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Published 10th December 2009 by

Embed YouTube videos in bulletin board software such as phpBB, which will not allow you to use the embed code provided by YouTube. This simple tutorial will show you how you and your visitors can link embed videos in posts with a very simple bbcode tag.

This tutorial is aimed at phpBB version 3, although a similar technique may be used for SMF.

PhpBB 3 features a new custom BBCode tag editor which allows you to create custom tags. Here is how it is done.

First, log into your Administrative Control Panel (ACP) and click on the Posting tab on the top menu.

Embed YouTube in phpBB posts

Embed YouTube in phpBB posts

Click the "Add a new BBCode" button in the bottom right-hand corner. (Note: The "youtube" item as shown in the photo below, won't appear at this point on your forum - we are going to create it)

How to Add YouTube Videos to phpBB

How to Add YouTube Videos to phpBB

Enter the following code into the "bbcode usage" box:


Enter the following in the "HTML replacement" box. This is essentially the embed code from the YouTube page. Notice the video id has been replaced with {SIMPLETEXT}.

<object width="425" height="350">
  <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/{SIMPLETEXT}&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;"></param>
  <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param>
  <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param>
  <embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/{SIMPLETEXT}&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="350"></embed>

Finally enter this code into the help line text box:

Insert YouTube Video ID# - Example: [youtube]Hue_h4nsi[/youtube]

You can check "Display on posting page" to add a button to the posting page.

Click submit and that is now done.

How to Add YouTube Videos to phpBB

How to Add YouTube Videos to phpBB

You can simply embed a YouTube video by using


Where AixMDvKuxqU is the video id from the YouTube URL.

How to Add YouTube Videos to phpBB

How to Add YouTube Videos to phpBB

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