Smart Youtube WordPress Plugin

Guys I am really sorry but I am not able to provide support for this plugin. That's the "price" of it being free. Most of the things you think don't work, really work, please check the documentation before you despair :)

Smart Youtube is a WordPress Video plugin that allows you to easily insert videos/playlists into your post, comments and in your RSS feed. The plugin is designed to be small and fast and not use any external resources.

Smart Youtube is one of the most popular WordPress plugins, with more than 1,000,000 downloads.

From version 4.0 Smart Youtube changed the name to Smart Youtube PRO and now also supports playback of Youtube, Vimeo, Metacafe, Liveleak and Facebook high quality videos, works on iPhone&iPad, produces xHTML valid code (unlike YouTube embed code), allows you to view videos in fullscreen, has robust widget support and much more.

The videos will be embedded in your RSS feed as well, and if this is not support by the reader you can choose to have video link and/or video preview screenshot displayed instead.

Main Features

  • Easily embeds YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe, Liveleak and Facebook videos (normal/HD mode)
  • Works on iPhone, iPad and iPod
  • Embed YouTube playlist (normal/HD)
  • Supports latest high quality video protocols (360p and HD quality 720p)
  • Allows full YouTube customization (colors, border, size, full screen...)
  • Supports video deep linking (starting at desired point with &start=time parameter)
  • Supports migrated blogs from
  • Supports migration from other Youtube plugins such as wp-youtube
  • Extract video thumbnails in your archive/category posts
  • Provides a sidebar widget for videos as well
  • Produces xHTML valid code
  • Very fast and light, no extra scripts needed


You can discuss all plugin related issues in the wordpress plugin forums.




Installation & Usage

  1. Upload the whole plugin folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ folder.
  2. Go to the Plugins page and activate the plugin.
  3. Use the Options page to change RSS feed options
  4. When you want to display Youtube video in your post, paste the video link with httpv:// (notice the 'v')

Example: httpv://

0000000 part is your video REF#

The video will be automatically embedded to your post in the proper way.

If you want to post a high/HD (DVD quality, 720p) quality video you would use httpvh:// ('vh' for video high resolution)

To embed a playlist use extension 'vp' (eg. httpvp://

To use video deep linking just add &start=time parameter at the end of url. For example httpv:// will start the video 30 seconds in.

Additionally, you can set how do you want the video to be displayed in your RSS feed. Smart Youtube can show the preview image of the video (automatically grabbed from Youtube), the link to the video, or both. I recommend enabling only the preview image.








= 4.0 =
* Major release
* Added support for Vimeo, Metacafe, Liveleak and Facebook videos
* Now parses http:// and httpv:// videos jsut the same
* Option to autoplay only the first video on the page
* Exctract Video thumbnails
* Show video is Colorbox
* New much better, sidebar Widget support

= 3.9.1 =

Support for WiziApp.

= 3.8 =
* Support for new IFRAME embed code
* Support for HD playlists (httpvhp)
* Support for new play formats (1280x745 & 960x745)


- Changes to Iphone video embed



  1. Mar 14th, 2008 10:28 PM

    Finally a youtube plugin that really works. No more raw code!

  2. Mar 10th, 2008 5:59 PM

    I'm looking for a wordpress plugin for my African safari blog that will open a video like the one on Any suggestion on where i could find it?

  3. Mar 7th, 2008 11:03 PM

    Pressing thumbnail in feed brings you to YouTube site. You can try that with my feed. The links you quote do not have to do anything with nor are produced by my plugin.

  4. cartmanxxl
    Mar 7th, 2008 2:59 PM

    I hope it's on the plugin side; after all I can do without watching in Firefox and hope everybody else doesn't have the problem
    I found another way to embed YouTube in Wordpres but I would have to give up on visual editor in WordPress and it doesn't seem to work in IE7 so I stick with Smart Youtube; but hey here is another question - what happens if you press the thumbnail in rss feed? do you go to YouTube site? 'cause I get another failure and this time in every browser:

  5. Mar 7th, 2008 2:24 PM

    Firefox is my browser of choice too and the plugin of course works with it. If I am to make a guess what went wrong by looking at your picture I would say that it would be one of (many) firefox plugins you use.

  6. cartmanxxl
    Mar 7th, 2008 2:16 PM

    firstly it's really cool plugin; thanks
    but here is a problem; it works perfectly in Opera and IE7 but fails in Firefox; I hope you can help me as Firefox is my primary browser
    here is the screenshot of the failure:
    here is the site:

  7. Mar 6th, 2008 7:40 PM

    That worked, love it! Thank you!

  8. Mar 6th, 2008 5:54 PM

    You are not doing anything wrong, the youtube video window is just that size. However you can change the size and make them smaller. If you edit the plugin you can find code looking like this width="425" height="355", and you can change this to any size you need.

  9. Mar 6th, 2008 5:49 PM

    Is there a way for me to change the size the YouTube video appears in my post? I just installed it and it's bleeding over to my right column...

    I know I'm doing something wrong but not sure what. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

  10. Ross
    Mar 3rd, 2008 2:30 PM

    This plugin is great! And much easier than the other plugins available in wordpress. Thank you! Already tagged you in my bookmarks. :)

  11. Mar 1st, 2008 12:48 AM

    Great plugin! Works straight out of the box.

    it has made my formatting life so much easier!

    Cheers for this.

  12. Feb 25th, 2008 8:24 PM

    This is not an issue with the plugin as I use it in Firefox and has probably something to do with the way your firefox is setup.

  13. Feb 25th, 2008 8:18 PM

    Very helpful plugin and very easy to use. I have a question though. When I play the video on Internet Explorer, the video plays directly on my website. When I switch over to Mozilla Firefox, it opens up youtube website where I took the link from. How do I fix this in Mozilla Firefox to make it play on my website instead.

    Thank you.

  14. Feb 24th, 2008 10:48 PM

    Thanks Bryan, that is what I wanted to hear ;)

  15. Feb 24th, 2008 10:37 PM

    Good looking out on this plugin! I run a movie-themed blog and this really makes the entire process of embedding Youtube clips extraordinarily simple.

  16. Feb 7th, 2008 3:11 PM

    Not at present but I will look into this functionality for next version.

  17. craig
    Feb 7th, 2008 2:18 PM

    can you embed a youtube video OUTSIDE of a post or the RSS feed ..?

    i wanna put a youtube clip in my sidebar ..?

  18. Feb 6th, 2008 11:04 PM

    Thank you for this plugin. I am using it because I needed a way to show an icon in by feed instead of an embedded player. This allows it to be more apparent that there is a video in my post when something like Facebook aggregates by feed, and does not allow in-line embed, but allows img tags.

    I hope you can keep it up to date as wordpress evolves.


  19. Jan 26th, 2008 4:58 PM

    Just wondering if this will work for videos from other sites like googlevideo, metacafe if i just used the httpv:// when I paste the video link

  20. Jan 22nd, 2008 12:46 AM

    Thanks for the feedback it means a lot to me!

  21. Jan 21st, 2008 9:19 PM

    Thanks for the plugin!! Appreciate it.I will also keep you posted on how it works

  22. Jan 15th, 2008 12:33 AM

    This looks like a very useful plugin. I will be using it a lot. I will also keep you posted on how it works

  23. Agent EOS
    Dec 21st, 2007 12:03 AM

    Thanks for the plugin!! Appreciate it.

  24. Dec 14th, 2007 12:20 PM

    If you a look at the photo above in the post, you will see preview image of videos directly injected in the rss feed. You can also select to only inject video links.

  25. Dec 14th, 2007 4:56 AM

    How does your plugin help it get into the RSS feed? I have a theme that does the Youtube embedding on it's own, by using a custom field, but I'd like to get it into my RSS feeds.

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