Custom Skins

Customizing JW Player is made easier with JW Player 7's updated CSS-based skinning model. Gone are the days of JW6's XML and base64 images. Here to stay is dynamic, customizable CSS. For information regarding our own complimentary skins, please see Using JW Player Skins. For more advanced users, the below page will explain how to create your own custom skin, and load it into your JW Player.

Creating your Style

First you will need to give your custom skin a name, which will be used to enable it within a player. The given name will be added into the jwplayer element and can be used to overwrite styles. The actual skin name should be appeneded to the .jw-skin- prefix. Our below example is altering our display icon container, and is going to be called myskin:

.jwplayer.jw-skin-myskin .jw-display-icon-container {
    border-style: solid;
    border-width: medium;
    border-radius: 50%;

Loading a custom skin will replace all elements with our basic core skin unless they are explicitly styled. Because of this, we suggest using an existing skin as a starting point for your CSS skinning needs.

Upon embedding the player, you must ensure to set your "skin" configuration option to the name specified in your skin. Read more in our configuration options reference

Implementing your CSS

There are currently two options to implement the above CSS modifications with JW7. One of these methods is much preferred to maintain optimal rendering performance:

Option 1: Referencing the CSS on the page itself (Best Practice)

Directly embedding your CSS allows for your styles to load at the same time as your page. If we've placed the above CSS into a file (Which we'll call myskinfile.css), we can reference our .css file by placing the following in our HTML page's head:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="//"> </link>

Once the above is loaded, your player configuration will still need to reference the style appended to .jw-skin- within the configuration. In this case, we've called this myskin

    "skin": {
    "name": "myskin"

Option 2: Configuring the CSS URL within skin.url

It is possible to reference your CSS file's url within the skin block of your JW Player embed. This is less preferred, as it requires the player to load your CSS file during setup. Because of this, the rendering of your player may slow down.

    "skin" : {
    "name": "myskin"

Due to possibly impacting rendering speed, option 2 should only be used if you do not have access to the HTML on the page where your player will be rendered.

Advanced Skinning

For advanced skin customization, we suggest editing a premade skin and then rebuilding it. The first time you do this, you will need to install LESS. Afterwards you will be able to build a skin by navigating to jwplayer/src/css and running the command:

lessc jwplayer.less > output.css

For a complete list of class names that are able to be overridden see CSS Skin Classes, please see our CSS Skin Reference.