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JW Player Logo

Plays everywhere, every time.

Live on over 2 million sites with 1.3 billion unique plays per month, JW Player is the solution for seamless video playback across browsers and media types. It empowers the developer to interact with video programmatically to create unique and awesome user experiences.


This is the non-commercial version of JW Player. It does not contain the same features as the commercial-use player available from jwplayer.com. Commercial use and access to features requires a license. Learn more at https://www.jwplayer.com/pricing/. If you are a paid customer and want a player, please download it from the "Downloads" section of your JW Dashboard.

Official Documentation

A Simple Example

The example below will render a video player into the div with the player id, listens to an event, and makes a few calls using the API.

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <script src='LINK_TO_YOUR_PLAYER'></script>
    <div id="player">Loading the player...</div>
        // Setup the player
        const player = jwplayer('player').setup({
            file: 'LINK_TO_YOUR_FILE.mp4'

        // Listen to an event
        player.on('pause', (event) => {
            alert('Why did my user pause their video instead of watching it?');

        // Call the API
        const bumpIt = () => {
            const vol = player.getVolume();
            player.setVolume(vol + 10);


We appreciate all contributions towards the player! Before submitting an issue or PR, please see our contributing docs here.

Building the Player

We use grunt and a few npm scripts to build the player, lint code, and run tests. Debug code is built to /bin-debug, while minified & uglified code is built to /bin-release. Code is built with webpack, linted with eslint, and tested with karma, mocha and chai.


  • Node.js with npm
  • yarn is preferred for package management
  • Install global npm dependencies yarn global add eslint grunt-cli jsdoc karma-cli stylelint webpack webpack-cli


  1. Fork the project, clone your fork, and set up the remotes:
# Clone your fork of the repo into the current directory
git clone https://github.com/<your-username>/jwplayer
# Navigate to the newly cloned directory
cd jwplayer
# Assign the original repo to a remote called "upstream"
git remote add upstream https://github.com/jwplayer/jwplayer
  1. Install the dependencies:
# Install dependencies
yarn global add eslint grunt-cli jsdoc karma-cli stylelint webpack webpack-cli
yarn install
# Optionally, install webpack-dev-server
yarn global add webpack-dev-server
  1. Build the player:
# Build once
# Complete Watch - builds JS, lints, and tests on each change
grunt serve
# Quick JS Watch - build only. Requires webpack-dev-server to be installed globally
webpack-dev-server -w --env.debug --port 8888 --output-public-path /bin-debug/
# Open the test page from another terminal window
open http://localhost:8888/test/manual/
  1. Test your code:
# All browsers
grunt test
# Individual browsers - chrome, firefox, safari
grunt karma:{BROWSER} e.g. grunt karma:chrome
  1. Lint your code:
yarn run lint
  1. Setup git pre-push hook This will add a pre-push script to the project's .git/hooks folder that will lint and run unit tests on the branch before any push.
grunt hooks

Framework Integration

While the JW team does not maintain any framework integrations of our own, there are developers in our community who do. We recommend the following libraries:

Framework Link
React https://github.com/micnews/react-jw-player

If you have a library which you believe is good enough to meet the needs of other developers using a certain framework, please open a pull request modifying the above table.

Software License

The use of this library is governed by a Creative Commons license. You can use, modify, copy, and distribute this edition as long as it’s for non-commercial use, you provide attribution, and share under a similar license. http://www.jwplayer.com/license/