Frequently Asked Questions


What's the latest version of the API?

The latest version of the API that this document addresses is v3.

Can I retrieve performance data using this API?

No. Use the Bid Manager API to create, retrieve, and run Display & Video 360 offline reports.

Use the API

What URL do I use to access the API?

What methods of authentication are supported?

OAuth 2.0 is the only supported method of authentication.

Display & Video 360 API requests must be authorized for the following scope:


Requests to the users service must also be authorized for the following additional scope:


I want to write code. Where can I find client libraries?

Refer to the client library guide.

What if I don't want to use a client library?

We recommend that you use one of our client libraries but you can also interact with the Display & Video 360 API using direct HTTP requests.

Some more involved methods, such as advertisers.assets.upload and media.upload, are harder to translate directly to HTTP requests. See examples of HTTP requests to these methods using cURL on our Creative and Custom Bidding guides.

What Display & Video 360 permissions do I need?

In order to use the Display & Video 360 API, the authenticating Google Account must be a Display & Video 360 user with access to relevant partners or advertisers.

The Display & Video 360 user must have one of the following user roles for the relevant partners or advertisers to do the following actions:

  • Read only: Retrieve resources using get or list calls, excluding user resources.
  • Standard: Retrieve, create, and update resources. Retrieve user resources with permissions to the same partners or advertisers.
  • Admin: Retrieve, create, and update resources. Retrieve, create and grant access to user resources for the partners or advertisers you administrate.

How do I update YouTube & Partners resources using the API?

The Display & Video 360 API does not support creating or updating YouTube & Partners resources. Create or update YouTube & Partners resources in bulk by uploading Structured Data Files (SDF) in the Display & Video 360 interface. For more details on how to use SDF upload, read our guide page about YouTube & Partners resources.

How do I target geographic locations?

Geographic targeting can be assigned to line items using the following targeting types:


Retrieve targeting option IDs for the first three targeting types using Retrieve and manage location list resources using the advertisers.locationLists service.

In addition, you can also build a TARGETING_TYPE_POI targeting option ID to directly target a proximity radius around specific latitude-longitude coordinates.

I see that I can download Structured Data Files (SDFs) using the API, but how do I upload them?

The Display & Video 360 API does not support SDF upload. We recommend managing resources through CREATE, PATCH, and DELETE methods provided by the API instead. If you still want to manage resources using SDFs, those files can be updated in the Display & Video 360 interface.


Does the API have any known issues or limitations?

There are limits on the number of requests your project can make per second, which are outlined in our usage limits guide.