Using Youtube Thumbnails on your Websites

I seem to find myself working with Youtubes thumbnail images quite a lot (for instance on Miniclips videos section) – and I am always having to go searching for the parameters to use to generate those thumbnail images.

The highest quality of these images is the maxresdefault.jpg image, but not all videos have these available. With that in mind I thought I would try and find out what the other parameters are and what they do.

So I made a little app to view them as you can see below:

For reference the urls are as follows:

4 Frames from Key Points in the animation[video-id]/0.jpg[video-id]/1.jpg[video-id]/2.jpg[video-id]/3.jpg

Default thumbnail (the one seen on Youtube itself)[video-id]/default.jpg

High Quality default image (hqdefault.jpg)[video-id]/hqdefault.jpg

Medium Quality default image (mqdefault.jpg)[video-id]/mqdefault.jpg

Standard definition thumbnail (sddefault.jpg)[video-id]/sddefault.jpg

The largest size thumbnail available (maxresdefault.jpg)[video-id]/maxresdefault.jpg

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