How to pause a YouTube player when hiding the iframe?

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The easiest way to implement this behaviour is by calling the pauseVideo and playVideo methods, when necessary. Inspired by the result of my previous answer, I have written a pluginless function to achieve the desired behaviour.

The only adjustments:

  • I have added a function, toggleVideo
  • I have added ?enablejsapi=1 to YouTube's URL, to enable the feature


function toggleVideo(state) {
    // if state == 'hide', hide. Else: show video
    var div = document.getElementById("popupVid");
    var iframe = div.getElementsByTagName("iframe")[0].contentWindow; = state == 'hide' ? 'none' : '';
    func = state == 'hide' ? 'pauseVideo' : 'playVideo';
    iframe.postMessage('{"event":"command","func":"' + func + '","args":""}', '*');

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<!-- popup and contents -->
<div id="popupVid" style="position:absolute;left:0px;top:87px;width:500px;background-color:#D05F27;height:auto;display:none;z-index:200;">
   <iframe width="500" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
   <br /><br />
   <a href="javascript:;" onClick="toggleVideo('hide');">close</a>

~ Answered on 2011-12-29 13:57:41

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