/


BSD License can be found at - http://github.com/embedly/embedly-jquery/tree/master/LICENSE/

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