Automatic Featured Images from Videos


When placing a YouTube or Vimeo video within the first 800 characters of a post, the thumbnail of that video will automatically be sideloaded and set as the featured image for the post as long as the post does not already have a featured image set.

In addition, after setting the video thumbnail as the featured image, an “is_video” post meta field is updated to allow for the use of conditional statements within your loop.

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From your WordPress dashboard

  1. Visit ‘Plugins > Add New’.
  2. Search for ‘Automatic Featured Images from Videos’.
  3. Activate Automatic Featured Images from Videos from your Plugins page.


  1. Download Automatic Featured Images from Videos.
  2. Upload the ‘Automatic Featured Images from Videos’ directory to your ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory.
  3. Activate Automatic Featured Images from Videos from your Plugins page.


སྤྱི་ཟླ་བཞི་པ། 9, 2021
This plugin is exactly what I need, but does nothing 🙁 I have wordpress 5.7
སྤྱི་ཟླ་བཅུ་གཅིག་པ། 1, 2018
སྤྱི་ཟླ་དགུ་པ། 30, 2018
Perfect & Simple. It crops the YouTube Videos perfectly no matter the aspect ratio. The resolution if also quite sufficient.
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Contributors & Developers

“Automatic Featured Images from Videos” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Fixed: Issues with Youtube HEAD request returning 40x errors.


  • Fixed: Extra forward slash in YouTube URLs that was causing 404 errors when trying to add to media library.


  • Added: Metabox that displays the found video URL and embed URL. Values saved as post meta.
  • Added: Pass post ID for the wds_check_if_content_contains_video filter.
  • Added: Filters that allow customization by developers to alter default values.
  • Added: BETA: Bulk processing of posts for those missing thumbnails from videos. Please report issues found.
  • Added: BETA: WP-CLI support.
  • Fixed: Modified the way the vimeo embed URL is returned.
  • Fixed: Prevent multiple instances of same found image from being uploaded to media library.


  • Added function wds_get_video_url when passed a post_id returns a video URL.
  • Added function wds_get_embed_video_url when passed a post_id returns a video URL that is embeddable.
  • Added function wds_post_has_video to check if a post_id has video.
  • Deprecated wds_set_media_as_featured_image.
  • Refactored the default save_post entry function to handle logic better.


  • Store the full video url in post meta _video_url.
  • Refactored checks for video ID.


  • Switch to using WP HTTP API functions over get_headers(). Hopefully removes potential server config conflicts.
  • Reverse originally incorrect logic in YouTube thumbnail selection based on header results.
  • Return early if saving a revision.


  • Add support for youtube short links, fixes #3


  • Fix bug with special characters in YouTube video titles
  • Fix bug where duplicate images would be uploaded and set as featured image when editing a post


  • Initial release