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Video.js Playlist UI

A playlist video picker for video.js and videojs-playlist

Getting Started

Include the plugin script in your page, and a placeholder list element with the class vjs-playlist to house the playlist menu:

<!-- Include the playlist menu styles somewhere in your page: -->
<link href="videojs-playlist-ui.vertical.css" rel="stylesheet">
<!-- The playlist menu will be built automatically in here: -->
<div class="vjs-playlist"></div>
<!-- Include video.js, the videojs-playlist plugin and this plugin: -->
<script src="video.js"></script>
<script src="videojs-playlist.js"></script>
<script src="videojs-playlist-ui.js"></script>
  // Initialize the plugin and build the playlist!

There's also a working example of the plugin you can check out if you're having trouble.


Before this plugin will work at all, it needs an element in the DOM to which to attach itself. There are three ways to find/provide this element:

NOTE: In v2.x of this plugin, the root element was expected to be a list element (i.e., <ol> or <ul>). As of v3.x, the plugin creates a list; so, this root element should be a container for the list (e.g., <div>).

Default Implementation

By default, the plugin will search for the first element in the DOM with the vjs-playlist class.

See an example.

Using a Custom Class

A custom className option can be passed to override the class the plugin will search for to find the root element.

player.playlistUi({className: 'hello-world'});

See an example.

Using a Custom Element

A custom element can be passed in lieu of an options object to explicitly define a specific root element.


See an example.

Other Options

Extra options cannot be passed if passing a custom element.

The options passed to the plugin are passed to the internal PlaylistMenu video.js Component; so, you may pass in any option that is accepted by a component.

In addition, the options object may contain the following specialized properties:


Type: string Default: "vjs-playlist"

As mentioned above, the name of the class to search for to populate the playlist menu.


Type: boolean Default: false

The default behavior is that the play state is expected to stay the same between videos. If the player is playing when switching playlist items, continue playing. If paused, stay paused.

When this boolean is set to true, clicking on the playlist menu items will always play the video.

Playlists and Advertisements

The PlaylistMenu automatically adapts to ad integrations based on videojs-contrib-ads. When a linear ad is being played, the menu will darken and stop responding to click or touch events. If you'd prefer to allow your viewers to change videos during ad playback, you can override this behavior through CSS. You will also need to make sure that your ad integration is properly cancelled and cleaned up before switching -- consult the documentation for your ad library for details on how to do that.