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Can I embed content (like Youtube, Slide Share, Googlemaps) into a topic?
Can I embed content (like Youtube, Slide Share, Googlemaps) into a topic?

How to embed third-party external content like Youtube, Vimeo, Wikipedia, Slide Share, Prezi, Flicker, GoogleMaps, Typeform or Soundcloud.

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Written by Lou Monsour
Updated over a week ago

Creators can use the Embed element to embed allowed external content into a Tribal Habits topic or article. That content will then be displayed in the topic or article, often in an interactive way.

Important! Not all URLs can be embedded. Please refer to the FAQs below if you are finding that your selected URL is not embedding correct.

Note: To add videos that are not hosted on an external website such as YouTube or VIMEO (typically in MP4 or similar formats) directly to your topic or article, use the Video element.

Expand the sections below to learn more.

Steps to embed content into a course

Add the element to your topic or article by selecting the 'Embed' option in the Content box, then follow these steps:

  1. Type or paste in the URL of the content you want to embed, ensuring the URL supports embedding.

  2. Click Save.

Note: If your URL does not support embedding, the content will not appear. If it does, you will be able to see the embedded content immediately after saving your Embed element.

Video demonstration

The video below provides a brief overview of the Embed element. Please note, certain aspects of the UI may have changed since the video was recorded.


Below is a list of commonly asked questions. Expand each for details.

What content can be embedded?

Many, but not all, URLs can be embedded. The embed element resolves your URLs and gives you a rich media experience.

  • Media (like videos or audio) are displayed with a player.

  • Interactions (like surveys or slides) are displayed 'as is' including their interactions.

  • Files (like links to GoogleDocs) are displayed as richly formatted links.

  • Websites (like Wikipedia or news articles) are displayed as formatted cards.

There are too many URLs and sites for us to test personally, but we have tested many of the most popular sites including...

  • You Tube

  • Vimeo

  • Wistia

  • TED Talks

  • Wikipedia

  • Medium

  • Direct links to PDF files

  • Slide Share

  • Prezi

  • Flicker

  • Tenor

  • Google Maps

  • Typeform

  • Soundcloud

Tips for embedding videos from Sharepoint

It's not recommended, but it may be possible to add your Sharepoint video to Tribal Habits using the embed element. We do recommend though that you upload the video into Tribal Habits directly (instead of embedding from Sharepoint).

  • If you have the right permissions set on the video, you can click on the </> Embed code option in Sharepoint

  • Then copy the text between the first quote marks, and paste that into your embed element in Tribal Habits.

What if my URL is not embedding properly?

โ€‹So not every URL will work with the embed element. The URL must allow embedding and resolve to content which can be embedded.

Your URL or link needs to...

  • Allow embedding. Some sites prevent this option.

  • Resolve to content that can be embedded. Some sites simply don't work through embedding.

  • Be public. If you link to a URL that requires credentials to be viewed (via a login page), it probably won't embed. It might work for you in testing, since you may be logged into that site in another browser, but won't work for anyone else.

  • Meet your organisation's IT permissions. For example, if your organisation blocks YouTube, then any embedded Youtube content in Tribal Habits will also be blocked.

  • Be available! If you embed a URL or link that no longer exists, your embed will also no longer exist. An embed is just a link - we don't copy content into Tribal Habits.

  • Be a 'clean' URL. If your URL is not working, check if it has anything appended to it. For example if your URL is, you might need to remove the '#text' component for the embed to work. In this example, the '#text' part of the URL is used to link to a placeholder on the page, which doesn't work in embedding.

  • Ideally, embedding an 'item' (like a video, map, survey, podcast) will typically work better than trying to simply embed an entire webpage.

How can I test if a link will work?

We integrate with a third-party platform called iFramely. They have a page you can test your URL with at

If your URL works on that page, it should work with the embed element in Tribal Habits.

If not, please contact support (and provide the URL you are trying to embed) and we can examine it further for you.

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