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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 ( for content retrieval, while utilizing as a single endpoint.


The most up-to-date documentation for Embedly-jQuery can be found on the README. If you've discovered the recursive nature of that statement, we applaud you.

The Embedly API documentation is at ' <>'_. We suggest reading:

You can continue to read the most up-to-date documentation below.


Embedly requires that you pass a key with every requests. To signup for a key please visit To avoid adding your key to every $.embedly call you can add it to the defaults like so:

$.embedly.defaults['key'] = 'Your Embedly Key';

# Directly
$.embedly('', {}, funciton(data){alert(data.title)});

# CSS Selector

Otherwise you must add it to every request like so:

# Directly
$.embedly('', {key:'Your Embedly Key'}, function(oembed, dict){

# CSS Selector
$('a').embedly({key:'Your Embedly Key'});

For the rest of the documentation we will assume that you set up the defaults or passing the key directly into the call.


Requires JQuery 1.3.1 or greater:

<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>

And Embedly-jQuery. You can either download the file here <> or use Embedly's CDN like so:

<script type="text/javascript" src=""></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('', {}, 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

endpoint [String:oembed]

A string value mapping to one of three Embedly endpoints. A paid plan is required for Preview and Objectify.

  • oembed - a standard in 3rd party embedding, contains a finite set of attributes.
  • preview - returns a larger set of attributes (multiple images, RSS content, and embeds in page) for customizing your embeds.
  • objectify - returns all of the meta and API data Embedly has for a link. Advanced users.

Developers intending to use Preview or Objectify will have to include their own success callback function for handling the embeds. Our default success callback is designed to work with oembed only.

key [string:'']
You can sign up or log in as an existing user to retrieve your Embedly key. A key will allow higher usage levels and extra features, see breakdown.
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 our generator to generate a regular expression for a specific set of sources.
method [String:'replace']

A string value 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
  • replaceParent - replaces parent element with the embed content
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.
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.

error [Function:default function]

Developers can write a function to handle URLs that Embedly does not. The error function has two parameters:

  • 'node' - this is a jQuery reference for the original <a> tag with the

    erroneous URL

  • 'dict' - an object containing error information. More information on what the dict includes can be found in our Documentation.

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.
Embedly will truncate the description to the number of characters you specify adding ... at the end when needed.
Embedly will truncate the description while trying to split the it at the closest sentence to that word count.
secure [Boolean:false]
Set to true if you want your requests to be made to the HTTPS endpoint.
autoplay [Boolean:false]
Set to true if you want videos to autoplay when loaded

Custom Event

Starting in revision 2.0.0 we have started writing the oEmbed data to the DOM elements using 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 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; The two are equivalent.


To get you going even faster, Embedly hosts all the files you need on The latest version is available here:

The most current version of jQuery Preview will be available here:


Examples can be found at -


BSD License can be found at -

Embedly URLs



  • Fixed how default values/settings are handled


  • Added secure and frame as a query param
  • Move qunit to lib
  • Removed jQuery as we weren't using it.


  • Updated the README.rst
  • Added $.embedly.defaults
  • Added char setting and description class to the embed. Thanks Daniel Levitt
  • Added word setting


  • added secure flag for https requests
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