Search Class Reference

Table of Contents

  1. Constructor
  2. Methods
  3. Static methods
  4. Handling search results
    1. Result properties
  5. Troubleshooting

Constructor - produces search results by implementing the interface over the Google Video Search service. Upon completion of a search, it delivers a collection of objects. The base class is not directly used except where noted.

Constructor Description

The constructor allows you to execute searches and receive results from the Video Search service. The methods and properties described below apply to all objects that inherit from this base class. Each of those objects may supply additional interfaces as well. is implemented in the following methods, static methods, and properties:


Method Description


.clearResults() resets the searcher, clearing all of the results of the previous search. This method is implicitly called prior to executing a new search.

.clearResults() has no arguments and no return value.


.createResultHtml(result) allows the caller to either create or re-generate the .html property of the specified result, where result supplies a result object.

If the result has no .html property, this call creates one. One circumstance requiring you to create an .html property is if the caller had previously used .setNoHtmlGeneration().

.createResultHtml() has no return value.


.execute(query) initiates a new search, where query supplies the search term(s). This method populates the object with the corresponding set of results, and calls the registered .setSearchCompleteCallback handler.

In addition to standard queries, the Video Search API allows you to call specific query predicates corresponding to YouTube channels and special feeds. These predicates are as follows:

  • ytchannel:name-of-channel expression? returns video results only from the specified channel. For example, a search expression of ytchannel:BarackObamadotcom returns a collection of videos from the BarackObamadotcom YouTube channel. To perform a specific keyword search within a channel, specify the (optional) query right after the ytchannel directive. For example, to search for the query "oil" within the Barack Obama channel, specify videoSearch.execute("ytchannel:BarackObamadotcom oil").
  • ytfeed: has one of three possible values: For any of these values, you can specify a time period using the .this_week, .this_month, or .all_time qualifiers. For example, to scope results to the most-viewed "news" videos from the current week, specify videoSearch.execute("ytfeed:most_viewed.this_week news").

.execute() has no return value.


.getResultSetSize() has no arguments and returns an integer from 1–8 indicating the current result set size (which is established by .setResultSetSize(). It allows you to determine the result set size returned by the search.


.gotoPage(page) requests a specific page of search results after an initial search completes, where page supplies the page number of the results that the application wants. Numbering of results pages begins at 0, and the searcher returns the first page by default.

If you specify a page number that is out of range, or if the underlying searcher has no .cursor property, no operation is performed.

.gotoPage() has no return value.


.setNoHtmlGeneration() stops your application from generating an .html property, leaving you with only the raw properties valid in a result. This property is useful for optimizing your application, if you want to handle rendering of the results yourself.

.setNoHtmlGeneration() has no arguments and no return value.


.setQueryAddition(term) sets (or clears) an optional, additional query term that is appended to all queries flowing through the searcher, where term supplies the additional term. Applications typically use this API to provide alternative results with mild variations from the original search term.

To clear an existing query addition, call either .setQueryAddition(null) or .setQueryAddition('').

.setQueryAddition() has no return value.


.setResultOrder(orderBy) changes the order of search results, where orderBy has two possible values:

  • indicates that results should be returned in order of their relevance to the search term(s). This is the default behavior.
  • indicates that results should be returned in order of publication date.

.setResultOrder() has no return value.


.setResultSetSize(num) specifies the size of the result set, where num supplies the number of results to display per page, from 1-8.

.setResultSetSize() has no return value.

.setSearchCompleteCallback(object, method, opt_arguments?)

.setSearchCompleteCallback(object, method, opt_arguments?) registers an object and method to notify when a search completes, where:

  • object supplies an application-level object that defines the context in which to call the specified method.
  • method supplies the search completion handler function, which checks for results and appends them to HTML nodes.
  • opt_arguments allows you to optionally pass in a list of arguments, in order, to the specified method. If you choose to use opt_arguments, you must pass in a list (null is also acceptable).

    For example, if you call this method as videoSearch.setSearchCompleteCallback(handler, handler.method, [[1, 2, 3]);, then you execute handler.method(1, 2, 3); when the search completes.

In this API, the calls are asynchronous. Therefore, you can't block on the return and then use the results. Rather, you have to use a callback, which will execute a method upon the return of the results.

.setSearchCompleteCallback() has no return value.

Static methods

Static method Description

.getBranding(opt_element?, opt_orientation?)

.getBranding(opt_element?, opt_orientation?) is a static helper function that returns a "powered by Google" HTML DOM branding node to your application, and optionally attaches it to your document as the only child of the specified optional element. The purpose of this method is to ensure that your application has a simple way to comply with branding requirements.

The branding node, by default, is designed for a horizontal orientation and works well underneath a search form, above or below a collection of results, etc.

  • opt_element is an optional argument which, if supplied, specifies the HTML DOM node that will be populated with a "powered by Google" branding element.
  • opt_orientation - an optional argument which, if supplied, specifies the orientation of the branding node. Valid values include:
    • requests horizontal orientation. This is the default behavior.
    • requests vertical orientation.

.getBranding() returns a "powered by Google" HTML DOM node that you can attach or clone onto your document.

You must call .getBranding() on, not on

Warning! This API requires displaying attribution near any API input boxes and the display of results, indicating that it is "Powered by Google". If you choose not to use .getBranding(), you are obligated to provide this branding yourself.


.setOnLoadCallback(callback) is a static function that registers the specified handler function to be called once the page containing this call loads, where callback is a required function called when the containing document is loaded and the API is ready for use (e.g., after onLoad). This function is implemented on the google namespace (i.e., google.setOnLoadCallback(callback);)

.setOnLoadCallback() has no return value.

Note: Previous documentation recommended that you use the body element's onload attribute (<body onload="OnLoad()">). While this is a fine way to go when you are in complete control of the page and all code loaded by the page, this approach can cause problems with some runtimes that destroy your body.onload handler. setOnLoadCallback() does not have these problems, and therefore is the recommended method of registering a callback that calls your code when the API is fully loaded and ready for use.

Handling search results

Result objects are produced using a JSON encoding of server search requests. Consequently, we have chosen not to implement formal JavaScript objects, and instead dynamically create these objects from their serialized form.

While there is no formal implementation of the objects, they exist, and we document them as if there was a backing JavaScript implementation. The impact of all this is minimal. All that it means is that there is no named constructor. For each result, it's as if the system called new Object() and then set formal properties on that object. These properties are documented below.

Important note: Maximum number of search results

The Google Video Search API allows a maximum of 64 results on 8 pages. There is no way to get more than 64 results.

Result properties

Here are the basic properties allowing you to handle results from the Video Search API.

Property Description


If present, supplies the YouTube username of the video's author.


Supplies a brief description of the video clip.


.cursor is an optional property that is present once a search completes successfully. When present, the property specifies how an application can request additional search results for the current query term, the estimated result count, the current page, and the URL for a search results page. The property has the following structure:

  • pages[] supplies an array used by start in order to iterate through all available results. Each entry in the array is an object with the following structure:
    • start supplies the value that will be used in the &start URL argument to request a bundle of results
    • label supplies a text label associated with the entry (for example, "1", "2", "3", or "4")
  • estimatedResultCount supplies the estimated number of results that match the current query. This value will not necessarily match the similar value that is visible on the search properties.
  • currentPageIndex supplies the index into the pages array of the current set of results.
  • moreResultsUrl supplies a URL to a Google-hosted search page that contains additional search results.

Note: The Video Searcher supports a maximum of 8 result pages. When combined with subsequent requests, a maximum total of 64 results are available. It is not possible to request more than 64 results.


The approximate duration of the video, in seconds.


Indicates the type of result (for example, indicates GvideoResult).


Supplies the root of an HTML element that may be cloned and attached somewhere into the application's DOM hierarchy. We expect that this is the primary property that applications will use, typically by cloning this node and attaching it to the DOM hierarchy.

We expect applications to control styling, as well as which elements are displayed, using CSS. For instance, we expect the following fragment to be common across all applications that wish to copy and paste search results delivered through the Video Search API.

// clone the .html node from the result
var node = result.html.cloneNode(true);

// attach the node into my dom

If present, supplies the URL of the Flash version of the video, which you can play inline on your page. To play this video, simply create an <embed> element on your page using this value as the src attribute and using application/x-shockwave-flash as the type attribute. If you want the video to play right away, append &autoPlay=true to the URL.


Supplies the published date of the video (rfc-822 format).


Supplies the name of the video's publisher, typically displayed in green below the video thumbnail, similar to the treatment used for visibleUrl in other search result objects.


If present, this property supplies the rating of the video on a scale of 1 to 5.


.results[] contains an array of search result objects, one for each result. Each time a search executes, this property is cleared, and each time a search completes, the array is populated. If there are no results to report, the .length property of this array will be set to 0. Therefore, results will never be null, and you can always safely check for results.length == 0.

  • The GvideoResult object is produced by It is available in that object's .results[] array.
  • This object is indicated by a .GsearchResultClass value of


Supplies the height of the video thumbnail, in pixels.


Supplies the URL of a thumbnail image that visually represents the video.


Supplies the width of the video thumbnail, in pixels.


Supplies the title of the video result.


Supplies the page title associated with the search result, but unlike .title, this property is stripped of HTML markup (e.g., <b>, <i>, etc.).


Supplies the URL of a playable version of the video result.


If present, this property supplies a count of the number of plays for this video.


If you encounter problems with your code:

  • Look for typos. Remember that JavaScript is a case-sensitive language.
  • Use a JavaScript debugger. Google Chrome has a full set of developer tools. In Firefox, you can use the JavaScript console or the Firebug. In IE, you can use the Microsoft Script Debugger.
  • Search the discussion group. If you can't find a post that answers your question, post your question to the group along with a link to a web page that demonstrates the problem.