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Micawber, a python library for extracting rich content from URLs


OEmbed is a simple, open API standard for embedding rich content and retrieving content metadata. The way OEmbed works is actually kind of ingenious, because the only things a consumer of the API needs to know are the location of the OEmbed endpoint, and the URL to the piece of content they want to embed.

YouTube, for example, maintains an OEmbed endpoint at youtube.com/oembed. Using the OEmbed endpoint, we can very easily retrieve the HTML for an embedded video player along with metadata about the clip:

GET https://www.youtube.com/oembed?url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nda_OSWeyn8


  "provider_url": "https://www.youtube.com/", 
  "title": "Leprechaun in Mobile, Alabama", 
  "type": "video", 
  "html": "<iframe width=\"459\" height=\"344\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/nda_OSWeyn8?feature=oembed\" frameborder=\"0\" allowfullscreen></iframe>", 
  "thumbnail_width": 480, 
  "height": 344, 
  "width": 459, 
  "version": "1.0", 
  "author_name": "botmib", 
  "thumbnail_height": 360, 
  "thumbnail_url": "https://i.ytimg.com/vi/nda_OSWeyn8/hqdefault.jpg", 
  "provider_name": "YouTube", 
  "author_url": "https://www.youtube.com/user/botmib"

The oembed spec defines four types of content along with a number of required attributes for each content type. This makes it a snap for consumers to use a single interface for handling things like:

  • youtube videos
  • flickr photos
  • hulu videos
  • slideshare decks
  • and many more