Plugin Reviews

JW Player for Flash & HTML5 Video

The JW Player WordPress Plugin enables you to embed Flash and HTML5 audio and video, plus RTMP and YouTube streams, on your site using JW Player 6.


33 reviews
Average Rating
3.4 out of 5 stars
Work fine,
By , for WP 3.7.1

This plugin is work great. It's can config for any size of videos with player. It's can work with no stretching when view in full screen (up to your config)

This plugin works for all my requirements. I use this plugin to embed .mp4 videos that I created with Camtasia Studio. It's work great!

works fine, but free version comes with a watermark
By , for WP 3.6.1

Free version comes with a big JW Player watermark, otherwise works ok.

Sweet product. Doesn't support captioning. Can't use it.
By , for WP 3.6.1

This is a gorgeous, gorgeous plugin; it works great for what it does; the interface melds seamlessly with the WordPress media interface. Even my most inexperienced users could probably manage using it successfully.

And I absolutely cannot use it, because it doesn't support closed captioning, which is non-negotiable for me, by law. (I run a site for a U.S. federal government research lab.)

If you have to have closed captioning (and really, if you're building sites for the general public and you don't want to slap deaf people in the face and tell them they're not welcome, you *should* use closed captioning -- it's a mensch thing, you know?), keep shopping. This one won't do it for you. Much to my endless, boundless regret. *sigh*

Big disappointment
By , for WP 3.6

Version 2.x is a major update to the plugin which has removed certain functionalities that are not supported any more in JW Player 6. These functionalities made JW Player 5 far superior to JW Player 6 for the one-website-non-commercial user.

After extensive testing with 2.1.1 I haven't been able to implement Jw6 on my site the way I could with 1.7.2 using JW5. It is much more difficult to customise skins for playlists and has less player setting options.

With all versions of JW6 they've introduced a JW player text link if you right-click on any video. To remove it you have to manually add some tags to each of your WordPress shortcodes. Upgrading from version 5 means going back on all previous videos for the past couple of years and adding these tags if you want to remove the JW link.

It also depends on what type of user you are. There is an obvious move away from users who simply want a one-website-self-hosted video player. It's fine to move towards analytics, encoding and hosting if you don't
leave behind your one-website non-commercial user. Jeroen from longtailvideo states in another post that "basic video playback of an MP4 will become straightforward as HTML5 gains full adoption". That may be true but I, for one, was a loyal user of JW and wouldn't have even considered looking for an alternative until JW6.

As Morten Ross says in his review above the plugin is expensive as a premium version and the pricing structure has also changed which is another big disappointment. The May survey of customers on pricing was totally slanted towards an SaaS hosting content model with pricing based on a set number of site and monthly plays. This is another reason
why I will be keeping abreast of other players for when it's eventually time to move on from JW5.

Some features which were "deprecated" in JW5 are being re-introduced such as horizontal volume sliders and <enclosure> but all-in-all version 2.x (up to 2.1.1 when this review was posted) of this plugin imcorporating JW6 is a huge disappointment and a step backward for me.

RTMP live channel
By , for WP 3.5.1

rtmp://$OPT:rtmp-raw=rtmp://aljazeeraflashlivefs.fplive.net/aljazeeraflashlive-live//aljazeera_misr_high live=1

sir I have RTMP links like this link up for channels and I want to put it on my
wordpress jw player and this link is working well but,when I try it on the


it doesn't work why and that is what I want to know
how to put rtmp for live chanels on my wordpress???

Thanks for a good, free plugin.
By , for WP 3.5.1

This company supplies a full featured video player, with personal support, for free. I have been pleased with this plugin, and have received timely support from longtail as needed.

Good job longtail teem. Keep doing what you're doing.


Does not work
By , for WP 3.5.1

Videos are vanishing after a while, only the short code of the player is visible on the page!

Stay away from their adsolution! Porn!
By , for WP 3.5.1

I've been using these guys for a while now. Recently I upgraded my phone and didn't have my adblocker turned on. I visited my website and all of a sudden I'm seeing porn! I refresh a few times and don't see it again. But all of a sudden the Google Play store opens up automatically to a game page! WTF?!?!

I contacted the developer about this issue, and they setup a test ad for me because they couldn't recreate it on my site and blamed another ad provider. Well, after about a day of refreshing on THEIR site I got both of the annoying and inappropriate popups!

They said that there is nothing that they could do about it and suggested I should look for another adsolution!

Stay away!

not work
By , for WP 3.5

not work with my website links.

Glitch when inserting images since upgrading
By , for WP 3.4.2

Since upgrading to JWPlayer 6 if authors attempt to insert an image into a post, it results in an empty shortcode [jwplayer] being inserted. When I reverted back to JWPlayer 5 it worked normally again.

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