[HOWTO] 📹 YouTube Video Player With App Inventor!

Changelog for 2022/3/20
  • updated some formatting issues.

  • added some new content for HTML.

:computer: Introduction

DIFFICULTY: :star::star::star: (3/10)

In this tutorial, you will learn how to play YouTube videos without any extensions in App Inventor. We will use a WebViewer, like the Google Maps tutorial, to display YouTube videos. So far, you can do the following.

  • loop a video (play a video infinite times or only once).

  • enable/disable autoplay.

  • mute the video.

  • display player controls in the video player.

  • more!

  • (more features coming out soon)

Note that this is not a complete replacement. With this guide, you still will not be able to pause the video, raise the volume, or similar.

We will generate a URL, and tell the WebViewer to go to that URL to play the video.

:computer: Required: Setting Up Our Blocks.

By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to do something like this.

videoId is the video ID of your YouTube video. For example, if your video URL is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRUx61plsz4, your YouTube ID is DRUx61plsz4.

The procedure is actually very simple.

  • Autoplay decides whether the player should immediately choose another video after the video is over.

  • Mute decides whether the player should be muted. Note that the user can still unmute the video when the video is played if showControls is on.

  • Loop decides whether the player should play the video infinite times until the user gets bored.

  • Show controls decides whether the video should show video controls, e.g. subtitle options.

Basically, 1 = yes and 0 = no. YouTube embeds the video inside the WebViewer.

? and & are operators in links that join parameters. The first parameter should start with ?, and the remaining ones should have started with &.

:hammer_and_wrench: Option 1. Other Functions.

Now that you have understood this, you can go to the YouTube documentation for more parameters.

Try these activities:

  • enabling the function for your progress bar to be either red or white.

  • setting the time to pause the video.

After activity number 1, you should have something like this. Unfortunately, YouTube only supports 2 colors - red and white.

:hammer_and_wrench: Option 2. HTML code!

This isn't required, but have you tried embedding HTML code into your WebViewer? If you do, you probably have more options, e.g. setting the width and the height (if you are using the normal method, the extra parts will be covered in black). For example:

<iframe id="ytplayer" type="text/html" width="640" height="360"

Read more about it in the YouTube documentation.

To embed HTML code inside a WebViewer:


:heavy_check_mark: Tests

Tested successfully on the AI Companion on Xiaomi 5G 11 NE Lite.

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This tutorial is only a minor replacement for the YouTube player. You can still use these extensions, which have more features.

Of course, if you can, you should still use the method without extensions. Read Extensions vs build-in Blocks.


how do i make it to where i can see the video on the app