Fast-forwarding Videos with Javascript

Ian Fox published on
5 min, 811 words

Maybe you're like me and you have ADHD, and are allergic to watching videos at normal speed. Maybe you're looking to fast-forward through videos for some other reason. YouTube has options for 0.25x to 2x in increments of 0.25. But sometimes you want to go faster than that, or maybe you're watching on a different site that doesn't have those controls exposed.

There are probably browser extensions that do this, but it's pretty simple to implement ourselves. As a bonus it means you don't have to trust a random browser extension, in case you're paranoid like I am!

If you don't care about how this works or how you can explore stuff like this and just want to know what code to copy/paste to get these bookmarklets, skip to the end here.

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