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How I can to get thumbnail image from YouTube video? How do I get a YouTube video thumbnail from the YouTube API?


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In YouTube API V3 we can also use these URLs for obtaining thumbnails. They are classified based on their quality:

https://i1.ytimg.com/vi/<insert-youtube-video-id-here>/default.jpg - default
https://i1.ytimg.com/vi/<insert-youtube-video-id-here>/mqdefault.jpg - medium
https://i1.ytimg.com/vi/<insert-youtube-video-id-here>/hqdefault.jpg - high
https://i1.ytimg.com/vi/<insert-youtube-video-id-here>/sddefault.jpg - standard

And for maximum resolution:

https://i1.ytimg.com/vi/<insert-youtube-video-id-here>/maxresdefault.jpg

Full answer

Each YouTube video has 4 generated images. They are predictably formatted as follows:

https://img.youtube.com/vi/<insert-youtube-video-id-here>/0.jpg
https://img.youtube.com/vi/<insert-youtube-video-id-here>/1.jpg
https://img.youtube.com/vi/<insert-youtube-video-id-here>/2.jpg
https://img.youtube.com/vi/<insert-youtube-video-id-here>/3.jpg

First one in the list is a full size image and others are thumbnail images. The default thumbnail image (ie. one of 1.jpg, 2.jpg, 3.jpg) is:

https://img.youtube.com/vi/<insert-youtube-video-id-here>/default.jpg

For the high quality version of the thumbnail use a url similar to this:

https://img.youtube.com/vi/<insert-youtube-video-id-here>/hqdefault.jpg

There is also a medium quality version of the thumbnail, using a url similar to the HQ:

https://img.youtube.com/vi/<insert-youtube-video-id-here>/mqdefault.jpg

For the standard definition version of the thumbnail, use a url similar to this:

https://img.youtube.com/vi/<insert-youtube-video-id-here>/sddefault.jpg

For the maximum resolution version of the thumbnail use a url similar to this:

https://img.youtube.com/vi/<insert-youtube-video-id-here>/maxresdefault.jpg

All of the above urls are available over http too. Additionally, the slightly shorter hostname i3.ytimg.com works in place of img.youtube.com in the example urls above.

Alternatively, you can use the YouTube Data API (v3) to get thumbnail images.

Not every YouTube video contains all nine thumbnails, but there are seven thumbnails for every video. They are:

Image size depends on video.

And additionally, next two thumbnails may or may not exist. For HQ videos they exist:

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