The goal of vembedr is to make it a little bit easier for you to embed videos into your RMarkdown documents and your Shiny apps; these services are supported:

  • YouTube
  • Vimeo
  • Box
  • Microsoft Stream

New to version 0.1.5

  • updated internal implementation to comport with latest Pandoc. (#52, thanks @jnolis!)
  • deprecated Microsoft Channel 9 (including UserR! 2016 & 2017), as Channel 9 has been moved. (#54)


You can install the latest released version from CRAN with:


or the latest development version from GitHub with:

# install.packages("devtools")


This project supports two documentation-websites, built using pkgdown:


The most useful function might be embed_url(). If the URL is from one of the supported services, it will do the right thing:



The video is not embedded in this README file as is rendered to Markdown; to see embedded videos, please see vignette("vembedr"). Each of the supported services, e.g. YouTube, is discussed in vignette("embed").

The functions are designed to be piped. For example, here’s how you can modify the appearance and the start time:

embed_url("") %>%
  use_start_time("1m32") %>%

To see these functions in action, see vignette("modify").


  • Be aware that, due to licensing issues, not all videos will play when embedded at a different site (like your HTML document).

  • The RStudio viewer will embed YouTube and Vimeo videos, but not others. Videos from all services should be rendered as you expect in a browser like Chrome.

  • Some of the formatting, e.g. rounded corners, does not render on mobile sites.

Code of Conduct

Please note that the vembedr project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By contributing to this project, you agree to abide by its terms.