A React-based web video player

A React-based web video player

A React-based web video player.

A React-based Web video player

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  • Streaming: Griffith makes streaming easy. Whether your video format is mp4 or hls, Griffith can use Media Source Extension (MSE) for segment loading.
  • Extensibility: Griffith makes it simple to support video features in React apps. It also supports the UMD (Universal Module Definition) patterns for direct use in the browser if your application is not based on React.
  • Reliability: Griffith has been widely used in the web and mobile web of Zhihu.


React application

yarn add griffith
import Player from 'griffith'

const sources = {
  hd: {
    play_url: 'https://zhstatic.zhihu.com/cfe/griffith/zhihu2018_hd.mp4',
  sd: {
    play_url: 'https://zhstatic.zhihu.com/cfe/griffith/zhihu2018_sd.mp4',

render(<Player sources={sources} />)

Detailed usage

Note: Griffith is not supporting SSR application

non-React application

<script src="https://unpkg.com/griffith-standalone/dist/index.umd.min.js"></script>
const sources = {
  hd: {
    play_url: 'https://zhstatic.zhihu.com/cfe/griffith/zhihu2018_hd.mp4',
  sd: {
    play_url: 'https://zhstatic.zhihu.com/cfe/griffith/zhihu2018_sd.mp4',


Standalone mode detailed usage

Project Structure

Griffith is a Monorepo and uses Yarn workspace and Lerna.


  • packages/griffith: The core library


  • packages/griffith-message: Helpers for cross-window message
  • packages/griffith-utils: Utilities



  • example: example and demos
  • packages/griffith-standalone: A UMD build that can be used without React or Webpack

Custom Build

Build tools like webpack include griffith-mp4 and packages/griffith-hls by default. You can make your bundle smaller by excluding a plugin with build-time globals.

If you use webpack, do so with DefinePlugin:

const {DefinePlugin} = require('webpack')

module.exports = {
  plugins: [
    new DefinePlugin({
      __WITHOUT_HLSJS__: JSON.stringify(true), // excludes griffith-hls
      __WITHOUT_MP4__: JSON.stringify(true), // excludes griffith-mp4

Note that without griffith-mp4 / griffith-hls Griffith can no longer play MP4 / HLS media unless the browser supports it natively.


Read below to learn how you can take part in improving Griffith.

Contributing Guide

Read our contributing guide to learn about our development process, how to propose bugfixes and improvements, and how to build and test your changes to Griffith.




Github Repository

Tags: #React #Video