10 YouTube URL Tricks You Should Know About

Ben Stegner Updated 14-12-2019

Though YouTube remains the premier video site on the web, you probably don’t think much about customizing it. But whether you’re a casual user or watch online videos every day, there are all sorts of ways to tweak YouTube.

A major category of these are special YouTube URLs. Let’s look at some YouTube URL tricks to help you get more out of the service, like turning videos into GIFs.

1. Link to Any Part of a Video

YouTube Copy URL Current Time

Typically, when you copy a link to a YouTube video, it starts from the beginning. If you want to show someone just a bit of a video or skip a lengthy intro, you can append a time stamp to the URL to start it at that time.

You can do this in a couple of ways. By manually adding &t=YmXXs to the end of a video URL, you’ll set it to start Y minutes and XX seconds into the video. You can omit minutes, or use only seconds, such as 90s for a minute and a half. So this video:

Can be shared 90 seconds in using this URL:

If you don’t want to use the manual method, pause the video at the time you’d like to share it at, then right-click and choose Copy video URL at current time. And there are plenty more YouTube sharing tricks worth knowing Share YouTube Videos Quickly With These 5 Minimal Tools You watch YouTube videos and then you share them. Have you considered that there are several ways to share the videos you enjoy? Read More .

2. Loop a Video Infinitely

YouTube is a great place for listening to music, especially video game soundtracks for studying The 20 Best Video Game Soundtracks for Studying or Relaxing Video game music is engineered to promote focus with enjoyable background tracks. If you need some music for studying or relaxing, look no further. Read More . If you’re into a song and want to listen to it over and over, you can add repeater after youtube in the URL. This will open the video at, which loops the video for you.

So change this URL:

To this to loop it:

You can tweak the playback using the options below the video if you want to start or end at different points. To do this without changing the URL, just right-click any YouTube video and toggle Loop on.

3. Bypass Age Restrictions

YouTube Age Warning

YouTube has age restrictions on certain videos that are flagged as containing mature content. Whether you don’t have a YouTube account or don’t feel like signing in to watch one, you can perform a little trick to bypass the sign-in.

Take a YouTube URL for a restricted video like this:

Simply append gen in front of youtube as shown here:

The video will open on a new page that features no age restriction.

4. Skip a Certain Amount of the Intro

Similar to the trick that lets you pick the start time, you can also choose to skip a certain number of seconds at the start of the video. You can’t specify minutes with this one, so use 90 (seconds) for a minute and a half.

So, to skip the first 30 seconds of this video:

Add &start=30 to the end of the URL and get this:

This is similar to the timing one but is a bit faster to type and doesn’t require you to remember a certain time stamp.

5. Claim a Custom YouTube Channel URL

YouTube Custom Channel URL

If you have your own YouTube channel and meet certain requirements, you can set a vanity URL for your page. This is much easier to remember than the default random string of characters, so it’s worth doing for easier linking.

To get a custom URL, your channel needs to meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least 100 subscribers
  • Be at least 30 days old
  • Have an uploaded profile photo and channel art

If you satisfy these, head to YouTube’s Advanced settings page by clicking the gear in the top-right, choosing Settings, and clicking Advanced settings on the left. Here under Channel settings, you’ll see the text You’re eligible for a custom URL if that’s the case. Click the link next to this and proceed through the steps to create a custom URL and confirm the terms of use.

Once your custom URL is set up, anyone can head to[YourCustomURL] to visit your channel. Note that you can only have one custom URL at a time. You can’t change it, but you’re allowed to remove your current URL and create a new one, if it’s available.

6. Check Out YouTube TV

YouTube TV Interface

YouTube TV is an interface designed for smart TVs and apps on consoles. It’s still YouTube, but with less clutter and a few shortcuts that are easier for remotes. You probably won’t want to make this your main YouTube interface, but it’s worth checking out for a cleaner look.

Just visit this URL to try it:

7. Jump Straight to Your Subscriptions

As hard as it tries, many times the suggestions offered by YouTube aren’t useful. Whether your recommendations are filled with strange content or the home page contains videos you don’t care about, you can set a better YouTube landing page.

When you’re signed in, try changing your YouTube bookmark from the main site to your subscriptions page using this URL:  

This lets you see the newest videos from channels you subscribe to, so you don’t miss any of their new content. Thus, you’re in control of what you see instead of YouTube deciding for you.

8. Grab the Thumbnail of Any Video

It’s common when searching Google for images to see pictures from YouTube videos, usually titled maxresdefault.

You can actually view a high-quality thumbnail for any YouTube video (if it has one) by visiting the following URL:[VideoID]/maxresdefault.jpg  

Replace the [VideoID] with the text after the v= at the end of a YouTube video. So to view the thumbnail for this video:

Visit this link:

9. Make a GIF from a Video

YouTube Create GIF

Found a YouTube video that has a GIF-worthy moment? You can easily create an animated GIF from any part of a video by adding gif before the YouTube link.

So to edit this video into a GIF:

Change the URL to this:

You’ll be brought to, where you can add a variety of effects and crop the GIF to your liking. Once done, share the GIF to social networks with an easy link or download it for safekeeping.

Note that exceptionally long videos won’t work with this service.

10. Mash Up YouTube Videos

This one isn’t a true URL hack, as you can’t visit it right from YouTube. However, it still uses YouTube URLs, so we’re including it. Visit YouTubeDoubler and you can add two YouTube URLs to mix together. You can choose to start either video at a certain time to help them sync up.

Whether you see how two songs sound when played at the same time or want to add some funny background music to a clip, have a look and see what you can create!

Start Having Fun with YouTube

These tricks will let you get even more out of YouTube. Some are built into YouTube itself, while others rely on outside services. It’s possible that any of these could stop working in the future, so your mileage may vary as time passes.

For more like this, check out apps that bypass YouTube restrictions 5 YouTube Cheats to Break Restrictions and Make YouTube Fun Again Want a better YouTube experience? Here are a few apps with smart ideas so that you can watch YouTube in a much better way. Read More and the best tools to make YouTube even better Make YouTube Even Better With These 15 Amazing Tools Do you want to add lyrics to music videos? Get YouTube to play in a pop-out window? Mix together some of your favorite songs? These tricks allow you to do all that and more. Read More . And if you’d like to watch YouTube simultaneously with your friends 8 Ways to Watch YouTube Videos Together With Friends In this article, we've compiled a list of the ways to watch YouTube together with friends far away. And sync the videos as well. Read More , we’ll show you how to do that, too.

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    Is there any way to get a direct video download link from YouTube which works on another device for a long time? I tried a lot of third party software to generate the direct download links, but after a short time these links become dead.

  4. Alex
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    11. Bypass YouTube login for age-restricted videos.

    If you are using public computers and don't want to signup with your account, just add NSFW before .com


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    Great tips now do you have one for getting around a permanent ban? I reshared videos others were already sharing yet I was the one who got banned .

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  20. PCH
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    I just created a simple bookmarklet to accomplish trick #3—Bypass Age Restrictions—with a single click.

    In Google Chrome, open Bookmarks=>Bookmark Manager.
    Ckick on 'Bookmarks Bar', then Right-click on 'Bookmarks Bar' and select 'Add Page'.
    In the 'Name' field, type or paste the name you want to give it, for example—Youtube Bypass Age Restrictions, or whatever you want.
    In the 'URL' field, copy and paste:


    You will now have a bookmarklet with whatever name you gave it. You can drag it into a new position if you want.

    To use the bookmarklet, visit the restricted Youtube page, like the one in the example—, and click the bookmarklet once and you should now be able to play the video.

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    Can you tube broadcasting be used to remotely hack an Android phone??? Or maybe get some kind of code on specific videos??? I think someone is useing live broadcasting to hack my phone or get codes to do it???

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    how to put links in youTube comments?

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  29. Anonymous
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    Here's a useful tip: Download the video in the following formats:
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    • Donald
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      hmm, that doesn't seem to directs me to a website to download the video! matter of fact all the "suggested" tips don't actually download the video, just goes to a site that gives false information on how to download. :( thanks anyway

  30. Anonymous
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    If I type ss before youtube to download a movie does that use my ip address ?

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  32. Anonymous
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    can i keep my viewing figures on my YT VIDEOS if i want to transfer it or upload to another of my other accounts ????

  33. Anonymous
    June 14, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I'm making a demo website about a faux craft brewery and I have a fullscreen video as background image. It works from my webserver with this video url:

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    but not the one I want to use, which I edited for the website:

    [Broken Link Removed]

    I tried trick#9, but it did not work, I have also tried dropbox, vimeo, and flickr. I have asked this question on Stack Overflow, and Yahoo answers, but have not gotten a solution.

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    • Jerry
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      The youtube link you pasted is incorrect. Do you think that may be the problem? On the url, where it says "" take out the "t" in "tv".

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  37. William
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    Did youtube lock up the embed/url portion? I can't seem to add &rel=0 to turn off related content, either before posting or after.

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    Watch the video and use this in the url bar


  46. Some guy
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    Drag the code below up to your bookmarks and name it "Get Youtube Video" and click it when watching a video you want to download.


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      on firefox? I am not seeming to be able to do this

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    I've been searching for days now in order to discover a simple trick to be able to download youtube videos .
    There are lots them including software programms , plugins for firefox , many scripts etc.. Well most of them are ok at doing what they really do .

    But I will mention a trick that it's the easiest that I've found. This way includes using

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    2) get the youtube link of the video you want to download
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    Ok here are the steps involved

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    2) get the youtube link of the video you want to download
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  54. Rajeeva Srivastava
    January 8, 2010 at 6:13 am can give links to normal and HD downloads from youtube and other video sites.

  55. mrdeleted
    January 4, 2010 at 10:42 am

    "Author: Dan
    When copyright material is uploaded to YT, it is often "flipped" to confuse the automatic copyright filters. "&flip=1" corrects for that so text & such doesn't appear backwards."


    &flip=1 does not work anymore, and even if it did, copyrighted works can be edited to be a little faster/slower then the normal speed in order to avoid the auto detect service. I have never seen it to be flipped just to avoid it.

  56. Namit Gupta
    December 26, 2009 at 1:18 am

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    December 25, 2009 at 6:54 pm

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  58. Marius
    December 25, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    If you're running Linux, then just install the program "youtube-dl"

    For ubuntu, simply run "sudo aptitude install youtube-dl"

    And you'll be able to download YouTube videos from the command line!

    $ youtube-dl -b "" -o file.mp4

    And you'll have the video!

  59. Bim
    December 25, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Very useful cheers. Knew some of these. Thanks.

  60. Harry
    December 15, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Hey can anyone tell me how to get only the pause/play button to come up without the video?

    I've embeeded it to my profile, done the autoplay thing and put the width and height to 1, but i would like for the pause/play button to be shown (only)

  61. Mary
    December 15, 2009 at 5:22 am

    Hi, does anyone know where I can fine the code to put website addresses in comment boxes on YouTube?

  62. Rafenate
    December 14, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    now I know it!

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    December 4, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    I love this list!!!

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    November 25, 2009 at 6:28 pm


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  65. Sara M
    November 23, 2009 at 11:47 am

    I am definitely bookmarking this post/ page! Thanks for sharing this great info about YouTube vids... I have been wondering how to customize embedded videos for a while.

  66. Anu
    November 10, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks for the tips. Is there a way of adding more than one url to the about me page?

  67. Wild Olive
    November 4, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Go to Pick any video to watch. In the URL, replace 'watch' with 'warp.swf'. Hit enter.

  68. leoabet
    October 28, 2009 at 7:34 am

    10 youtube URL tricks are very useful! Thx!

  69. analyticallaboratories
    October 26, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Please help me how to post the hyperlink on youtube comment. I am so new to you tube.

    • mrdeleted
      October 26, 2009 at 10:29 am

      It can't be done. I have already said so in the comments above. If you post a link, it will have to be typed into the browser later, so it is not even effective to use as a marketing method. Unless you mass spam a lot of videos.

      (And for that you would need a software like tubetoolbox or similar. I don't want you to even try that, cause I get enough spam on my videos!)

      Anyway, you can post a simple "example[.]com" post on videos though and get around the YouTube filters.

      I am a Partner, so I have a few extra tools that others do not get.

  70. Doctor Mason
    October 25, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    While &fmt=22 does allow for a higher resolution video, it only works if there's an option to view the video in HD (such as when there's an HD button in the video). Otherwise, it doesn't give you any better quality on regular videos. The &fmt=18 works for all videos. It may not give a better video throughput (depending on the bit-rate at which it was uploaded), but the audio quality is almost always better than average.

  71. Meerkat
    October 21, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    May I know how to enable / disable caption in youtube? What should I append at the end?
    Here is an example. Help!

  72. reg
    October 13, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Nevermind ive read that i against youtube TOS.
    I want to share a code that embed youtube vid with full screen option here is the code:

    Just change the youtube vids address. Enjoy!

  73. Alan Gresley
    October 13, 2009 at 2:28 am


    Check the source of this page. The HTML is valid.
    [Broken URL Removed]

    Ignore the content if you desire.

  74. reg
    October 12, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    I want to put the code in my script that imitates youtube.

    • mrdeleted
      October 12, 2009 at 6:49 pm

      you have to ask my friend, he created, I don't have his code. I think he made his own player.

  75. reg
    October 10, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    What is the code to retain embebbed youtube videos on my site.I mean when a user play and click the video, it will just pause and will not leave my site to go to

    • mrdeleted
      October 11, 2009 at 8:05 pm use his code.

    • mrdeleted
      October 11, 2009 at 8:08 pm

      Watch on!

  76. OMEGA
    September 23, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Newbie wants to be able to post an affiliate marketing link for a product in the text comments of Youtube, and it doesn't appear to allow me to do it? Not allowed, or is there a way to do this?

    • mrdeleted
      September 23, 2009 at 3:54 pm

      nope, they don't allow that - unless you reg a domain and post it as "example[.]com"

  77. Andrey
    September 15, 2009 at 4:22 am

    trick 10 doesnt work…. :(

  78. Cody Taylor
    September 14, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Anyone know why they don't allow links in the comments? Is there some special way to do this?

    • mrdeleted
      September 23, 2009 at 3:52 pm

      nope - not unless you reg a domain and post it as "example[.]com"

  79. robb
    September 14, 2009 at 3:51 am

    isn't hi quality using URL is quite last year ?

  80. realest
    September 1, 2009 at 6:42 am

    great information, even more from comments.

  81. Dave Pexton
    August 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I would like to know is there is a way to make a url that will play only 1 frame of video. or pause a video on a frame. I would like to send the user to a picture rather than a video. Just to a frame of Hdef video.

  82. Chuck
    August 31, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    This did indeed turn out to be a very helpful post. And the comments were especially helpful. The form listed above has moved to a new address:

  83. anne
    August 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Sorry, but just for us beginners: What part of the code do you append eg ‘&start=30′ to? Add it like this:

    • anne
      August 26, 2009 at 12:11 pm

      Never mind, I got it:
      You just add the code in wherever there is an "&"
      Thanks :)

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  85. narutofan
    August 18, 2009 at 9:57 am

    hahaha check this out

    • Joseph Slabaugh
      August 18, 2009 at 10:20 am

      thanks for the spam!

  86. Guilherme
    August 5, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Hey , I change the URL of my videos with these things.
    I it isn't permanent!

    Does exist some code that is permanent?

  87. kaal
    August 4, 2009 at 5:15 am

    how to downloag videos in orkut......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

    • Varun Kashyap
      August 4, 2009 at 8:40 am

      Orkut videos are nothing but embedded Youtube videos, so you can download them like any Youtube Video. Use videodownloadhelper (firefox) or something like

  88. Natasha
    August 3, 2009 at 10:21 am

    i used to know a trick that let you temporaly move and delete stuff on youtube pages, but idk it now. can anyone please help me on this??? =)

    • Joseph Slabaugh
      August 3, 2009 at 10:48 am

      "delete"? the new youtube pages are a little different then the old ones, so you can go through the system and remove whatever you want... But you may have to upgrade your profile to the new one if you have not done so yet...

      I am a YouTube Partner, but the only difference my profile has to yours would by the banner at top... check it out to see how I have set mine up.

  89. samantha
    August 1, 2009 at 4:28 am

    I tried it but that player has no full screen mode.actually I want to develop a page like your example page.not just a costumized player with play list.i think we have to do that with youtube i right? you have linked those pictures to [Broken Link Removed] not to you tube.and on player you have made some changes.

    plz explain how i can do it .thanx

    • Joseph Slabaugh
      August 1, 2009 at 4:38 am

      those pic are other videos on the Ning site, try making a ning site once to see

  90. samantha
    July 31, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    can you just tell me here how we can do it easily.

    • Joseph Slabaugh
      July 31, 2009 at 7:24 pm

      First, the images you see to the right of the video are there from's service, and 2nd, you can make any playlist, then go to the "My players" page and make any style player you choose, including one that has a set of images next to them, not that one looks a little different then the one I have on's website.

  91. samantha
    July 30, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    thanx very much for your reply.of course I want to create a page like your example.but I dont know how to do it.could you plz explain me how he has done that, as how we can play videos by clicking on images.i think we cannot do it by just creating a player.thanx alot.

  92. samantha
    July 30, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    thank you very much for the information.yes i want to create a page [Broken Link Removed] like this . i visited [Broken Link Removed] but i was unable to create like that page.could you plz explain me how he has linked those images on right side to his player.thanks alot.

    • Joseph Slabaugh
      July 30, 2009 at 4:33 pm

      I own, so I know how it was done, and I was just thinking of making a youtube video explaining how it is done. You will be able to find it on my account later. I might also link to the video after I post it.

  93. samantha
    July 29, 2009 at 4:10 am

    hi guys, Can anybody tell me how youtube videos has embeded in following page.[Broken URL Removed] . there we can play one by one all videos on the same embeded player.plz explain me how he has done this?thanx

    • Joseph Slabaugh
      July 29, 2009 at 9:28 am

      That page is not working, but I assuming you are talking about the Custom Video Player from YouTube [Broken Link Removed]

      example page: [Broken Link Removed]

  94. samantha
    July 27, 2009 at 8:46 am

    plz help me to link my images ,as how can play other youtube videos through the same embeded player of my page by clicking on them.

  95. jimboba
    July 27, 2009 at 6:37 am

    What a host of interesting tips. Thanks.

    One question - answer touched on with the suggestion where I want to be able to supply a URL link to the YouTube video but with everything else stripped away, ie. only the video and controls and no branding. does this in part but still brands the page for itself.

    Anyone any suggestions?

  96. sanzan
    July 8, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    thank you for info, nice blog :D

  97. jacob
    July 7, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    go to: to download any youtube video into an mp3!

  98. purchase land
    June 29, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    This got me to finally install greasemonkey. Badass. Thanks!

  99. Joseph Slabaugh
    May 31, 2009 at 12:05 am

    I changed the Mrdeleted website:

    My latest video now autoplays there in large screen! Change any youtube URLs from "" to "" to autoplay/loop them. Or if you have the video ID, just enter it on the site and play it from my website. This last part is from a special code that I made myself. I am pretty proud of this, as I am not a coder, but know a little bit oh PHP and HTML so I messed with it till I got it to work.


  100. Rotten Gods
    May 30, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Thanks for this useful list of tips, I put some videos on my blog but with your help, it is gonna get better.

    thanks again

  101. Shahriat Hossain
    May 20, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing this post.

  102. AJH
    May 17, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Another good one can be found at

    I always find songs that I want to play over and over, but I would find it annoying to have to open the window and click play again.

    YouTube Repeat is a miracle. Just type repeat after 'youtube' and before '.com'

    • Joseph Slabaugh
      June 7, 2009 at 1:12 pm

      I used this code to make, but made the videos in larger screens, and also made some of my own codes for my site.

  103. Missesschnitzelpommesmayo
    May 16, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Guter Beitrag

    Viel Erfolg weiterhin wuenscht

    Havaianas, Brasilien, Online Shop, Lifestyle aus Brasilien

  104. bond_65
    May 13, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I've tried doing the HD embedding but haven't succeeded yet. Can anyone show me an example on how to do it.

  105. WrKing1
    May 11, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    You know how on April Fools Day 09 Youtube flipped all the videos upside down? You can do it again by adding &flip=1 to the end of the url.

  106. Bogdan
    May 8, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Very good article!

  107. Steffan Antonas
    May 8, 2009 at 10:54 am

    There's an awesome service that does #3 for you....

    It's sick.

  108. Happy In Pants aka Happy Pants!
    May 8, 2009 at 4:13 am

    I like to use Ultraget to download youtube videos, If It's HQ then it will save the .mp4 If low quality then you can save the .flv's

  109. Lose Fat and Build Muscle Mass
    May 6, 2009 at 11:03 am

    I really like that tip on how to fast forward to the part of the video that you want you viewers to see. Excellent information!

  110. john
    May 6, 2009 at 6:03 am

    You totaly forgot the main one here:

    It knows all native YouTube video formats: HD, MP4, FLV, 3GP videos, multiple simultaneous downloads, preview video, auto start download, skip already downloaded files, clipboard monitoring, drag & drop from IE / Firefox, proxy support, etc. Program size only 39Kb!!

    I use it a lot!

  111. LanG
    May 5, 2009 at 7:22 am

    some flash players like jwplayer can play yt videos even when provided a regular yt link like

  112. Kim Dion
    April 29, 2009 at 4:55 am

    Can you tell me how do I disable the link back to
    when I embed a youtube on my site.

    Thank you...

    [Broken URL Removed]

    • Joseph Slabugh
      May 9, 2009 at 12:25 pm

      well the video play on and have no links back to youtube. try that player.

  113. Joseph Slabugh
    April 24, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    ALso forgot to mention, that is where I download my yt videos if I want to download any...

  114. Joseph Slabugh
    April 24, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    You can watch yt vids in HQ at, and also allows the use of same url system (change to

  115. Brian
    April 22, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Why worry about #1 when you can just toggle a setting in your profile to always view high quality videos if they are available?

  116. Era
    April 21, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Nice tricks..thanks for the infos.

  117. YouTube Downloader
    April 21, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    The most easy way to download Youtube videos directly in 3GP, MP4 and HD quality would be this handy Firefox addon :

    [Broken Link Removed]

    Your videos now just a single click away.

  118. lily
    April 21, 2009 at 10:01 am

    I would add that appending "&showinfo=0" will remove the rating stars and title bar from an embed. I learned that here:
    [Broken URL Removed]

  119. cnawan
    April 21, 2009 at 2:15 am

    I can't speak for the Windows and Mac viewers out there, but Firefox under Linux uses the system /tmp folder to store big files like videos. Just look for the most recent file called "FlashXXXX", where XXXX is some random gobbledegook. It's a .flv file, so you can just play it, copy it and rename it, etc. No external software or site needed, or even trawling through about:cache.

  120. mahdee
    April 21, 2009 at 1:04 am

    خیلی خیلی با حال بود.

    • خیلی خیلی با حال بود. ممنون
      May 6, 2009 at 1:20 am

      Wat the hell are u trying to say?

      "خیلی خیلی با حال بود.
      ممنون" >> ??

  121. TechAxion
    April 20, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    You can simply use firefox's built in cache viewer to download video... I made a video that shows exactly how to do it:

    You don't need to visit any external sites or use external software.

  122. MeMyself
    April 20, 2009 at 9:40 am

    upside down writing is just these "letters" being used zʎxʍʌnʇsɹbdouɯןʞɾɪɥɓɟəpɔqɒ -- YouTube comments would mostly be better upside down.

  123. David
    April 20, 2009 at 8:15 am

    If you use chrome, the following block, saved as a bookmark, will automatically DL a YouTube Video as a FLV file:

    javascript:window.location.href = '' + swfArgs['video_id'] + "&l=" + swfArgs['l'] + "&sk=" + swfArgs['sk'] + '&fmt_map' + swfArgs['fmt_map'] + '&t=' + swfArgs['t'];

  124. brico
    April 20, 2009 at 7:51 am

    You can change automatically the embed code to make most of this things (without any effort) using this tool:

    embed code generator

    The instructions for this tool are automatically translated (a little crappy),but it's very easy to use and works perfectly .

    April 20, 2009 at 11:17 am

    you can watch video only without anything else by using this web site

    also u can change the url

    so u will delete "watch?v=" and put "v/"

  126. sudhakar
    April 20, 2009 at 4:08 am


  127. fullFx
    April 20, 2009 at 3:53 am

    for downloading youtube url, a pythin script exists -- "youtube-dl". it is available as a downloadable package in linux distros under the same name. you can "yum install" or "apt-get install" it. it will work under cygwin also. i have been using for over 3 months now.

    -- fullFx

  128. Amezzeray
    April 20, 2009 at 7:12 am is a good way of downloading youtube vids because you can choose the format (ie MP3 to transer to iPod and AVI to upload yourself haha)

    and so is [Broken URL Removed]

  129. Tommy
    April 19, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Great tricks. Thanks to those that included tricks in the comments. Found this site from Diigo. MakeUseOf is a good one to bookmark. Can't wait to read some of your other posts.

  130. Momo
    April 19, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Yeah! Very useful tricks for extreamly using YouTube!

  131. wafwot
    April 19, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I've seen comments added to YouTube videos where the comment text was flipped...does anyone know how this is done?

    • Ibrahim Ali
      May 5, 2009 at 3:19 pm

      Go to this site: type in your text, and copy and paste the flipped text.

    • Jason
      December 11, 2009 at 2:48 pm

      You could use this site to flip your text and flip and reverse your text.

  132. Garritt
    April 19, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks for the great tips. I have bookmarked this page, and will use these often. I found this site through a Twitter post, and am glad I did. This is valuable info.
    I have a YouTube channel, and will use tips 2,3,4,6, and 8 regularly.

  133. abhishek
    April 19, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I think you have missed one of watching youtube videos fullscreen in your browser, if you like to add you can refer the link given below.

  134. Giovani
    April 19, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Hey, Varun!

    Thanks, for those kickin' YouTube tricks!

    Are you aware that someone is selling the equivalent to Trick #10 for cash via email? I instantly knew it wasn't necessary to get any special widget to do this. But, I didn't know HOW!

    Dude, you rock! ;O)

    Sunshine & Blessings,

  135. Kaspar K.
    April 19, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    i have one, that's relatively simple and safe to use. it's a script that enables you to download youtube videos without any plugins or external websites by downloading the original mp4 video file from the server. simply add javascript:if(document.location.href.match(/http:\/\/[a-zA-Z\.]*youtube\.com\/watch/)){document.location.href=''+swfArgs['video_id']+'&t='+swfArgs['t']} to your browser bookmarks (you might have to make a random bookmark first, then change the address). whenever you watch a video on that you would like to save, simply click that link. for HQ use ?fmt=18 and for HD use ?fmt=22 in the script.


    • Mia
      May 4, 2009 at 8:22 am

      Just tested this, and it worked like a charm! Only thing i had to do was to change the ’ to " to get it to work here :)

  136. john
    April 19, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Here is one very useful site you could add tothis list: Just add NSFW in front of "protected" youtube video url to see videos that may contain content that is inappropriate for some users without loggin in or having youtube account.


    Bypass login or signup:

  137. Billy
    April 19, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I've been wondering if it was possible to download youtube videos. Hopefully kickyoutube will work. If not I'll try one of the others mentioned here in the comment. Great info here! Thanks.

  138. Enlightenment
    April 19, 2009 at 12:39 pm,0,7710376.column

    "If Twitter were a person, it would be an emotionally unstable person. It would be that person we avoid at parties and whose calls we don't pick up."

  139. InsideInternet
    April 19, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    My favorite tip is the number nine (Bypass Youtube Regional Filtering). I prefer to download youtube videos with DownloadHelper.

  140. Irene
    April 19, 2009 at 9:50 am

    If you want to download youtube vids just get atube catcher, which also converts the vids into other formats as well, and the program is free

  141. kcd
    April 19, 2009 at 7:52 am

    add '&flip=1' to the end of a url to trick your friends.

  142. non sequitur
    April 19, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Playback full screen with this prefix:

  143. Steen Seo Ohman
    April 19, 2009 at 6:26 am

    Great tricks

    The disable related video's is very usefull. Thanks

  144. Webmonster
    April 19, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Youtube Video Clip Downloader

  145. William
    April 19, 2009 at 5:15 am


    A great post thank you very much.

    I've seen these hacks used many times and always wondered how they did them but couldnt find them via normal search.

    I'll definitely put them to the test :)

    Thanks again

  146. ram
    April 19, 2009 at 4:50 am

    Hi I am from UK. I tried viewing the new youtube shows and films categories (avail. only in US). There is no watch? part in these url? Any suggestions how to bypass this problem?

  147. Christof
    April 19, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Also works fine. Just add pwn infront of the video url.

    April 19, 2009 at 6:14 am

    To embed without the title showing, append with &showinfo=0


    [Broken Link Removed]

  149. Manny
    April 19, 2009 at 5:04 am

    Thank you very much!
    I will use this information for when I embed videos on my website Best Instrumentals.


  150. Juan Carlos Llanos
    April 18, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Excelent. One question
    How embed Googlevideo in YouTube. I have some video of more than 10 minutes and I can't upload in YouTube. Can you help me?
    Thanks, from Peru.

  151. Otafu
    April 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Greasemonkey script "YouSable" gives you download options as well, zoom and more features. A must if you find yourself "youtubbing" often.

  152. NiMipAustralia
    April 18, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    If you use Safari, the easiest way to download youtube videos is to do the following:

    1. Go to the youtube video of your choice on
    2. Click on 'Window' in the menu, and select 'Activity'
    3. Under the youtube address, which will be recognisable by its name, double click on the address with the largest file listed (it should be the only one in the megabytes, but the size varies depending on length of video)
    4. A new window should open and, after a few seconds, the video should begin to download to your computer

    Note: You may need to use a program to convert the file into a watchable movie file. My computer used to not recognise the file at all until converted, but for some reason it's recently started downloading them as flash video files (.flv).

    • Alan Gresley
      April 21, 2009 at 9:08 am

      If the computer does not recognize the file type, right click on it and select Properties and after the name, append .flv. Like this.



      and then press ok. Now they will work in a flash player and your computer will recognize them.

    • youtube master
      May 22, 2009 at 4:56 pm

      use VLC player it will play all most every video file format even not recognize once. It is free. and uses less cpu.
      and can play HD in low machine.

  153. audrey
    April 18, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I've always been watching and downloading videos on youtube. But there are many things on this list I didn't know about. I'll have to check them out.

  154. mike
    April 18, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    most of your tips make it less useful rather than more. Lower quality loads faster, autoplaying makes it annoying and not letting people explore ever videos just makes you lame.

    • steve snorts
      April 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm

      get a better connection. stop stealing from your neighbors.

    • Dan
      January 4, 2010 at 10:18 am

      Not at all, Mike. I work in K12 education and quite a bit with Boy Scouts. Disabling "related videos" is a big help for videos we embed.

      I think you have an idea that YT should only be used for "browsing" and that other users use it the same way you do. Not true. Many are using it as a blog friendly hosting platform for specific embedded content, or to share content within a specific group - not necessarily of public interest or consumption.

      That said, you can still visit YouTube directly and watch the video - and get your search box, lower quality and related videos - so no harm done to someone like you who surfs. But I don't want related videos to pop up on an embedded video from our Agriculture Dept on "sexing chicks" that gets embedded on a HS webpage. And yes, this is a real example - it means to separate out the hens from the roosters early on.

  155. MManson
    April 18, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Thx kewwwww

  156. WWwwWW
    April 18, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    yeah number 9 doesnt work for me also

  157. Benji3104
    April 18, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Add &flip=1 to flip it all over. Not exactly useful but great for confusing people.

    • lol
      June 7, 2009 at 11:58 am

      doesn't work for me..

    • Dan
      January 4, 2010 at 10:10 am

      When copyright material is uploaded to YT, it is often "flipped" to confuse the automatic copyright filters. "&flip=1" corrects for that so text & such doesn't appear backwards.

  158. JerryS
    April 18, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    I have used tubetv on Mac. It downloads the video and then automatically converts it to the format you set.

    [Broken Link Removed]

  159. Kevin Montgomery
    April 18, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Interesting info. Can you please show me an example of the "autoplay" used in a complete url? Before and after? I was just having trouble visualizing where to put the:
    Thank you! Kevin

  160. Carl
    April 18, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    sry trick 9 doesnt work....

  161. Edward de Leau
    April 18, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Not really a trick but if you regularly post youtube vids to your weblog it would we worthwhile to cache the thumbs for performance reasons like e.g. here: [Broken URL Removed]. there would no be any calls to youtube or google video.

  162. vinay
    April 18, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    installing the latest internet download manager also gives the download link of youtube videos.

  163. Aravind Jose T.
    April 18, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    You can KISS youtube to download too.
    If you aren't good with kicking, that is :P

  164. hsj
    April 18, 2009 at 11:58 am

    the bypass regional filtering doesn't work. It still shows "Content not available in your country"

    • Varun Kashyap
      April 18, 2009 at 3:26 pm

      it seems to be working fine here.

      • januzi
        April 19, 2009 at 7:43 am

        "Embeding videos on webpages disabled" :/

    • Dahyabhai kanthariya
      February 25, 2019 at 1:54 pm


  165. Transcontinental
    April 18, 2009 at 11:40 am

    KeepHD ( [Broken URL Removed] ) offers various download formats, in fact all those available:
    "KeepHD is a sweet tool that lets you download HD videos off Youtube! Not only can you download HD copies of your movies, you can also download the mobile 3GP version for your mobile devices plus the standard MP4 and FLV format. Just enter your Youtube video URL below, and KeepHD will automatically grab each version of the video you want to download."

  166. seobag
    April 18, 2009 at 11:39 am

    I also used
    Change the url from
    [Broken URL Removed]

    • Spy2
      February 3, 2010 at 4:58 pm