How To Get YouTube Thumbnail Images

By | March 7, 2012

YouTube thumbnails can be fetched using YouTube’s Video API. YouTube API responses may contain multiple thumbnail images for a video, each of which is identified by a <media:thumbnail> tag. In order to view or download the thumbnail from a YouTube video.

Change the following video id in the URL to fetch the image

The video ID can be found from the video URL after the character v. YouTube automatically generates 4 images for every video .Change the # corresponds to (0, 1, 2, or 3) to get different images.

1st, 2nd, 3rd Thumbnail Image, Small (120×90)

YouTube thumbnails Image can be fetched using custom field in WordPress. Custom field function code

<img border="0" src="<?php $youtubes = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'youtube', false); ?>
		<?php foreach($youtubes as $tube ) {
			echo $tube;
			} ?>/1.jpg"  rel="nofollow" alt="Thumbnail" />

Example Here

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