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I am having a problem playing a video. Here is my example code

import AVKit
import SwiftUI

struct ContentView: View {
    var body: some View {
        VideoPlayer(player: AVPlayer(url: URL(string: "")!))

When the program runs, I just get the video controls shown, but a blank video. Some other videos play OK. Any ideas? My iPhone is running 14.0


@twostraws  Site AdminHWS+

I'm not sure you're able to embed YouTube videos like that – IIRC they serve them up in a format iOS doesn't support without special permissions from Apple. Perhaps try a direct MP4 link first and see if that's better.


the problem is that I get the URL from this API call


could i perhaps embed a web browser control and play a video inside that?


Yes I tried with local m4v files, its showing black screen. Tried mp4 file it shows the video thumbnail but no controls, does not play. A remote url works but not youtube video. I need to play local m4v files. Also how to programmatically play the video in swiftUI and also add flag overlays as this is a test.


could i perhaps embed a web browser control and play a video inside that?


Sure, the WKWebView will work great. I dont think you could play that YT link natively without trying to get link to the underling files...


Sorry for the late reply, but Giles Van Gruisen has created a WKWebView YouTube player (, which you can utilize in your SwiftUI project following this guide by Miko Lukasik


Would it be possible to implement something like this in macOS? If so, how hard would it be to convert it?


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