How to get a thumbnail for a YouTube video

I find myself posting YouTube videos on my blog very frequently (though less as of lately than normal). One of the hardest things for me has been getting a good featured image to use for the post. YouTube provides a bunch of thumbnails, but I need to look up the URL structure every time I want to get an image.

The structure is as follows:


Where the # represents the YouTube video ID.


You can increment the 0 for a few smaller images, but 0 represents the main thumbnail.

I wrote a Chrome extension called YouTube Image Previews to take care of this easier for me. I shared it in the app store if you find it useful.

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