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    Pre-release Player

    In this topic, you will learn how to create a player that is always on the latest pre-release version.

    Why a pre-release player?

    You may wish to frequently test against the latest version of Brightcove Player, including the pre-releases. This document shows you how to configure a player that will be updated every time a new pre-release is available. By setting the "version_alias": "prerelease" configuration option you can be sure this player will always have the latest prerelease version.

    In the Studio's PLAYERS module you can set a player to use always be on the latest pre-release:

    Set version alias in Studio

    How it works

    Whenever a new prerelease version is released for the current major version, the Player Management API republishes all players that have the prerelease version alias on their master branch.

    Creating a pre-release player with an API

    The following curl statement creates a player using the Player Management API to always use the latest pre-release :

      curl \
        --header "Content-Type: application/json" \
        --user $EMAIL \
        --request POST \
        --data '{
            "name": "Player",
            "configuration": {
              "player": {
                "template": {
                  "name": "single-video-template",
                  "version_alias": "prerelease"
          }' \

    Example configuration

    Following is a player that has been configured to use "version_alias": "prerelease". In this case, the latest pre-release was version 6.23.0.

        "account_id": "1507807800001",
        "compatibility": true,
        "embed_id": "default",
        "player": {
          "template": {
            "name": "single-video-template",
            "version": "6.23.0",
            "version_alias": "prerelease"
        "player_id": "ipKAiobF4S",
        "player_name": "test for \"version_alias\": \"prerelease\"",
        "updated_at": "2018-08-30T19:51:41.813Z",
        "video_cloud": {
          "policy_key": "BCpkADaw...lB71l9h"

    Page last updated on 19 Jun 2021