How do I get the YouTube video ID from a URL?

How do I get the YouTube video ID from a URL?

I want to get the v=id from YouTube’s URL with JavaScript (no jQuery, pure JavaScript).
Example YouTube URL formats


Or any other YouTube format that contains a video ID in the URL.
Result from these formats
u8nQa1cJyX8

Solutions/Answers:

Solution 1:

You don’t need to use a regular expression for this.

var video_id = window.location.search.split('v=')[1];
var ampersandPosition = video_id.indexOf('&');
if(ampersandPosition != -1) {
  video_id = video_id.substring(0, ampersandPosition);
}

Solution 2:

I made an enhancement to Regex provided by “jeffreypriebe” because he needed a kind of YouTube URL is the URL of the videos when they are looking through a channel.

Well no but this is the function that I have armed.

<script type="text/javascript">
function youtube_parser(url){
    var regExp = /^.*((youtu.be\/)|(v\/)|(\/u\/\w\/)|(embed\/)|(watch\?))\??v?=?([^#\&\?]*).*/;
    var match = url.match(regExp);
    return (match&&match[7].length==11)? match[7] : false;
}
</script>

These are the types of URLs supported

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zM3nApSvMg&feature=feedrec_grec_index
http://www.youtube.com/user/IngridMichaelsonVEVO#p/a/u/1/QdK8U-VIH_o
https://youtube.com/watch?v=0zM3nApSvMg%3Ffs%3D1%26amp%3Bhl%3Den_US%26amp%3Brel%3D0

https://youtube.com/watch?v=0zM3nApSvMg%3Frel%3D0


Can be found in [http://web.archive.org/web/20160926134334/]
http://lasnv.net/foro/839/Javascript_parsear_URL_de_YouTube

Solution 3:

I simplified Lasnv’s answer a bit.

It also fixes the bug that WebDeb describes.

Here it is:

var regExp = /^.*(youtu\.be\/|v\/|u\/\w\/|embed\/|watch\?v=|\&v=)([^#\&\?]*).*/;
var match = url.match(regExp);
if (match && match[2].length == 11) {
  return match[2];
} else {
  //error
}

Here is a regexer link to play with:
http://regexr.com/3dnqv

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Solution 4:

None of these worked on the kitchen sink as of 1/1/2015, notably URLs without protocal http/s and with youtube-nocookie domain. So here’s a modified version that works on all these various Youtube versions:

// Just the regex. Output is in [1].
/^.*(?:(?:youtu\.be\/|v\/|vi\/|u\/\w\/|embed\/)|(?:(?:watch)?\?v(?:i)?=|\&v(?:i)?=))([^#\&\?]*).*/

// For testing.
var urls = [
    '//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/up_lNV-yoK4?rel=0',
    'http://www.youtube.com/user/Scobleizer#p/u/1/1p3vcRhsYGo',
    'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKZDdG9FTKY&feature=channel',
    'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZ-K7nCVnBI&playnext_from=TL&videos=osPknwzXEas&feature=sub',
    'http://www.youtube.com/ytscreeningroom?v=NRHVzbJVx8I',
    'http://www.youtube.com/user/SilkRoadTheatre#p/a/u/2/6dwqZw0j_jY',
    'http://youtu.be/6dwqZw0j_jY',
    'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dwqZw0j_jY&feature=youtu.be',
    'http://youtu.be/afa-5HQHiAs',
    'http://www.youtube.com/user/Scobleizer#p/u/1/1p3vcRhsYGo?rel=0',
    'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKZDdG9FTKY&feature=channel',
    'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZ-K7nCVnBI&playnext_from=TL&videos=osPknwzXEas&feature=sub',
    'http://www.youtube.com/ytscreeningroom?v=NRHVzbJVx8I',
    'http://www.youtube.com/embed/nas1rJpm7wY?rel=0',
    'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peFZbP64dsU',
    'http://youtube.com/v/dQw4w9WgXcQ?feature=youtube_gdata_player',
    'http://youtube.com/vi/dQw4w9WgXcQ?feature=youtube_gdata_player',
    'http://youtube.com/?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player',
    'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player',
    'http://youtube.com/?vi=dQw4w9WgXcQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player',
    'http://youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player',
    'http://youtube.com/watch?vi=dQw4w9WgXcQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player',
    'http://youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ?feature=youtube_gdata_player'
];

var i, r, rx = /^.*(?:(?:youtu\.be\/|v\/|vi\/|u\/\w\/|embed\/)|(?:(?:watch)?\?v(?:i)?=|\&v(?:i)?=))([^#\&\?]*).*/;

for (i = 0; i < urls.length; ++i) {
    r = urls[i].match(rx);
    console.log(r[1]);
}

Solution 5:

/^.*(youtu.be\/|v\/|e\/|u\/\w+\/|embed\/|v=)([^#\&\?]*).*/

Tested on:

  • http://www.youtube.com/v/0zM3nApSvMg?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0
  • http://www.youtube.com/embed/0zM3nApSvMg?rel=0
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zM3nApSvMg&feature=feedrec_grec_index
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zM3nApSvMg
  • http://youtu.be/0zM3nApSvMg
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zM3nApSvMg#t=0m10s
  • http://www.youtube.com/user/IngridMichaelsonVEVO#p/a/u/1/KdwsulMb8EQ
  • http://youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ
  • http://www.youtube.com/embed/dQw4w9WgXcQ
  • http://www.youtube.com/v/dQw4w9WgXcQ
  • http://www.youtube.com/e/dQw4w9WgXcQ
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
  • http://www.youtube.com/?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
  • http://www.youtube.com/?feature=player_embedded&v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
  • http://www.youtube.com/user/IngridMichaelsonVEVO#p/u/11/KdwsulMb8EQ
  • http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/6L3ZvIMwZFM?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

Inspired by this other answer.

Solution 6:

I created a function that tests a users input for Youtube, Soundcloud or Vimeo embed ID’s, to be able to create a more continous design with embedded media. This function detects and returns an object withtwo properties: “type” and “id”. Type can be either “youtube”, “vimeo” or “soundcloud” and the “id” property is the unique media id.

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On the site I use a textarea dump, where the user can paste in any type of link or embed code, including the iFrame-embedding of both vimeo and youtube.

function testUrlForMedia(pastedData) {
var success = false;
var media   = {};
if (pastedData.match('http://(www.)?youtube|youtu\.be')) {
    if (pastedData.match('embed')) { youtube_id = pastedData.split(/embed\//)[1].split('"')[0]; }
    else { youtube_id = pastedData.split(/v\/|v=|youtu\.be\//)[1].split(/[?&]/)[0]; }
    media.type  = "youtube";
    media.id    = youtube_id;
    success = true;
}
else if (pastedData.match('http://(player.)?vimeo\.com')) {
    vimeo_id = pastedData.split(/video\/|http:\/\/vimeo\.com\//)[1].split(/[?&]/)[0];
    media.type  = "vimeo";
    media.id    = vimeo_id;
    success = true;
}
else if (pastedData.match('http://player\.soundcloud\.com')) {
    soundcloud_url = unescape(pastedData.split(/value="/)[1].split(/["]/)[0]);
    soundcloud_id = soundcloud_url.split(/tracks\//)[1].split(/[&"]/)[0];
    media.type  = "soundcloud";
    media.id    = soundcloud_id;
    success = true;
}
if (success) { return media; }
else { alert("No valid media id detected"); }
return false;
}