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MediaWiki extensions manual
Release status: stable
Implementation Tag , Media
Description Allows to embed YouTube and Niconico movies, as well as Archive.org audio and video
Author(s) Przemek Piotrowski
Latest version 1.9.3
MediaWiki >= 1.34.0
Database changes No
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
Example Any ShoutWiki site
  • $wgYouTubeEnableLazyLoad
Quarterly downloads 232 (Ranked 28th)
Public wikis using 1,691 (Ranked 204th)
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Vagrant role youtube

The YouTube extension allows users to embed YouTube and Niconico movies, as well as Archive.org audio and video.

Originally made by and for Fandom , though Fandom no longer uses this extension.


  • Download and move the extracted YouTube folder to your extensions/ directory.
    Developers and code contributors should install the extension from Git instead, using:cd extensions/
    git clone https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/mediawiki/extensions/YouTube
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php file:
    wfLoadExtension( 'YouTube' );
  • Yes Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.


To embed a YouTube video:


where foo is the video ID from the URL. i.e. if the video's URL is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyBSS48E4xI, then the embed code would be:


‏אופיס הדס הניו כובוניר היי סיר YouTube

See ShoutWiki's help page on using the YouTube extension for more information, such as using alternate, non-YouTube providers to embed content.

The YouTube extension allows also to embed content from these services:

Archive.org video ‎<aovideo>
Archive.org audio ‎<aoaudio>
Nicovideo ‎<nicovideo>

Setting width and height


<youtube width="200" height="120">CCz1kmfqL7g</youtube>

You can change the width and height of the video box

  • Width is controlled with width="xxx", where xxx is the number of pixels.

The default is 640 pixels.

  • Height is controlled in the same way with height="xxx".

The default is 385 pixels.