I've been searching but what I've found was always about uploading a video to Tumblr or about adding audio only on Tumblr. None of the results has a solution for my problem. I just want to display a video that's already uploaded on YouTube, not uploading it to Tumblr. How do I embed YouTube video on a Tumblr text post?

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I think you misinterpret what the user interface is saying.

The first option is embed

There are two options in the video interface.

  1. Embed a video
  2. Upload a video

You want option 1. If you want to add some text you can use the caption.

Another way to do this will be a regular "Add a Text" Post

Add a Text Post

From there you can use html and YouTube embed option (using the share link at the bottom of a YouTube video) to place it where ever you wish.


<p>Go for text</p>
<iframe width="560" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IwX3FdwMCUs" frameborder="0"></iframe>
<p>And here goes the rest.</p>
  • Must I create a special post on tumblr just for the sake of embedding a video and then update my another text post to display the video? So my tumblr will have two posts (video and text) instead of one text post (which I want), no? Thanks for your answer!
    – Arie
    Aug 29, 2011 at 12:59
  • @Arie It depends where you want the text. The "Add a video" post option allows some caption to be placed under it. Otherwise you can use the "Add a Text" post option.
    – phwd
    Aug 29, 2011 at 13:13
  • awesome! it's working! thanks!!
    – Arie
    Aug 30, 2011 at 14:27
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    I have been doing the same as you've told, but when I embed the video, it is shown in the editing area but after clicking update preview, I cant see the video I embeded, how come? thanks!
    – user27553
    Nov 3, 2012 at 6:06

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