Note: The first method outlined below is not working anymore. Both the autoplay and loop parameters stopped working some time ago and cannot be used anymore. The scripts listed below are also not working anymore. What is still working is the Chrome extension Looper which adds the functionality to the Google browser.
The video portal YouTube does not offer any means to loop or repeat videos automatically. There are however a few possible solutions for users who want to loop a video at YouTube.
The first option requires basic knowledge about YouTube's url structure especially the unique video code that is part of every url. It is possible to change the url of the YouTube video so that it will loop and autoplay automatically. Here is how you can do that manually:
A normal YouTube url looks like the following
You can turn this into a replaying and autoplaying video url by appending the parameters loop=1 and autoplay=1 to the url and changing the url slightly so that it looks like this afterwards
This will open the YouTube video in fullscreen in the web browser, play it automatically and loop it infinitely.
The manual solution to loop YouTube videos is fine if it is only used scarcely. Users who want to loop YouTube videos regularly might want to consider an automated option like the Youtube HD Ultimate userscript which comes with the functionality to automatically loop YouTube videos. Other userscripts are available that offer a similar functionality.
Update: Check out our 4 popular Youtube userscripts review which looks at four of the best scripts that modify the video hosting site to your liking.
At least two of the scripts let you loop the videos on the site. Especially Better Loopy for YouTube is noteworthy in this regard, as it not only lets you replay YouTube videos for as long as you like, but also select a specific part of the video that you can loop instead of the complete video. This in itself is pretty useful and goes beyond what's offered by the manual method and the userscript linked in this article.
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