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


npm install react-player-pfy --save
# or 
yarn add react-player-pfy
import React, { Component } from 'react'
import ReactPlayer from 'react-player-pfy'
class App extends Component {
  render () {
    return <ReactPlayer url='' playing />

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.


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
  ◦  Controls cannot be hidden for Wistia videos
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
wrapper Element or component to use as the container element div
playIcon Element or component to use as the play icon in light mode
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
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
onEnablePIP Called when picture-in-picture mode is enabled
onDisablePIP Called when picture-in-picture mode is disabled

Config prop

As of version 0.24, there is a single config prop to override the settings for the various players. If you are migrating from an earlier version, you must move all the old config props inside config:

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

The old style config props still work but will produce a console warning:

  youtubeConfig={{ playerVars: { showinfo: 1 } }}
  facebookConfig={{ 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
preload: Used for preloading
facebook appId: Your own Facebook app ID
version: Facebook SDK version
playerId: Override player ID for consistent server-side rendering (use with react-uid)
soundcloud options: Override the default player options
preload: Used for preloading
vimeo playerOptions: Override the default params
preload: Used for preloading
wistia options: Override the default player options
mixcloud options: Override the default player options
dailymotion params: Override the default player vars
preload: Used for preloading
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
hlsOptions: Override the default hls.js options
hlsVersion: Override the hls.js version loaded from cdnjs, default: 0.10.1
dashVersion: Override the dash.js version loaded from cdnjs, default: 2.9.2

When preload is set to true for players that support it, a short, silent video is played in the background when ReactPlayer first mounts. This fixes a bug where videos would not play when loaded in a background browser tab.


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.

Single player imports

If you are only ever playing a single type of URL, you can import individual players to keep your bundle size down:

import YouTubePlayer from 'react-player/lib/players/YouTube'
  // Other ReactPlayer props will work here

See a list of available players here.

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.

Using Bower

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='' playing />,

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

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 fileConfig:

  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


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