Prettier embeds for your YouTubes - with nice options like high-res preview images, advanced customization of embed options, and optional FitVids support.

Code Quality Rank: L2
Programming language: JavaScript
Tags: Video/Audio    
Latest version: v1.2.1

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Prettier embeds for your YouTubes - with nice options like high-res preview images, advanced customization of embed options, and optional FitVids support.

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  • Choose from one of eight thumbnail sizes
  • Implement programmatically or via HTML5 data- attributes

Getting Started


There are two methods of implementing PrettyEmbed.js - an HTML5 driven method, and a script driven method.

  1. Include jQuery
  2. Include waitForImages
  3. On the document.ready() event, call the plugin

HTML5 Driven Application

Form embeds by attaching the class of .pretty-embed, as well as any other required data-pe- options.

<div class="pretty-embed" data-pe-videoid="aBcDeFg12345" data-pe-fitvids="true"></div>

Call the plugin

$().prettyEmbed({ useFitVids: true });

Script Driven

Create an HTML placeholder, such as this:

<div id="my-video-display"></div>

Call the plugin on the placeholder element:

    videoID: 'aBcDeFg12345',
    previewSize: 'hd',              // use either this option...
    customPreviewImage: '',         // ...or this option

    // Embed controls
    showInfo: false,
    showControls: true,
    loop: false,

    colorScheme: 'dark',
    showRelated: false,

    useFitVids: true

Note that html5 data-pe- attributes will take precedence over the options called programmatically. E.g. data-pe-videoid="aBcDeFg1234" takes precedence over options.videoID: '1234GfEdCbA'.

Also Note that if a particular preview image size is loading a generic gray "three dots" image, YouTube might not have generated a thumbnail in this size. Try a different size.


Name Description
videoID The video ID of the YouTube video. This option will be ignored if the data-videoid attribute is present. (E.g.: aBcDeFg12345)
previewSize Preview image size pulled from YouTube. This option will be ignored if the customPreviewImage attribute is present. Available sizes from smallest to largest: thumb-default, thumb-1, thumb-2, thumb-3, default, medium, high, hd (default)
customPreviewImage Custom defined preview image URL. This option overrides options.previewSize.
showInfo Display video information (top bar).
showControls Display YouTube player controls.
loop Play video as a loop.
closedCaptions Displays closed captions (if available).
localization Changes the localization. Accepts an ISO 639-1 two-letter language code.
colorScheme Display YouTube player user interface.
showRelated Display YouTube related videos on video end.
allowFullScreen Defaults to true, can be set to false to disable the viewer from viewing in fullscreen mode.
useFitVids Call FitVids.js on .pretty-embed instances once the video(s) is/are loaded.



  • Fixed mobile player bug
  • New option: allowFullScreen which can be used to turn off fullscreen viewing mode


  • Fixed those annoying "black bars" that would show up on the sides of the video once playing
  • Fixed an issue which would cause HTML5 data-pe- attributes to break
  • Removed the background-color from .pretty-embed, because be more flexible, ya know?
  • New option: closedCaptions to turn on closed captions (if available)
  • New option: localization which accepts an ISO 639-1 two-letter language code


  • Better multiple instance handling
  • Fixed duplicate appended styles on multiple instances
  • Better handling of mobile - this means that placeholders are not custom on mobile since YouTube does not allow for autoplay=1 on mobile devices (boooo)
  • Added option to choose preview image size pulled from YouTube
  • Removed use of deprecated .selector property, which allowed for further minification and a cleaner application of the embedded CSS
  • Fixed ugly default border on YouTube embeds
  • Improved documentation


  • Initial Release


Thanks to the contributors and suggestions from around the web.

Thanks to alexanderdickson for waitForImages, which this plugin leverages for dynamic image previews.


Mike Zarandona | @mikezarandona