Show Video Ads with DFP (Beta)

In this tutorial, we’ll show how to set up Prebid to show a video ad from DFP. We’ll use the Video.js player and the AppNexus bidder, but the principles are the same across different video players and video-enabled bidders.


The code example below was built using the following libraries:

Also, you need to make sure to build Prebid.js with:

  • Support for at least one video-enabled bidder
  • Support for the dfpAdServerVideo ad server adapter, which will provide the video ad support

For example, to build with the AppNexus bidder adapter and the DFP Video ad server adapter, use the following command:

gulp build --modules=dfpAdServerVideo,appnexusBidAdapter

For more information about how to build with modules, see the Prebid.js project README.

Finally, your ad ops team needs to have set up line items in DFP following the instructions at Setting up Prebid Video in DFP.


This section will take you through the code you need to write to show video ads using Prebid.js and Video.js.

1. Create a video ad unit

First you need a video ad unit. It should look something like this. Don’t forget to add your own valid placement ID.

var videoAdUnit = {
    code: 'video',
    mediaTypes: {
        video: {
            context: 'instream',
            playerSize: [640, 480]
    bids: [{
        bidder: 'appnexus',
        params: {
            placementId: 13232361,
            video: {
                skippable: true,
                playback_methods: ['auto_play_sound_off']

2. Implement Custom Price Buckets

By default, Prebid.js caps all CPMs at $20. As a video seller, you may expect to see CPMs over $20. In order to receive those bids, you’ll need to implement custom price buckets using the setPriceGranularity method.

For instructions, see Custom Price Bucket with setPriceGranularity.

3. Request bids, build video URL

Next, we need to do the standard Prebid “add ad units and request bids” dance.

In the example below, our callback builds the video URL the player needs using the buildVideoUrl method from the DFP ad server module that we built into our copy of Prebid.js in the Prerequisites section.

For more information, see the API documentation for pbjs.adServers.dfp.buildVideoUrl. Understanding the arguments to this method is especially important if you plan to pass any custom parameters to DFP. The params key in the argument to buildVideoUrl supports all parameters from the DFP API.

pbjs.que.push(function() {

        /* Or whatever your preferred video cache URL is */
        cache: {
            url: ''

        bidsBackHandler: function(bids) {
            var videoUrl = pbjs.adServers.dfp.buildVideoUrl({
                adUnit: videoAdUnit,
                params: {
                    iu: '/19968336/prebid_cache_video_adunit'

Notes on Prebid Cache

You can show video ads even if Prebid Cache is disabled. However, there are some conditions:

  • In general, video-enabled bidders must supply either bid.vastUrl or bid.vastXml on their responses, and they may supply both.
  • If you have Prebid Cache disabled, and the bidder supplies only bid.vastXml in its bid response, pbjs.adServers.dfp.buildVideoUrl will not be able to generate a video ad tag URL from that response, and it will be dropped from the auction.
  • If options.url is passed as an argument to pbjs.adServers.dfp.buildVideoUrl:
    • If Prebid Cache is enabled, Prebid does not set the description_url field to the bid response’s bid.vastUrl. It just attaches the bid’s ad server targeting and builds the URL based on user input.
    • If Prebid Cache is disabled, Prebid sets the description_url field to the bid response’s bid.vastUrl.

4. Invoke video player on Prebid video URL

In the body of the page, the following HTML and JS will show the ad:

<div class="example-video-container">
  <video id="vid1" class="video-js vjs-default-skin vjs-big-play-centered" controls
    <source src="" type='video/mp4'/>
    <source src="" type='video/webm'/>
    <source src="" type='video/ogg'/>

  function invokeVideoPlayer(url) {
    videojs("vid1").ready(function() {
        adTagUrl: url,
        playAdAlways: true,
        verbosity: 0,
        vpaidFlashLoaderPath: "",
        autoplay: true

If you have set up your ad server line items and creatives correctly, you should see an instream pre-roll video ad followed by the oceans video from the video.js homepage.

Working Examples

Note: Prebid video is designed to work across devices and browsers. This demo has been developed and tested only for Chrome desktop, Firefox desktop, and Chrome Android; additional device/browser support is planned to be added at a later date.

Below, find links to end-to-end “working examples” integrating Prebid.js demand with various video players:

Using client-side adapters

Using Prebid Server Video

All examples in one place