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    A React component for playing a variety of URLs, including file paths, YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, SoundCloud, Streamable, Vimeo, Wistia, Mixcloud, DailyMotion and Kaltura. Not using React? No problem.

    Migrating to ReactPlayer v2.0

    ReactPlayer v2.0 changes single player imports and adds lazy loading players. Support for preload has also been removed, plus some other changes. See for information.


    npm install react-player # or yarn add react-player
    import React from 'react'
    import ReactPlayer from 'react-player'
    // Render a YouTube video player
    <ReactPlayer url='' />

    By default, ReactPlayer supports many different types of url. If you only ever use one type, use imports such as react-player/youtube to reduce your bundle size. See config keys for all player keys.

    import React from 'react'
    import ReactPlayer from 'react-player/youtube'
    // Only loads the YouTube player
    <ReactPlayer url='' />

    If your build system supports import() statements, use react-player/lazy to lazy load the appropriate player for the url you pass in. This adds several reactPlayer chunks to your output, but reduces your main bundle size.

    import React from 'react'
    import ReactPlayer from 'react-player/lazy'
    // Lazy load the YouTube player
    <ReactPlayer url='' />

    Demo page:

    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. See the demo source for a full example.

    For platforms 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:dist.



    As of Chrome 66, videos must be muted in order to play automatically. Some players, like Facebook, cannot be unmuted until the user interacts with the video, so you may want to enable controls to allow users to unmute videos themselves. Please set muted={true}.


    Prop Description Default
    url The url of a video or song to play
      ◦  Can be an array or MediaStream object
    playing Set to true or false to pause or play the media false
    loop Set to true or false to loop the media false
    controls Set to true or false to display native player controls.
      ◦  For Vimeo videos, hiding controls must be enabled by the video owner.
    light Set to true to show just the video thumbnail, which loads the full player on click
      ◦  Pass in an image URL to override the preview image
    volume Set the volume of the player, between 0 and 1
      ◦  null uses default volume on all players #357
    muted Mutes the player
      ◦  Only works if volume is set
    playbackRate Set the playback rate of the player
      ◦  Only supported by YouTube, Wistia, and file paths
    width Set the width of the player 640px
    height Set the height of the player 360px
    style Add inline styles to the root element {}
    progressInterval The time between onProgress callbacks, in milliseconds 1000
    playsinline Applies the playsinline attribute where supported false
    pip Set to true or false to enable or disable picture-in-picture mode
      ◦  Only available when playing file URLs in certain browsers
    stopOnUnmount If you are using pip you may want to use stopOnUnmount={false} to continue playing in picture-in-picture mode even after ReactPlayer unmounts true
    fallback Element or component to use as a fallback if you are using lazy loading null
    wrapper Element or component to use as the container element div
    playIcon Element or component to use as the play icon in light mode
    previewTabIndex Set the tab index to be used on light mode 0
    config Override options for the various players, see config prop

    Callback props

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

    Prop Description
    onReady Called when media is loaded and ready to play. If playing is set to true, media will play immediately
    onStart Called when media starts playing
    onPlay Called when media starts or resumes playing after pausing or buffering
    onProgress Callback containing played and loaded progress as a fraction, and playedSeconds and loadedSeconds in seconds
      ◦  eg { played: 0.12, playedSeconds: 11.3, loaded: 0.34, loadedSeconds: 16.7 }
    onDuration Callback containing duration of the media, in seconds
    onPause Called when media is paused
    onBuffer Called when media starts buffering
    onBufferEnd Called when media has finished buffering
      ◦  Works for files, YouTube and Facebook
    onSeek Called when media seeks with seconds parameter
    onPlaybackRateChange Called when playback rate of the player changed
      ◦  Only supported by YouTube, Vimeo (if enabled), Wistia, and file paths
    onEnded Called when media finishes playing
      ◦  Does not fire when loop is set to true
    onError Called when an error occurs whilst attempting to play media
    onClickPreview Called when user clicks the light mode preview
    onEnablePIP Called when picture-in-picture mode is enabled
    onDisablePIP Called when picture-in-picture mode is disabled

    Config prop

    There is a single config prop to override settings for each type of player:

        youtube: {
          playerVars: { showinfo: 1 }
        facebook: {
          appId: '12345'

    Settings for each player live under different keys:

    Key Options
    youtube playerVars: Override the default player vars
    embedOptions: Override the default embed options
    onUnstarted: Called when state changes to unstarted (usually when video fails to autoplay)
    facebook appId: Your own Facebook app ID
    version: Facebook SDK version
    playerId: Override player ID for consistent server-side rendering (use with react-uid)
    attributes: Extra data attributes to pass to the fb-video element
    soundcloud options: Override the default player options
    vimeo playerOptions: Override the default params
    title: Set the player iframe title attribute
    wistia options: Override the default player options
    playerId: Override player ID for consistent server-side rendering (use with react-uid)
    mixcloud options: Override the default player options
    dailymotion params: Override the default player vars
    twitch options: Override the default player options
    playerId: Override player ID for consistent server-side rendering (use with react-uid)
    file attributes: Apply element attributes
    forceVideo: Always render a <video> element
    forceAudio: Always render an <audio> element
    forceHLS: Use hls.js for HLS streams
    forceDASH: Always use dash.js for DASH streams
    forceFLV: Always use flv.js
    hlsOptions: Override the default hls.js options
    hlsVersion: Override the hls.js version loaded from jsdelivr, default: 0.13.1
    dashVersion: Override the dash.js version loaded from cdnjs, default: 2.9.2
    flvVersion: Override the flv.js version loaded from jsdelivr, default: 1.5.0


    Static Methods

    Method Description
    ReactPlayer.canPlay(url) Determine if a URL can be played. This does not detect media that is unplayable due to privacy settings, streaming permissions, etc. In that case, the onError prop will be invoked after attemping to play. Any URL that does not match any patterns will fall back to a native HTML5 media player.
    ReactPlayer.canEnablePiP(url) Determine if a URL can be played in picture-in-picture mode
    ReactPlayer.addCustomPlayer(CustomPlayer) Add a custom player. See Adding custom players
    ReactPlayer.removeCustomPlayers() Remove any players that have been added using addCustomPlayer()

    Instance Methods

    Use ref to call instance methods on the player. See the demo app for an example of this.

    Method Description
    seekTo(amount, type) Seek to the given number of seconds, or fraction if amount is between 0 and 1
      ◦  type parameter lets you specify 'seconds' or 'fraction' to override default behaviour
    getCurrentTime() Returns the number of seconds that have been played
      ◦  Returns null if unavailable
    getSecondsLoaded() Returns the number of seconds that have been loaded
      ◦  Returns null if unavailable or unsupported
    getDuration() Returns the duration (in seconds) of the currently playing media
      ◦  Returns null if duration is unavailable
    getInternalPlayer() Returns the internal player of whatever is currently playing
      ◦  eg the YouTube player instance, or the <video> element when playing a video file
      ◦  Use getInternalPlayer('hls') to get the hls.js player
      ◦  Use getInternalPlayer('dash') to get the dash.js player
      ◦  Returns null if the internal player is unavailable
    showPreview() When using light mode, returns to the preview overlay

    Advanced Usage

    Light player

    The light prop will render a video thumbnail with simple play icon, and only load the full player once a user has interacted with the image. Noembed is used to fetch thumbnails for a video URL. Note that automatic thumbnail fetching for Facebook, Wistia, Mixcloud and file URLs are not supported, and ongoing support for other URLs is not guaranteed.

    If you want to pass in your own thumbnail to use, set light to the image URL rather than true.

    The styles for the preview image and play icon can be overridden by targeting the CSS classes react-player__preview, react-player__shadow and react-player__play-icon.

    Responsive player

    Set width and height to 100% and wrap the player in a fixed aspect ratio box to get a responsive player:

    class ResponsivePlayer extends Component {
      render () {
        return (
          <div className='player-wrapper'>
    .player-wrapper {
      position: relative;
      padding-top: 56.25% /* Player ratio: 100 / (1280 / 720) */
    .react-player {
      position: absolute;
      top: 0;
      left: 0;

    See jsFiddle example

    SDK Overrides

    You can use your own version of any player SDK, assuming the correct window global is set before the player mounts. For example, to use a local version of hls.js, add <script src='/path/hls.js'></script> to your app. If window.Hls is available when ReactPlayer mounts, it will use that instead of loading hls.js from cdnjs. See #605 for more information.

    Standalone player

    If you aren’t using React, you can still render a player using the standalone library:

    <script src=''></script>
      const container = document.getElementById('container')
      const url = ''
      renderReactPlayer(container, { url, playing: true })
      function pausePlayer () {
        renderReactPlayer(container, { url, playing: false })

    See jsFiddle example

    Adding custom players

    If you have your own player that is compatible with ReactPlayer’s internal architecture, you can add it using addCustomPlayer:

    import YourOwnPlayer from './somewhere';

    Use removeCustomPlayers to clear all custom players:


    It is your responsibility to ensure that custom players keep up with any internal changes to ReactPlayer in later versions.

    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).

    Multiple Sources and Tracks

    Passing an array of YouTube URLs to the url prop will load them as an untitled playlist.


    When playing file paths, an array of sources can be passed to the url prop to render multiple <source> tags.

    <ReactPlayer playing url={['foo.webm', 'foo.ogg']} />

    You can also specify a type for each source by using objects with src and type properties.

        {src: 'foo.webm', type: 'video/webm'},
        {src: 'foo.ogg', type: 'video/ogg'}

    <track> elements for subtitles can be added using config.file:

      config={{ file: {
        tracks: [
          {kind: 'subtitles', src: 'subs/subtitles.en.vtt', srcLang: 'en', default: true},
          {kind: 'subtitles', src: 'subs/subtitles.ja.vtt', srcLang: 'ja'},
          {kind: 'subtitles', src: 'subs/', srcLang: 'de'}

    Supported media


    See the contribution guidelines before creating a pull request.


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