By default Reel stores it's settings in ExpressionEngine's database, and it is managed via its module settings page. You can also manage it's settings by adding a new array to your site's config.php file. You can add as many or as few of the following array keys as you like to the config.php file. For example, if you are not using Vimeo, you do not need to add the settings_vimeo key and value to the array.

You can't manage some settings in the database, and some settings in the config.php file. Either all settings are managed in the config.php file, or all settings are managed in the database.

$config['reel'] = [
    'settings_global' => [
        'global_width' => '360',
        'global_height' => '240',
    'settings_youtube' => [
        'user' => '',
        'api_key' => '',
        'show_on_load' => 'n', // 'y' or 'n'
    'settings_vimeo' => [
        'user' => '',
        'show_on_load' => 'n', // 'y' or 'n'
        'client_id' => '',
        'client_secret' => '',
        'client_token' => '',


If you add &reel_debug=1 to your ExpressionEngine control panel page when editing an entry that contains a Reel field, the Reel modal window will display some extra information about the requests it makes to the YouTube and Vimeo API, the operating state of the Reel field instance, and all the information from a selected video that willl be saved to the ExpressionEngine database.

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