YouTube Tip: Link to Specific Timestamp in Video

by Klaus on August 19, 2010

in Guides/How-To

I often find that I don’t need to share a full YouTube video with somebody, I just need them to see a certain part and so I tell them to just skip ahead to whatever timestamp that certain part is about to start.

There is something much easier though (for the recipient), that not many people know about. In the link, you can embed the timestamp, so the YouTube video automatically begins playing from that time in the video.

All you have to do, is add the following to the end of the link (URL): #t=5m40s

What that’ll do, is to begin playing the video at 5 minutes and 40 seconds in. Simply replace the “5” with whatever minutes you need and “40” with whatever seconds you need.

Here’s an example – like if I just want to show you how somebody likes to smell Apple boxes but there’s no need for you to watch the entire video, I’d give out this link:

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Greg Ellison August 19, 2010 at 19:36

That is cool I never new you could do that with a YouTube URL. Thanks for sharing the trick with us. Thanks Greg Ellison
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Michael Aulia August 20, 2010 at 06:56

Wow, seriously? Great tip! Yes, you are right, not many people know about it 😀
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Ronald Redito August 20, 2010 at 07:10

Wow, this is cool. Never thought there was an option to do this on Youtube. I hate it when you need to play the entire video especially when it longer than 5 minutes.
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andrihdt August 23, 2010 at 10:22

I like youtube, nice share for your web.thanks


Noel from sign brackets August 23, 2010 at 18:19

I didn’t quite get the purpose of it. But cool feature! Just adding few characters to the URL and walla! By the way the girl is talking too fast on the video. Hehehe!


article submissions August 24, 2010 at 12:20

Thanks for sharing the trick with us……….


Karen August 24, 2010 at 19:51

It just goes to prove you can learn something new everyday, thanks for the info, I may be able to use this when I post another YouTube video on my blog in the near future 😉
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hapatchan August 24, 2010 at 20:24

Great trick … Thanks for sharing the tip about youtube
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Virginia DUI August 25, 2010 at 15:32

This is very good good on the on your article. this is my first time to hear about Youtube Link. I really use Youtube but then I nver knew it. Thanks for the post, I will try this new idea. I do believe that this is a very cool feature. Thanks.



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