Monday, April 18, 2011

YouTube video Thumbnails - iframe API

Each YouTube video is associated with four images, listed as follows:

The first one is a full size image and others are thumbnail images.

Here the youtube-video-id is 'JW5meKfy3fY', to get the thumbnails we can use the following urls:

YouTube video thumbnail generation using JavaScript

 function getThumbnail( yUrl, imageSize ){
 if( yUrl === null ){ 
   return ""; 

 imageSize = (imageSize === null) ? 0 : imageSize;
 var vId;
 var results;
//getting video id using regular expression

 results = yUrl.match("[\\?&]v=([^&#]*)");
 vId =  results[1];

 if(imageSize == 0 ){
  // small image
return ""+vId+"/2.jpg";
 }else {
  // large image 
return ""+vId+"/0.jpg";

Note: This post is for my reference only.


  1. wow thanks, that was great. would love to see others like this.

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