For Joomla 3.6.2, Trying to embed video - but iframe tags and the code in it are stripped on saving

Did following 1 Check and removed iframe from prohibitor element in Tinmce editor in plugin settings

2 Check Text Filter settings - its having no restriction for super user

3 No other security tool installed other than akeeba admin tools - no such setting to disallow iframe

Checked field settings - its

<field name="n_long_description" type="editor" buttons="true" filter="safehtml" label="NEWS" description="NEWS DESCRIPTION" hint="Detail" required="true"/>

Pl advise why is iframe tag been removed on saving

  • What happens when you set filter="safehtml" to filter="raw" in you field settings xml? Commented Sep 6, 2017 at 13:03

5 Answers 5


From how to add an iframe

  1. Log into your Joomla 3 administrative dashboard In the top menu,

  2. click Extensions and then click Plug-in Manager

  3. In the left menu under Filter, click Select Type and then click editors. In the list of results, click Editor - TinyMCE.

  4. At the top of the page, click the Basic Options tab

  5. Scroll down until you find the Prohibited Elements setting: prohibited-elements

Prohibited Elements

Elements that will be cleaned from the text. Do not leave empty - if you do not want to prohibit anything enter dummy text e.g.cms

The default text is script,applet,iframe. Delete ,iframe so that the setting now reads script,applet

Click Save in the top left menu.

  • Hi - this is already tried and referred as step - 1 - Check and removed iframe from prohibitor element in Tinmce editor in plugin settings. But still when the editor saves it - the iframe code is deleted. using default tinymce
    – Ruchika
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 16:50
  • I removed iframe from tinimce prohibited elements and checked joomla filters - still have the problem!
    – vitperov
    Commented Mar 6, 2021 at 14:34

I am a big fan of the NoNumbers Sourcerer plugin. It allows you to put any type of code into articles and custom modules very easily and the free version will do what you need. There have been several times that I had done troubleshooting to same issue as you, fixed it, and then some future upgrade broke it again and I lost my code. This way protects you from that.

  • Thanks - but not interested in any additional plugin. Is there a way to add on youtube video after removing in iframe tag
    – Ruchika
    Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 12:08
  • YellowWebMonkey is right! Sourcerer is the best solution to your problem. Its something that should have been bundled with Joomla. Don't make things complicated and use Sourcerer. Its the best out there.
    – saibbyweb
    Commented Oct 30, 2016 at 6:28
  • Sourcerer adds raw code to the database, and as such is an awfully hacky and messy solution. Professional developments should not use it.
    – RichardB
    Commented Oct 30, 2016 at 12:45

COMPONENT--> JCE EDITOR--> EDITOR PROFILES--> DEFAULT-->PLUGIN PARAMETER then mark "Allow IFrames" enter image description here


Did you try use JCE editor?

Its free and you can control any tag.


  • no jce, pl advise if possible in tinymce
    – Ruchika
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 16:49

Please try to set filter="safehtml" to filter="raw" in your administrator/components fields xml.

This setting should allow html tags from the admin editor fields.

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