More about this extension

Have you ever tried searching for a video on YouTube in the midst of watching another video? It stops the current video, and changes to a new page that shows you the search results. Annoying, right?
Well not anymore; Enter YouTube SmartSearch! YouTube Instant Search on YouTube itself – no 3rd-party site required.
The extension will display search results elegantly within the same YouTube page you’re currently on and allows you to watch, queue or add a video result to a playlist with a click on a mouse.


  • Instant Search – You will see results while you type, just like in Google Instant.
  • Instant Preview – Hover over the video results for an instant video preview.
  • Customizable – Control the different aspects of searching and result display. Settings page will appear when the extension icon is clicked.
  • High performance – Results appear lightning fast.

How do you use it?

After a quick installation, just surf to YouTube ( on Google Chrome and start typing in the search bar on the top part of the page. You will start seeing results instantly. Additionally, you may choose from the search term suggestions to show more accurate results.


The extension uses only the YouTube API and does not save any information about you, your searches or watched videos.

Screenshot Examples

Suggestions Instant Search Settings

Suggestions results

Instant Search

Fully configurable

Change Log:

  • [NEW] Instant preview - mouse over the results will preview the video.
  • [NEW] Autoupdate - plugin is now set up to check for updates every time a new release is available.

Older Versions

  1. Version 1.0
    Compatible With
    Stable Builds

    Change Log:


  2. Version 1.1
    Compatible With
    Stable Builds

    Change Log:

    • [Added] Instant Search by selecting first suggestion.
    • [Added] Settings entry to choose Instant Search source (Typed text or Suggestion).
    • [Added] Website links and credits in settings page.
    • [Bug fix] No results when suggestions are closed.
    • [Bug fix] Empty results when resizing window before searching for anything.

  3. Version 1.2
    Compatible With
    Stable Builds

    Change Log:

    • Integration & Functional update due to YouTube facelift.
    • Autoscroll of results if now OFF by default.
    • New loader animation

  4. Version 1.2.1
    Compatible With
    Stable Builds

    Change Log:

    • [Fix] Video humbnails overlap
    • [Fix] Date format sometimes corrupted.
    • [Fix] "Added to playlist" badge does not show up in search results.
    • [Stability] Updated jQuery to version 1.7.1
    • Minor UI changes

  5. Version 1.2.2
    Compatible With
    Stable Builds

    Change Log:

    • Settings are now updated without reopening current YouTube page.
    • Fixed video widths

  6. Version 1.2.3
    Compatible With
    Stable Builds

    Change Log:

    • [fix] Enter key non-functional in search bar


  1. WeirdAllen says:

    Cool stuff

  2. iscream says:

    Awesome add-on!
    Works perfect and just what I needed!

  3. Gil Hart says:

    Great extention!!!
    E-dan make me an extention

  4. Quora says:

    Why isn’t YouTube(search) built in Ajax?…

    Here is an extensions that students in my Internet lab develop in order to solve this probelm

  5. Ohad says:

    Awesome extension!

  6. achiash says:

    Great extension..

  7. Morten says:

    This is a really awesome extension, definitely a must-have for YouTubers.
    Although, I advise you to remove the tick in “Instant Search”

  8. Chromium Now says:

    This is great!, I can’t see why YouTube wouldn’t have this feature by default.

  9. Daniel says:

    Just what i was looking for. Thnkx

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