Using a link like this:
I can link to a video in a playlist and activate shuffle. But there are two problems here:

  1. The shuffle order is always the same, since it's given a seed by the URL
  2. It always starts at a specific video - this could be solved, if that is possible, by providing an index instead of a particular video, since I regularly add new playlist elements to the beginning of it.

I have the above link as a bookmark for my music playlist, and would like to fix these issues. I'm using Google Chrome, an extension is also an option for me.

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Please find documentation to youtube link parameters here
Check under the point Loading a playlist

I was able to link my metal playlist with the following link. The same link starts the same playlist on different videos, depending on which video I put first




Note that you need to prepend the playlist ID with the letters PL as shown in the following example:


For some reason the playlists opens in full size... you have to check more for size parameters if you dont want this

I do not find any parameter for the shuffle option

  • "For some reason the playlists opens in full size" I know why, because what you provided is already known to me and supposed to be used for an HTML5 Player embedded in a Website(hence embed in the address bar), without loading any of the usual YouTube functionality. Unfortunately, that doesn't really solve my problem
    – xeruf
    Nov 2, 2017 at 21:26
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    I know it's not what you wanted, but I've been searching too long for this with no avail : youtube-playlist-randomizer.bitbucket.io this works for me, because all I want is one click thing
    – medmek
    Aug 24, 2021 at 9:56

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