How To Get YouTube Thumbnail URL/Web Address

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YouTube stores several image thumbnails for every video. These are used for video previews and can be extracted and used elsewhere with one of several different web addresses (URLs).

In each of these web addresses, replace VIDEOID with the eleven character long YouTube video ID.

DimensionsWeb AddressDescription
120x90http://img.youtube.com/vi/VIDEOID/1.jpgSmall thumbnail 1
120x90http://img.youtube.com/vi/VIDEOID/2.jpgSmall thumbnail 2
120x90http://img.youtube.com/vi/VIDEOID/3.jpgSmall thumbnail 3
480x360http://img.youtube.com/vi/VIDEOID/0.jpgDefault large thumbnail
120x90http://img.youtube.com/vi/VIDEOID/default.jpgDefault small thumbnail
320x180http://img.youtube.com/vi/VIDEOID/mqdefault.jpgDefault medium quality thumbnail
480x360http://img.youtube.com/vi/VIDEOID/hqdefault.jpgDefault high quality thumbnail
1280x720http://img.youtube.com/vi/VIDEOID/maxresdefault.jpgDefault max resolution thumbnail (only available if video has 720p option)

The default thumbnails are chosen by the video uploader from one of the three available thumbnails. The default is the preview image you see on the YouTube search page or when a video is embedded (but not playing yet).
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