How to Easily Embed YouTube Videos in Jekyll Sites Without a Plugin

April 04, 2015

If you’re constantly embedding videos on your site, it can be a pain to include the YouTube embed code each time. And if you’re hosting on Github, you can’t use a third party plugin. So here is an easy way to use includes instead of a plugin.

Just create a file in your _includes folder called youtubePlayer.html with this in it:

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="{{ }}" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Then include this wherever you want to embed a youTube video. You can do like I did here and use data from the front matter of the post or page, or you can just put the id of the YouTube video directly.

{% include youtubePlayer.html id=page.youtubeId %}

You can also do the same thing with vimeo by making a file called vimeoPlayer.html:

<iframe src="{{ }}" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>

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Written by Adam Garrett-Harris, a podcaster and software engineer in Utah. You should follow him on Twitter