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PeerTube Embed API

PeerTube lets you embed videos and programmatically control their playback. This documentation covers how to interact with the PeerTube Embed API.


Any PeerTube embed URL (ie can be viewed as an embedding playground which allows you to test various aspects of PeerTube embeds. Simply replace /embed with /test-embed and visit the URL in a browser. For instance, the playground URL for the above embed URL is

Quick Start

Given an existing PeerTube embed <iframe> with API enabled (, one can use the PeerTube Embed API to control it by first including the library. You can include it via Yarn with:

yarn add @peertube/embed-api

Now just use the PeerTubePlayer class exported by the module:

import { PeerTubePlayer } from '@peertube/embed-api.js'


Or use the minified build from NPM CDN in your HTML file:

<script src=""></script>

  const PeerTubePlayer = window['PeerTubePlayer']


Then you can instantiate the player:

let player = new PeerTubePlayer(document.querySelector('iframe'))
await player.ready // wait for the player to be ready

// now you can use it!

Embed URL parameters

You can customize PeerTube player by specifying URL query parameters. For example


Start the video at a specific time. Value must be raw seconds or a duration (3m4s) Default: starts at 0


Stop the video at a specific time. Value must be raw seconds or a duration (54s) Default: ends at content end


Mimics video HTML element controls attribute, meaning that all controls (including big play button, control bar, etc.) will be removed. It can be useful if you want to have a full control of the PeerTube player.

Value must be 0 or 1. Default: 1


Hide control bar when the video is played.

Value must be 0 or 1. Default: 1

Hide PeerTube instance link in control bar.

Value must be 0 or 1. Default: 1


Mute the video by default.

Value must be 0 or 1. Default: tries to restore the last muted setting set by the user


Automatically start again the video when it ends.

Value must be 0 or 1. Default: 0


Auto select a subtitle by default.

Value must be a valid subtitle ISO code (fr, en, etc.). Default: no subtitle selected and then tries to restore the last subtitle set by the user


Try to automatically play the video. Most web browsers disable video autoplay if the user did not interact with the video. You can try to bypass this limitation by muting the video

Value must be 0 or 1. Default: 0


Force the default playback rate (0.75, 1.5 etc). Default: 1


Show/Hide embed title.

Value must be 0 or 1. Default: 1


Show/Hide P2P warning title.

Value must be 0 or 1. Default: 1


Enable/Disable P2P.

Value must be 0 or 1. Default: tries to use the user setting and fallbacks to instance setting if user setting is not found


Customize big play button background color.

Value must be a valid color (red or rgba(100, 100, 100, 0.5)). Default: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)


Customize embed font color.

Value must be a valid color (red or rgba(100, 100, 100, 0.5)).

Default: white


Force a specific player engine.

Value must be a valid mode (web-video or p2p-media-loader).

See behaviour description here

Default: p2p-media-loader and fallback to web-video mode.


Enable/Disable embed JavaScript API (see methods below).

Value must be 0 or 1.

Default: 0


PeerTube >= 6.0

If the video requires a password, PeerTube will wait a password provided by setVideoPassword method before loading the video.

Until you provide a password, player.ready is not resolved.

Value must be 0 or 1.

Default: 0

Embed attributes

ready: Promise<void>

This promise is resolved when the video is loaded an the player is ready.

Embed methods

play() : Promise<void>

Starts playback, or resumes playback if it is paused.

pause() : Promise<void>

Pauses playback.

seek(positionInSeconds : number)

Seek to the given position, as specified in seconds into the video.

addEventListener(eventName : string, handler : Function)

Add a listener for a specific event. See below for the available events.

removeEventListener(eventName : string, handler : Function)

Remove a listener.

getResolutions() : Promise<PeerTubeResolution[]>

Get the available resolutions. A PeerTubeResolution looks like:

    "id": 3,
    "label": "720p",
    "height": "720",
    "active": true

active is true if the resolution is the currently selected resolution.

setResolution(resolutionId : number): Promise<void>

Change the current resolution. Pass -1 for automatic resolution (when available). Otherwise, resolutionId should be the ID of an object returned by getResolutions()

getPlaybackRates() : Promise<number[]>

Get the available playback rates, where 1 represents normal speed, 0.5 is half speed, 2 is double speed, etc.

getPlaybackRates() : Promise<number>

Get the current playback rate. See getPlaybackRates() for more information.

setPlaybackRate(rate: number) : Promise<void>

Set the current playback rate. The passed rate should be a value as returned by getPlaybackRates().

setVolume(factor: number) : Promise<void>

Set the playback volume. Value should be between 0 and 1.

getVolume(): Promise<number>

Get the playback volume. Returns a value between 0 and 1.

setCaption(id: string) : Promise<void>

Update current caption using the caption id.

getCaptions(): Promise<{ id: string, label: string, src: string, mode: 'disabled' | 'showing' }>

Get video captions.

playNextVideo(): Promise<void>

Play next video in playlist.

playPreviousVideo(): Promise<void>

Play previous video in playlist.

getCurrentPosition(): Promise<void>

Get current position in playlist (starts from 1).

setVideoPassword(): Promise<void>

PeerTube >= 6.0

Set the video password so the user doesn't have to manually fill it. waitPasswordFromEmbedAPI=1 is required in embed URL.

Embed events

You can subscribe to events by using addEventListener(). See above for details.

Event playbackStatusUpdate

Fired every half second to provide the current status of playback. The parameter of the callback will resemble:

  "position": 22.3,
  "volume": 0.9,
  "duration": "171.37499",
  "playbackState": "playing"

duration field and ended playbackState are available in PeerTube >= 2.2.

The volume field contains the volume from 0 (silent) to 1 (full volume). The playbackState can be unstarted, playing, paused or ended. More states may be added later.

Event playbackStatusChange

Fired when playback transitions between states, such as paused and playing. More states may be added later.

Event resolutionUpdate

Fired when the available resolutions have changed, or when the currently selected resolution has changed. Listener should call getResolutions() to get the updated information.

Event volumeChange

Fired when the player volume changed.