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A react component for playing media from YouTube, SoundCloud and Vimeo, as well as supported media files. Used by rplayr, an app to generate playlists from Reddit URLs.

The component parses a URL and loads in the appropriate markup and external SDKs to play media from various sources. Props can be passed in to control playback and react to events such as buffering or media ending.


npm install react-player --save
import React, { Component } from 'react'
import ReactPlayer from 'react-player'
class App extends Component {
  render () {

See the demo source for a full example.

For platforms like Meteor without direct use of npm modules, a minified version of ReactPlayer is located in dist after installing. To generate this file yourself, checkout the repo and run npm run build:browser


bower install react-player --save
  <script src='bower_components/react/react.js'></script> 
  <script src='bower_components/react/react-dom.js'></script> 
  <script src='bower_components/react-player/dist/ReactPlayer.js'></script> 
      <ReactPlayer url='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d46Azg3Pm4c' playing />,


See a live demo, or run:

git clone https://github.com/CookPete/react-player.git
cd react-player
npm install
npm start
open http://localhost:3000

Mobile considerations

Due to various restrictions, ReactPlayer is not guaranteed to function properly on mobile devices. The YouTube player documentation, for example, explains that certain mobile browsers require user interaction before playing:

The HTML5 <video> element, in certain mobile browsers (such as Chrome and Safari), only allows playback to take place if it's initiated by a user interaction (such as tapping on the player).


Prop Description
url The url of a video or song to play
playing Set to true or false to pause or play the media
volume Sets the volume of the appropriate player
width Sets the width of the player
height Sets the height of the player
className Pass in a className to set on the top level element
progressCallbackFrequency How often onProgress callback should be called, in milliseconds (default: 1000ms)

Callback props

Callback props take a function that gets fired on various player events

Prop Description
onProgress Callback containing played and loaded progress as a fraction
eg { played: 0.12, loaded: 0.34 }
onDuration Callback containing duration of the media, in seconds
onPlay Called when media starts or resumes playing after pausing or buffering
onPause Called when media is paused
onBuffer Called when media starts buffering
onEnded Called when media finishes playing
onError Called when an error occurs whilst attempting to play media

Config props

These props allow you to override the parameters for the various players

Prop Description
soundcloudConfig Configuration object for the SoundCloud player. Set clientId, to your own SoundCloud app client ID
vimeoConfig Configuration object for the Vimeo player. Set iframeParams, to override the default params. Set preload for preloading
youtubeConfig Configuration object for the YouTube player. Set playerVars, to override the default player vars. Set preload for preloading

Both youtubeConfig and vimeoConfig props can take a preload value. Setting this to true will play a short, silent video in the background when ReactPlayer first mounts. This fixes a bug where videos would not play when loaded in a background browser tab.


There is a static method ReactPlayer.canPlay(url) to determine if a URL can be played by the media player. Note that this does not detect media that is unplayable due to streaming permissions etc. In that case, onError will occur after attemping to play.

To seek to a certain part of the media, there is a seekTo(fraction) instance method that will seek to the appropriate place in the media. See App.js for an example of this using refs.

Supported media


This project uses standard code style.

npm run lint


This project uses mocha with chai assertions for unit testing.

npm run test


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