How to Embed YouTube Videos in Joomla

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How to Embed YouTube Videos in Joomla

Displaying YouTube videos is one of the most popular things you can do with your Joomla site.

The OSYouTube plugin is the fastest and easiest way to do it. All you need to do is add the URL of the video into your articles.

There is a completely free version of OSYouTube. Here's how it works ...

Installing the YouTube plugin

  • Go to the OSYouTube download page.
  • In your Joomla site, go to the Extension Manage and upload OSYouTube.
  • Go to Extension Manager > Plugin Manager and enable the plugin.
  • Inside the plugin you can set the default height and width for the videos.
Joomla YouTube configuration options
  • Go to YouTube.com and find the video you want to use.
  • Copy the URL of the video.
Finding a YouTube URL to embed in Joomla
  • Paste the URL into an article, as below:
A youtube URL ready to embed in Joomla
  • Publish the article.
  • It's really that easy!
A Youtube video embedded in Joomla
There is a Pro version of OSYouTube that offers many more features. Here's a screenshot of the Pro options:
osyoutube pro options

Update: This blog post recommends OSYouTube. We also highly recommend the OSEmbed extension for embedding multimedia in Joomla.

OSEmbed is the easiest way to embed anything in Joomla. You can add YouTube videos with just a URL. Plus you can also add Facebook posts, Twitter tweets, Flickr images, Vimeo videos and over 60 other types of media.

What's the difference between OSEmbed and OSYouTube? Quite simply, OSEmbed supports more sources, whereas OSYouTube has more YouTube-specific features.


About the author

Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. Steve's work straddles the line between teaching and web development.