YouTube Player API for Partial Embeds

Published in: Javascript - YouTube

You can embed a part of YouTube video using the YouTube Player API. The API offers loadVideoById and cueVideoById function both of which allow you to specify a start and end time for the embedded video.

<!-- We specify the various video parameters in a DIV tag -->



  YouTube Embed Code

  Author:   Amit Agarwal
  Date:     04/15/2013


  var node = "youtube-player";

  // Append the YouTube IFRAME API Script
  var youtube = document.createElement("script");
  youtube.type = "text/javascript";
  youtube.src = "//";

  var s = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];
  s.parentNode.insertBefore(youtube, s);

  var player;

  // Read all the parameter of the DIV tag
  var params = document.getElementById(node);

  var startTime = params.getAttribute("startTime");
  var endTime = params.getAttribute("endTime");
  var videoID = params.getAttribute("videoID");
  var playerHeight = params.getAttribute("height");
  var playerWidth = params.getAttribute("width");

  // Prepare the YouTube Player
  // We set rel=0 and showinfo=1 to hide related videos & info bar

  function onYouTubeIframeAPIReady() {
    player = new YT.Player(node, {
      height: playerHeight,
      width: playerWidth,
      playerVars: { rel: 0, showinfo: 0, hidecontrols: 1 },
      events: {
        onReady: loadVideo,

  // When the player is ready, we load the video
  // Using cueVideoById and not loadVideoById as the
  // former function will not autoplay the video.
  function loadVideo(e) {{
      videoId: videoID,
      startSeconds: startTime,
      endSeconds: endTime,
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