About Video markup for YouTube/Vimeo

Render oEmbed data from YouTube/Vimeo URLs.

Category Text Formatters
Textformatter modules that provide run-time formatting for blocks of text (typically used with Text/Textarea fields).
Release StateBeta
Close to stable, but users are advised to be cautious and test thoroughly.*
Module Version0.2.1
Class NameTextformatterVideoMarkup
Date AddedAugust 3, 2020
Last UpdatedAugust 25, 2020
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This module's files should be placed in /site/modules/TextformatterVideoMarkup/
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Textformatter Video Markup

Render oEmbed data from YouTube/Vimeo URLs. Based on TextformatterVideoEmbed by Ryan Cramer and TextformatterVideoEmbedOptions by Steffen Henschel.


  • ProcessWire >= 3.0.148
  • PHP >= 7


  1. Download the zip file at Github or clone the repo into your site/modules directory.
  2. If you downloaded the zip file, extract it in your sites/modules directory.
  3. In your admin, go to Modules > Refresh, then Modules > New, then click on the Install button for this module.

How to use

  • Edit the field you will be placing videos in. This can be any Text field e.g. Text, Textarea (CKEditor or not), URL etc.
  • On the Details tab, select "Video markup for YouTube/Vimeo" in Text Formatters and Save.
  • Edit a page using the field you've edited and paste in YouTube and/or Vimeo video URLs. If the field is using CKEditor, make sure each URL is on its own paragraph.



This is the template that will be used to render the oEmbed data. It does this through the use of placeholders wrapped in curly brackets. Each endpoint should provide:

  • type: video.
  • version: 1.0.
  • title: A text title, describing the video.
  • author_name: The name of the author/owner of the video.
  • author_url: A URL for the author/owner of the video.
  • provider_name: YouTube or Vimeo.
  • provider_url: https://www.youtube.com/ or https://vimeo.com/.
  • thumbnail_url: A URL to a thumbnail image for the video.
  • thumbnail_width: The width of the thumbnail.
  • thumbnail_height: The height of the thumbnail.
  • html: The HTML embed code.
  • width: The width in pixels required to display the video.
  • height: The height in pixels required to display the video.

Vimeo also returns a number of custom properties. For more information on these please see https://developer.vimeo.com/api/oembed/videos#table-3.

These additional placeholders are also available:

  • url: The requested URL.
  • embedUrl: The embed URL.
  • class: yt or vm. Useful for styling YouTube/Vimeo markup differently.


If $config->debug is set to true, you can output a table of the data returned by the oEmbed endpoint using the {debug} placeholder.

Example - Thumbnail image with UIkit Lightbox

<figure data-uk-lightbox>
    <a href="{url}" data-poster="{thumbnail_url}" data-attrs="width: {width}; height: {height}">
        <img src="{thumbnail_url}" alt="{title}">

In debug mode, a table of the oEmbed data is appended.

Video Options

  • Max Width: The video width.
  • Max Height: The video height.
  • Empty Value: The value that will be rendered if no response is received from the oEmbed endpoint.

For the empty value, the following placeholders can be used:

  • {url}: Outputs the requested URL.
  • {link}: Outputs the requested URL as a link.

YouTube/Vimeo Options

These allow global configuration of videos. Not all options are available, just those that could be useful to set globally. For example, YouTube allows start and end parameter options - it wouldn't make sense to set these for every video on your site!

You can override the global defaults in the URL request e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScMzIvxBSi4&controls=0&color=white. The exception to this is YouTube's privacy-enhanced mode, which is not a paramater option, but a different URL.

If multi-language support is enabled, language paramaters will default to the name of the user's language e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScMzIvxBSi4&cc_lang_pref=fr&hl=fr.

More information on these options can be found here: YouTube / Vimeo

Note: YouTube's rel=0 doesn't behave the way it used to - see the link above for more information.


Any data returned by the oEmbed endpoints is cached permanently unless cleared manually, which you can do so here.


The render() method is hookable, allowing you to customise rendering on a per page, per field basis.

// in site/ready.php
$wire->addHookBefore('TextformatterVideoMarkup::render', function(HookEvent $event) {

	// Arguments
	$tpl = $event->arguments(0); // string: The markup template
	$data = $event->arguments(1); // array: The oEmbed data
	$url = $event->arguments(2); // string: The requested URL
	$emptyValue = $event->arguments(3); // string: The empty value used if no data is returned

	// Object properties
	$page = $event->object->page; // Page: The page
	$field = $event->object->field; // Field: The field
	$html = $event->object->html; // bool: Is it HTML being parsed, or plain text?

	// Example 1 - Replace the thumbnail image
	if($field->name == 'video' && $page->hasField('images') && $page->images->count) {
		$data['thumbnail_url'] =  $page->images->first->url;
		$event->arguments(1, $data);

	// Example 2 - Set empty values by fieldtype
	switch((string) $field->type) {
		case 'FieldtypeTextarea':
			$msg = sprintf(__('Sorry, the video (%s) could not be rendered.'), $url);
			$emptyValue = $html ? '<p>' . strip_tags($msg) . '</p>' : $msg;
		case 'FieldtypeURL':
			$event->arguments(0, '{title}'); // Also set the tpl
			$emptyValue = '{link}';
	$event->arguments(3, $emptyValue);