A UIView subclass that displays YouTube videos using a MPMoviePlayerController.
Pull request Compare This branch is 3 commits behind lbrndnr:master.
Fetching latest commit…
Cannot retrieve the latest commit at this time.
Failed to load latest commit information.




LBYouTubeView is just a small view that is able to display YouTube videos in a MPMoviePlayerController. You even have the choice between high-quality and standard quality stream.

How does it work? It just loads the HTML code of YouTube's mobile website and looks for the data in the script tag. LBYouTubeView doesn't use UIWebView which makes it faster and look cleaner.


LBYouTubeView is dead simple. Just add an instance as a subview to a UIViewControllers view and tell it, what video it should load.


  1. Drag the LBYouTubeView folder into your project.
  2. Import the MediaPlayer.framework.
  3. If you need to support iOS 4, add JSONKit to your project and set -fno-objc-arc compiler flag to JSONKit.m.


LBYouTubePlayerViewController* controller = [[LBYouTubePlayerViewController alloc] initWithYouTubeURL:[NSURL URLWithString:@"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fTIhC1WSew&list=FLEYfH4kbq85W_CiOTuSjf8w&feature=mh_lolz"] quality:LBYouTubeVideoQualityLarge];
controller.delegate = self;
controller.view.frame = CGRectMake(0.0f, 0.0f, 200.0f, 200.0f);
controller.view.center = self.view.center;
[self.view addSubview:self.controller.view];

You can also only extract video URL without to use LBYouTubePlayerViewController directly:

LBYouTubeExtractor* extractor = [[LBYouTubeExtractor alloc] initWithURL:URL quality:quality];
extractor.delegate = self;
[extractor startExtracting];


LBYouTubeView requires iOS 4. Also, it is deployed for an ARC environment.


LBYouTubeView is licensed under the MIT License.

YouTube EULA

As stated in Google's Monetization Guidelines that attempting to play a YouTube video outside of either the YouTube embedded, custom or chromeless player is strictly prohibited by the API Terms of Service. LBYouTubeView most likely does violate those guidelines. However, it seems like Apple lets your app pass through their review. Anyway, use it on your own risk.