Play videos in the browser

What video formats does the browser support?

Yandex.Browser can open video files with the following extensions: mp4, flv, swf, avi, webm, mpg, ogv, x-m4v, wmv, m4v.

Video files with the mov and quicktime extensions are not supported.

View videos in a separate window

You can view videos in a separate browser window. For example, you can simultaneously launch an app and the accompanying video instructions. The window containing the video player will be on top of the other windows and you can move it to any other part of the screen. Videos will play even if you collapse the browser window.

Open videos in a separate window

You can create a separate video window using a special button whose location you can determine .

  1. Open online videos.
  2. Hold your cursor towards the top of the video player and click .
Disable video viewing in a separate window
  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. In the Appearance settings, disable the Allow videos to open in a new window option.

Video issues

Videos don't play; they download to my computer

If the website owner does not allow you to open files in Yandex.Browser, the file will download to your computer. To open it in the browser, drag the icon of the downloaded file that appeared to the right of the SmartBox to the browser window or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + O and select the file from your Downloads folder.

Videos don't play on a site

Try disabling Turbo mode, blocking flash data, and turning hardware acceleration on or off.

Turn off Turbo mode

Sometimes audio or video content that you are playing will interfere with Turbo mode. To turn it off:

  1. Click   → Extensions.
  2. Go to the Tools section.
  3. Turn off Turbo.

Check whether the problem persists.

Allow flash data

The browser might have an extension enabled that blocks flash banners and videos. To turn it off:

  1. Click   → Extensions.
  2. Go to the Ad blocking section.
  3. Turn off the Flash content blocking extension.

Check whether the problem persists.

Turn the hardware accelerator on or off

Try turning the hardware accelerator on or off:

  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. At the bottom of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. Go to the System section. If the Use hardware acceleration if possible option is enabled, disable it. If the Use hardware acceleration if possible option is disabled, enable it.
  4. Restart the browser to apply these changes.

Check whether the problem persists.

If your problem persists, send a message to our support staff using the feedback form.

Problems occur playing videos

If your browser displays a black screen instead of the video, the video buffers, or the image shakes when you're playing online games, try using one of these methods to solve the problem.

Change your hardware acceleration settings

Try turning the hardware accelerator on or off:

  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. At the bottom of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. Go to the System section. If the Use hardware acceleration if possible option is enabled, disable it. If the Use hardware acceleration if possible option is disabled, enable it.
  4. Restart the browser to apply these changes.

Check whether the problem persists.

Update your video-card drivers
  1. Click Start → Control panel → Device manager.
  2. Go to the Video adapters section. A list of video cards appears.
  3. Right-click on the name of your video card.
  4. In the context menu, select Update drivers.

Check whether the problem persists.

If your problem persists, send a message to our support staff using the feedback form. In the email, indicate that the drivers were updated.

Error: “Adobe Flash Player was blocked because it is outdated”

If you see the message “Adobe Flash Player was blocked because it is outdated” under the SmartBox, update Flash Player. To do this:

  1. Open the install page.
  2. Choose your operating system.
  3. Select the version of Chromium with PPAPI.
  4. Follow the installation instructions.
  5. If you have problems installing the player, send a message to the Support service using the Feedback form.

The browser doesn't support NPAPI and Unity

Yandex.Browser no longer supports the NPAPI plug-in that was used to make the Unity Web Player. This technology is outdated; Unity has also stopped supporting that plug-in.

Install the new secure version of Adobe Flash Player with PPAPI support.

Video doesn't work on Linux

Update the video codecs.
Deb-package

Install the latest version of chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra by running sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra.

Rpm-package

Download the latest version of chromium-ffmpegsumo, clicking the package name in the Download column.

Install the package by running:

sudo rpm -i <path-to-downloaded-file>/chromium-ffmpegsumo-<version-number>.rpm
Other distributives
  1. Download the latest available deb-package.
  2. Extract the libffmpeg.so file from the archive:
    #!/bin/bash
    ar -x chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra_56.0.2924.76-0ubuntu0.16.04.1268_amd64.deb
    rm chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra_56.0.2924.76-0ubuntu0.16.04.1268_amd64.deb control.tar.gz debian-binary
    tar xf data.tar.xz
    mv usr/lib/chromium-browser/libffmpeg.so 
    rm -rf usr data.tar.xz
  3. Put it in the library /opt/yandex/browser-beta/lib/libffmpeg.so.