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. 2 weeks ago


    There is an issue with your extension.
    in your code smartyoutube.php line 137 you put
    meta property="og:image" content="' . $matches[0][5] . '/default.jpg" /

    This thumbnail can't be use by facebook because :
    "Provided og:image is not big enough. Please use an image that's at least 200x200 px" (source :

    you have to change the code :
    meta property="og:image" content="' . $matches[0][5] . '/hqdefault.jpg" /

    Can you change that for the next version ?


  2. Sheila
    Jan 30th, 2014

    your plugin says it accepts HTML but every time I try to use a simple H2 tags, it strips it when I hit save??

  3. Kaity
    Jan 19th, 2014

    *** Feature Request:

    If not already available, please add the ability / option to "download" videos to hard drive, or external hard drive like flash drive.

    That way, if a video is suddenly removed from YT, there is not the ugly "video deleted from user" on my WordPress pages where it previously was.

    Another related feature would be a way to "alert" me of deleted videos by YT in the plugin dashboard? That way, if my site has 100's of YT videos, I won't have to "hunt" through them to see which was deleted.

    This would be awesome! Thanks in advance for considering it.

  4. Ay Zee
    Nov 15th, 2013

    Where can I find the plugin settings page? I've installed the plugin and it works fine I just cant find the settings page as shown above! I was expecting an additional tab to appear on the left side menu of the admin panel but no.

    Thanks again for such great effort.

  5. Josh
    Oct 14th, 2013

    I just installed the plugin and everything works great! The only feature I can think of that would be nice to add is the option to "autohide" the YouTube controls. Excellent plugin, though. Thanks!

  6. Oct 9th, 2013

    When I active your plugin on my development site I get the following notice:

    Notice: wp_register_script was called incorrectly. Scripts and styles should not be registered or enqueued until the wp_enqueue_scripts, admin_enqueue_scripts, or init hooks. Please see Debugging in WordPress for more information. (This message was added in version 3.3.) in *redacted*/wp-includes/functions.php on line 2959

    I would appreciate it if you could take a look at how you're adding scripts with your plugin. This message is quite annoying as it interferes with the layout of WordPress and it's functionality (doesn't break it completely, but does interfere in such a way that some features don't work as intended).

  7. Aug 17th, 2013

    I know you're not providing support for this plugin BUT I assume you're still updating it, and there's a bug.

    The jquery for the colorbox conflicts with other plugins, EVEN IF I'M NOT USING THE COLORBOX. If I comment out the script relating to the colorbox, everything works like a dream. But that means I hae to keep remembering to redo it every time I update Smart Youtube.

    I saw a thread about the same problem in the wordpress forums, that's how I discovered how to fix it.

  8. Aug 15th, 2013

    Could update to display the images in the vimeo rss as well ...

  9. Rick H.
    Jul 19th, 2013

    ¿Podrían agregar soporte para Dailymotion? / Can you add support for Dailymotion?

  10. Jun 23rd, 2013

    Hi! Sir, I once install some plugin in my blog, and recently I switch to yours and it works well.
    Thank you for this simepl and lite plugin.

  11. Jun 17th, 2013

    Very interesting tip and this is awesome tutorial.
    Thanks for this.
    Many greetings from Heidelberg.

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