A MPMoviePlayerViewController subclass that can display YouTube videos.
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LBYouTubeView Rename user agent constants Jan 18, 2014
Sample Update Readme Jan 18, 2014
.gitignore Separated library and sample Jun 1, 2012
.gitmodules Added JSONKit as a submodule Jun 11, 2012
README.md Update Readme Jan 18, 2014



LBYouTubeView has been discontinued. I won't fix any issues anymore. Although this approach fixes a couple of issues, it does not work reliably enough. Check out XCDYouTubeVideoPlayerViewController. It's similar to this project but seems to work better as its way of extracting the video URL is less hacky.



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.