Upload content with API V2

Choose an approach to add your content to your JW Player account.

Not all content upload use cases are the same. Sometimes you need to upload multiple, small files from a local machine. Other times, you might be creating an application that uploads videos from a browser. This article explains several approaches to add content to your account while addressing these varied needs.


For Platform Management API v1 developers, use this article to upload your content.


When you upload content to your JW Player account, you must send a POST request with a JSON body to the media endpoint to create a media entity -- your content. The JSON body contains two top-level objects: upload and metadata.

Within the upload object, use method to define the upload approach. The method property must have one of the following values:

  • direct
  • multipart
  • fetch

For some upload approaches, additional information is included within the upload object.

Within the metadata object, you can define descriptive information (for example: title, description, author) about the media you are uploading.

    "upload": {
       "method": "direct"
    "metadata:": { 
        "author":"Joe Schmoe",
        "category": "Movies",
        "title": "Joe’s adventure",
        "duration": 6000,
        "publish_start_date": "2020-02-20T08:58:26+00:00",
        "publish_end_date": "2021-02-20T08:58:26+00:00",
        "external_id": "1231",
        "description": "Joe goes on an adventure"

Media assets must have a minimum duration of 2 seconds.

Upload Methods

JW Player provides the following methods to upload content.

ApproachFile Location & SizeAdditional Notes
Direct Single Upload via S3Location: Local machine

Best for uploading files that are 100 MB or less
Use when the media file is on the local machine

The file should be small enough that retrying the entire file upload is not an issue.
Multipart Resumable UploadLocation: Local machine

Best for uploading files that are 100MB-25GB
Use when the media file is on the local machine

The file should be large enough that retrying the entire upload is an issue. The upload needs to be paused & resumed, or upload progress needs to be reliably reported.
Fetch Upload via URLLocation: Remote

Accommodates files up to 25GB
Use when the media is hosted on another platform and your content needs to be hosted in your JW Player account


File size limitations and recommendations may increase during 2021.

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