If I find a video on YouTube that I want to send to a friend, but I really only care about something at the two minute mark, can I send him a link that will start at two minutes into the video for him?

Is there a specific URL or setting when sending a link to a YouTube video that jumps directly to a point in the timeline?


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Simply add #t=XhYmZs to the end of the URL where X is the number of hours, Y is the number of minutes, and Z is the number of seconds.

i.e. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxxxxxxxxxxx#t=2m0s for your example.


You can now right-click inside the video player to copy the URL with the current timestamp.

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    Ooh - that's slick!
    – Jeffrey
    Dec 7, 2010 at 20:28

Side note: If you are leaving a comment on the video you can't use the full link (Youtube bans all links in comments), but you can use a simple "mm:ss" format in your comment on Youtube to automatically create a link to that point in the video. I haven't seen this documented anywhere but it comes in handy for quick links. Also it uses Javascript instead of the #t= anchor so you can make multiple time references and click on them really fast to create quick mash-ups or loop the video at a specific point.

  • Seems like it would be possible to use jQuery to replicate this functionality on any website by just-in-time replacing the timestamp (regex match) with the YouTube hyperlink. I may code this myself, but if anyone beats me to it, please let me know and vice versa.
    – PJ Brunet
    Oct 30, 2015 at 22:22

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