How to Link to a Specific Part in a YouTube Video

Create a YouTube time link to jump to a specific place in a YouTube video

When you want to link to a specific place in a YouTube video, instead of asking people to scroll forward to a particular time, you can instead link directly to the desired location in the video by adding this information to the end of the URL.

It's easy to add a time stamp to the end of the video's URL, something you can do manually or automatically. Then, when the link is clicked and the video opens on YouTube, the video starts at the specific time you choose.

These steps pertain to desktop users only. All browsers are supported, like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge, etc.

Illustration of a person linking to a specific part of a YouTube video
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Manually Add a Time Stamp to a YouTube URL

To add a timestamp manually, open the YouTube video in your browser, then locate the URL for this video in your browser's address bar. This is the URL that shows near the top of the browser window when you're watching a video on YouTube.

Depending on the URL, there are two ways to add a timestamp to the video:

&t=1m30s or ?t=1m30s

Use the ampersand one if the URL includes a question mark, like if it ends in

watch?v=Sf5FfA1j590. Short URLs that are listed as youtu.be don't have a question mark, so those needs to use the second one above.

Here are two examples that jump to the same point in the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf5FfA1j590&t=1h10s

https://youtu.be/Sf5FfA1j590?t=1h10s

The time you choose can be anything: hours, minutes, or seconds. If the video should be started at 56 minutes in, t=56m is all you need to include. If it should be 12 minutes and 12 seconds, t=12m12s is how you'd write it. A 2-hour, 5-second timestamp can skip the minute field altogether: t=2h5s.

Add a Time Stamp Using YouTube's Share Feature

You can also add a time stamp using YouTube's sharing options.

  1. Go to YouTube in your browser.

  2. Open the video you want to share and play it or move through the timeline until you reach the exact moment you want to use in the time stamp.

  3. Stop the video.

  4. Click the Share button to open the sharing pop-up.

  5. Select the checkbox under the URL that says Start at, and optionally adjust the time if it isn't correct.

    Screenshot of Sharing screenin YouTube with timestamp URL highlighted
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  6. Copy the updated shortened URL with the time stamp appended.

  7. Share this new URL, and anyone who clicks it sees the video beginning at the time stamp you specified. For example, in The Goonies video from the previous example, the URL might look like this: https://youtu.be/5qA2s_Vh0uE?t=38s.