What are the best HTML5 video players?

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    #1JW Player

    JW Player

    JW Player is the first ever HTML5 web player, with over a billion unique users the world over. It supports monetization for ad-supported videos and provides engagement analytics.

    Software

    Windows

    Varies by plan

    Keith Walsh
    Written on August 17, 2018
    "I've been using JW Player for a couple of years now and I have yet to experience anything bad about it that would make me use another HTML5 player. And it's so cheap! To small creators like me, a product of this caliber at $5 a year is a godsend."
  2. 10

    #2Video.js

    Video.js

    Video.js: The Player Framework is a free and open source web player. It supports videos in HTML5 and Flash, and has plugins for YouTube and Vimeo content. It is used in more than 400,000 websites.

    Software

    Other Platform

    Free

    Ai Dai
    Written on August 17, 2018
    "Video.js has the best player interface I've seen on an HTML5 media player. It's really sleek without compromising on the symbols for various features. For people more techie than me who know how to use programming languages, customization would probably be easy peasy. But personally, I'm already happy as a clam with the default skin."
  3. 6

    #3Elite Video Player

    Elite Video Player

    Elite Video Player is an HTML5 video player for Wordpress that supports video playback for videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, and MP4 file formats. It works on all browsers and across all devices.

    Software

    Android, iOS, Windows

    $28

    Mariana Leal
    Written on August 17, 2018
    "Elite is a bit clunky looking, but functionality-wise it's amazing. You get all the usual features you'd expexct on a video player plus a bunch of other things like importing whole YouTube playlists. It even works with GIFs, which I love, since I post mostly GIFs on my blog than videos anyway."
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    #4Ultimate Video Player

    Ultimate Video Player

    Ultimate Video Player is an HTML5 video and audio player that supports playback for MP3 and MP4 videos, YouTube and Vimeo videos, live streaming videos, and 360° VR videos. It is customizable and also comes with preset skins.


    Software

    Windows

    $36

    Agustín Figueroa
    Written on August 17, 2018
    "I scoured the net for an HTML5 video player that also plays 360 degree videos and I was so happy when i finally found Ultimate. It's honestly so much more than a video player because you can incorporate ads and get analytics from it. You can even password protect your videos, which to me was a completely welcome surprise. Comes with a lot of preset skins, but fully customizable too."
  2. 5

    #5Afterglow Player

    Afterglow Player

    Afterglow Player is an open source HTML5 video player that is compatible with most browsers and mobile devices. It supports video playback for YouTube and Vimeo videos and has a fully responsive player interface.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Vivaan Jhadav
    Written on August 17, 2018
    "I use Afterglow because of the lightbox feature. It takes up almost all of the screen (still comes with a full screen option, of course). This makes it so easy to make your audience focus on actually watching the video instead of looking at other elements in the screen. It's responsive too, so you don't need to worry about how your video will look in different screen sizes because Afterglow adapts really well."
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    #6Plyr

    Plyr

    Plyr is an open source media player that supports playback for HTML5 video and audio as well as videos hosted on YouTube and Vimeo. It is a fully customizable player that adapts to any screen size.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Harini Trivedi
    Written on August 17, 2018
    "For me, Plyr is the best HTML5 video player out there. Okay, it might not be the fastest, but it's definitely the best looking one out there. It has everything I need from speed controls and captions to monetization and customization, AND it works with most browsers. The fact that it's free is just icing on the cake at this point."
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    #7jPLayer

    jPLayer

    jPlayer is an open source HTML5 and Flash video player that supports audio and video playback across most platforms and browsers. At just 14KB, it is lightweight and fully customizable. 

    Software

    Windows, Android, iOS, Mac

    Free

    Dylan Harvey
    Written on August 17, 2018
    "JPLayer is so versatile for a plugin. It comes with a lot of interfaces, depending on what you need it for. There's the normal video player, then the video playlist player, a tiny, minimalist bar of an audio player or if you want just a play button you can have that too. So nice to have options."
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    #8Universal Video Player

    Universal Video Player

    Universal Video Player is a HTML5 plugin for Wordpress that supports video playback for YouTube and Vimeo videos, as well as self-hosted MP4 and WEBM files. It adapts to any screen size and is compatible with major browsers.

    Software

    Windows

    $20

    Lu Gong
    Written on August 17, 2018
    "I use UNiversal for my WordPress blog because it integrates sharing to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Makes it uber convenient for my audience to grow, just as long as I continue to produce content that my viewers want to share with their friends. I'm not very knowledgeable in HTML5 programming or whatever, so it's really helpful that the developers put up a video tutorial for dummies like me on how to install and customize it and stuff."

Summary

Best What are the best HTML5 video players
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1JW PlayerSoftware 10 Paid
2Video.jsSoftware 10 Free
3Elite Video PlayerSoftware 6 Paid
4Ultimate Video PlayerSoftware 5 Paid
5Afterglow PlayerSoftware 5 Free
6PlyrSoftware 3 Free
7jPLayerSoftware 2 Free
8Universal Video PlayerSoftware 1 Paid
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