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Is there a way to rewrite


to something smaller?

or is there a way to change this into


What can i do?


i've tried with something like this:

header('Content-type: application/x-shockwave-flash');
header('Content-Length: ' . filesize($file));
header('Connection: close');
$video_id = $_REQUEST['id'];
$content = readfile("http://localhost/embed/player.swf?file=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=$video_id");
echo $content;

but it is mot working.

what i am doing wrong?

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Try something like the following in the .htaccess file (create it if it doesn't already exist) in your website's root directory:

RewriteRule ^embed/player.swf?file=([0-9a-zA-Z0-9]+) embed/player.swf?file=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=$1 [L]
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Note that this internally rewrites the "short" URL back to the "long" URL. The "long" URL still needs to be changed to the "short" URL in the application itself. – w3dk Dec 10 '15 at 12:12

it should be possible with either method; I'll post a possible PHP solution.


This is a very simplified solution, so you would still have to handle filtering your input, escaping output, and empty IDs if you wanted to use it in a production environment.

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is there anybody knowing how to resolve this problem? – m3tsys Mar 7 '11 at 12:02

Try the simple and easy solution no need to specify headers

<?php if ($_REQUEST['id']): ?> // youtube video id

<iframe class="youtube-player" type="text/html" width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/<?php echo $_REQUEST['id']; ?>" frameborder="0">

<?php endif; ?>
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Very strange, to come up with an IFRAME, if someone asks for a mod_rewrite solution. – feeela Jul 5 '11 at 11:57

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