oEmbed is nice. Unfortunately, not everything supports oEmbed. Worse, the sites that do support it don't provide a consistent interface. Noembed provides a single url to get embeddable content from a large list of sites, even sites without oEmbed support!
Additionally, Noembed guarantees that all responses will have html, title, url, and provider_name fields. This means fewer special cases spent building up your own HTML.
A simple demo is available here.
Treat Noembed like a regular oEmbed provider, but use any of the supported sites for the url parameter. Noembed also supports a callback parameter for JSONP.
An example request might look like this:
And the response will look like:
"width" : 425,
"author_name" : "schmoyoho",
"author_url" : "http://www.youtube.com/user/schmoyoho",
"version" : "1.0",
"provider_url" : "http://www.youtube.com/",
"provider_name" : "YouTube",
"thumbnail_width" : 480,
"thumbnail_url" : "http://i3.ytimg.com/vi/bDOYN-6gdRE/hqdefault.jpg",
"height" : 344,
"thumbnail_height" : 360,
"html" : "",
"url" : "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDOYN-6gdRE",
"type" : "rich",
"title" : "Auto-Tune the News #8: dragons. geese. Michael Vick. (ft. T-Pain)"
Note: Chrome now blocks insecure scripts from loading on secure sites. So, when using Noembed with JSONP on an https site be sure to use https://noembed.com/embed.
iTunes Movie Trailers
ASCII Art Farts
Existing oEmbed Sites
Funny or Die
The /providers endpoint
Noembed provides an endpoint that returns the current list of supported sites. The response is a JSON list with the site name and URL patterns. This can be used to automate testing if a URL is supported by Noembed without making an HTTP request.
Who is using Noembed?
Let us know if you're using noembed in your project!
Alice – web-based IRC client
StatusNet – private social network
MetroTwit – Windows Twitter client
Reddit Enhancement Suite
All the source code for Noembed is on github. Patches are accepted to add new services.
Oohembed was a very similar service. It even acts as a gateway to non-oEmbed enabled sites like noembed. The main limitation that I encountered was its lack of a guaranteed html field.
embed.ly. I have not tried this service, but it lists support for hundreds of sites. Unfortunately, you can not add your own providers, so you are limited to what they support. Oohembed users are now redirected to embed.ly.
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