How to grab and download the YouTube Video Thumbnail

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You tube generates a thumbnail of the video uploaded and is shown as default before it starts playing. In case you want to grab that thumbnail  and want to use it somewhere here is small trick.

Get the YouTube video id

You tube video id can be found either in the direct url they give e.g 5qt-7zEJwKM ( Tha string after “v=” ) or in the embed code where it says <embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/5qt-7zEJwKM .

Get the thumbnail image of the YouTube video

You tube sores all these images under their sub domain IMG. Copy this url where Video ID is the one you just grabbed using above step. paste it  in your browser and hit enter.

e.g You can see this link http://img.youtube.com/vi/5qt-7zEJwKM/default.jpg directly.

Finding You tube video ID and grabbing the thumbnail of the video

Finding You tube video ID and grabbing the thumbnail of the video

This trick was explained by Scott Klarr. He also explains how to get the Google Video thumbnail which is little more complex. I would suggest you to read his post on How to grab thumbnails for YouTube and Google video



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5 Comments to How to grab and download the YouTube Video Thumbnail

  1. Thanks a lot! You’ve saved me from my ugly boss “I want youtube preview image embedded on my site!!!”
    :)

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