The YouTube Field

Updated 09 Jul, 2018

The "YouTube" custom field gives you the ability to display a YouTube video at your frontend just by filling out the URL or just the ID of the YouTube video.

Field Settings

The "YouTube" custom field provides you all of the customization options of the player which will display the video at your frontend.


As you can see from the screenshot above, after choosing the correct Type, you can customize your player however you'd like. The customization options are all of the options that YouTube provides for embedding videos into your website.

Let's see what each option does.

Name Description
Name The name will be used to identify the field. Leave this blank and Joomla will fill in a default value from the title.
Label The label of the field to display.
Description A description of the field that will be displayed in the label tooltip.
Required Is this a mandatory field?
Video Width The video's width in pixels. If you prefer to use percentage you have to type the percentage sign '%' at the end of your value like so, 90%.
Video Height The video's height in pixels. You can also use a percentage here the same way as you do with the width.
Autoplay Choose if you want the video to start playing when the page finishes loading.
Closed Captions Setting this optin to 'Yes' forces the video to use available closed captions even if the user has a user preference of not wanting to see them by default.
Color You can choose between two themes. Red and White. This color applies to the video's progress bar.
Disable keyboard shortcuts Choose if you want to disable the keyboard shortcuts bound to the player.
Start Time Type in the amount of seconds that you want the video to start playing. This option is particularly useful if you want to display videos which have a particular intro and you'd like to skip it.
End Time Type in the amount of seconds that you want the video to stop playing, counting from the end of the video. This means that if you want to use a video which has an outro scene of 10 seconds and you want to skip it then you should type in the number 10 in this option.
Fullscreen Choose if you want to display the fullscreen button of the player.
Interface Language Choose from your currently installed content languages which one you would like to be used as an interface language for the player.
Video Annotations Choose if you want the video annotations to be displayed.
Loop Choose if you want the video to start playing from the beginning once it finishes.
Modest Branding Choose if you want the YouTube logo to be displayed in the player's controls.
Related Videos Choose if you want to display related videos at the end of the playback inside the player.
Show Info Choose if you want to show information like the video title or the uploader before the video starts playing.


Once you are in your Article's Edit screen, choose the "Fields" Tab to see the YouTube custom field as you can see in the screenshot below.


In this textbox you can type in the full URL or just the ID of the YouTube video that you are interested in.

Frontend Display

Take a look at the screenshot below to see how it could be displayed in your frontend.


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