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Embed a Youtube Video in a React Webpage

How do you embed a Youtube video into a React website or application?

In this article, we're going to walk through the process of embedding a Youtube video in a React application/website. To do most of the heavy lifting, we'll use the ReactPlayer NPM package and React component to embed the video.

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Before working through this article, we assume that you already have a React application created. If you need help creating one, we have an article that lays out 6 different ways to create a React application.

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Table Of Contents

Install ReactPlayer NPM Package

First, we need to install the ReactPlayer NPM package. You can install it using one of the below commands:


npm install react-player --save


yarn add react-player

Use ReactPlayer to Embed a YouTuve Video

Open the page in your React application you want to add the YouTube media player to and import the ReactPlayer NPM package into the page:

import ReactPlayer from "react-player"

This will make the <ReactPlayer /> component available for use in the page.

Here is how you'd put the component to use:

import React from "react"
import ReactPlayer from "react-player"

function App() {
  return (

export default App

This code will embed a YouTube video player into your page with the video located at the given url props value. We also supplied the component with a controls props value. This tells ReactPlayer to show the player controls native to YouTube.

After you save the file and reload the page, you should see the media player in the page.

Embed a YouTube Video Into a React Website

The ReactPlayer component is now embedded in your webpage!

There are several other props data you can add to the component beyond the url and control values. Check out the project's documentation or play around with their demo for more information.