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Get the ID of the Youtube video (or use best fallback possible)

JavaScript February 7, 2021




(Required) (Object) The event target passed within the Youtube API functions
Default: None

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function nebulaYoutubeError(e){
    var thisVideo = nebulaVideos[nebula.getYoutubeID(];    

Additional Notes

This checks if the undocumented getVideoData() function is available from the Youtube API. Either way it tries to return the most applicable ID available. The fallback stack is Youtube ID, Debug ID, ?v parameter from the video URL or the iframe src, ID attribute of the iframe element itself.

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    Source File

    Located in /assets/js/modules/video.js on line 485.

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    This function does not have any filters or actions available. Request one?
    nebula.getYoutubeID = function(target){
        let id;
        //If getVideoData is available in the API
        if ( target.getVideoData ){
            id = target.getVideoData().id || target.getVideoData().video_id;
        //Make sure the ID was available within the getVideoData() otherwise use alternate methods
        if ( !id ){
            if ( target.getDebugText ){
                id = JSON.parse(target.getDebugText()).debug_videoId;
            } else if ( typeof target.getVideoUrl === 'function' ){
                id = nebula.get('v', target.getVideoUrl()); //Parse the video URL for the ID or use the iframe ID
            } else {
                id = jQuery(target.getIframe()).attr('src').split('?')[0].split('/').pop() || jQuery(target.getIframe()).attr('id'); //Parse the video URL for the ID or use the iframe ID
        return id;


    To override or disable this JavaScript function, simply redeclare it with the exact same function name.

    nebula.getYoutubeID = function(target){
        //Write your own code here, leave it blank, or return false.