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The YouTube field module provides a simple field that allows you to add a
YouTube video to a content type, user, or any entity.

Display types include:

  • YouTube videos of various sizes and options.
  • YouTube thumbnails with image styles.


All dependencies of this module are enabled by default in Backdrop 1.x.


Install this module using the official Backdrop CMS instructions at


To use this module create a new field of type 'YouTube video'. This field will
accept YouTube URLs of the following formats:


All formats listed above can also be provided without https://, with www.,
or with http:// rather than https://. The last format can be provided with
additional parameters (ignored except for t) and v does not have to be the first parameter.

All formats can be provided with the additional parameter of t which is start
time in seconds. For example[video_id]?t=120 or[video_id]&t=120 to start the video 2 minutes in.
The time format can also be in the format of 1h10m30s or any combination of
hours (h), minutes (m) and seconds (s). For example,[video_id]?t=1h45s to start the video at time 01:00:45 from
the beginning.

To enable Colorbox support, enable the YouTube Field Colorbox module included in
this directory and consult its README file.


Global module settings can be found at admin/config/media/youtube.

The video output of a YouTube field can be manipulated in three ways:

  • global parameters found on the configuration page mentioned above
  • field-specific parameters found in that particular field's display settings
  • Views settings for the specific field

The thumbnail of the YouTube image can also be used and can link to either the
content, the video on YouTube, or nothing at all.

To configure the field settings:

  1. click 'manage display' on the listing of entity types
  2. click the configuration gear to the right of the YouTube field


This project is GPL v2 software. See the LICENSE.txt file in this directory for
complete text.

Current Maintainers


This module was originally written for Drupal by Jen Lampton