Is there a way to move frame by frame in a YouTube video?

I don't want to download the video.

I know that Ctrl+1, Ctrl+2, etc. can jump to sections in a video. That's cool, but I would like more navigation options.

  • Do you need to do this for many videos or just a single video? If one, just download the file and use VLC/QuickTime to play the .flv or .m4v. Sep 7, 2010 at 16:39
  • That looks like my only option so far. It would be nice if worked in the browser, though.
    – snitzr
    Sep 7, 2010 at 19:11
  • I recall the earliest video players offered this feature. Why every video player doesn't natively offer this feature is beyond me, but this definitely is a peeve of mine.
    – Michael
    Feb 6, 2015 at 18:11

6 Answers 6


Pause the video. Press . to go one frame forward. , to go one frame back. I use these whenever I use others’ animated videos as references.

  • Using Chrome with the Youtube HTML5 player, these actually change the "speed" of the video : - "dot" increases the video speed (x2, x4) - "comma" decreases it (/2, /4, etc.)
    – John
    Jul 24, 2016 at 15:11
  • In safari, using the html5 player this behaves exactly as described.
    – Mystic
    Oct 12, 2016 at 23:36
  • @John Not for me , I use HTML5 also, in Chrome also as you, and they do what this answer says. Jan 6, 2018 at 0:54
  • Youtube shortcuts: sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/going-google/accessibility/…
    – Vadzim
    Jan 11, 2018 at 16:54

There's a Web App and a Google Chrome Extension which allow you to move frame by frame through a YouTube video:


You can do this using the YouTube enhance userscript;


Media Controller :

☯ Step back: Go backward to the nearest video keyframe and pause.

☯ Step forward: Go to the next frame and pause.

Hope this helps.

  • I'm getting a Server Error at the moment for that link.
    – snitzr
    Sep 16, 2010 at 19:40
  • It was down but seems to be working again now.
    – Whitingx
    Sep 20, 2010 at 9:02

Period (.) goes one frame forward

Comma (,) goes on frame backward

Right Arrow goes forward 5 seconds

Left Arrow goes backward 5 seconds

L goes forward 10 seconds

J goes backward 10 seconds

  • Forgot to add, when going frame by frame the YouTube video has to be paused.
    – Monk
    Jul 9, 2020 at 20:56

Your right and left arrow keys will step forwards and backwards.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GRsRiu2zSA

  • 1
    not one frame. in my browser, right arrow steps forward 5 seconds.
    – Michael
    Feb 6, 2015 at 18:11

Scroll Frame does this. Simple UI buttons, or mouse scroll.

  • This is considered a oneliner. Add more info to your post as the link may get broken in time.
    – Jacob Jan
    Apr 27, 2014 at 7:04

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.