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YouTube Data API - Channel Suggestions

Note: The YouTube Data API (v2) has been officially deprecated as of March 4, 2014. Please refer to our deprecation policy for more information.

A user's channel suggestions feed identifies channels that may appeal to the user. YouTube recommends channels to a user based on an algorithm that considers signals from a variety of sources that include the user's subscriptions, favorite videos, ratings, and more.

To retrieve a feed containing channel suggestions for a logged-in user, send an authorized GET request to the URL below. The request must specify your developer key.

https://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/users/default/suggestion?type=channel&inline=true

Note: This feed is only supported for authorized users who are retrieving their own channel suggestions feed.

If you set the inline parameter value to true when retrieving a channel suggestions feed, then each feed entry will include a channel entry that contains all of the metadata for that channel. The channel entry will be encapsulated inside the <content> element.

The example below shows a channel suggestions feed entry for an API request that set the inline parameter value to true.

<entry>
  <id>tag:youtube.com,2008:suggestion:rWP5WOR8y6_iEQoF2ABrgLcf2ulmIfuI_TvJyayqrPk</id>
  <updated>2012-09-19T20:47:35.421Z</updated>
  <category scheme='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#kind'
            term='http://gdata.youtube.com/schemas/2007#suggestion'/>
  <content type='application/atom+xml'>
    <entry>
      <id>tag:youtube.com,2008:channel:UC7McHNOsrUL2fRxTB_xvgRQ</id>
      <updated>2012-09-19T20:47:35.421Z</updated>
      <category scheme='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#kind'
                term='http://gdata.youtube.com/schemas/2007#channel'/>
      <title>johnnycarson</title>
      <summary>Before there was Conan... before there was Jay... there was Johnny.</summary>
      <link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml'
            href='https://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/channels/UC7McHNOsrUL2fRxTB_xvgRQ?v=2'/>
      <author>
        <name>johnnycarson</name>
        <uri>https://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/users/johnnycarson</uri>
        <yt:userId>7McHNOsrUL2fRxTB_xvgRQ</yt:userId>
      </author>
      <yt:channelStatistics videoCount='241' subscriberCount='13009'/>
      <media:thumbnail url='https://i4.ytimg.com/i/7McHNOsrUL2fRxTB_xvgRQ/1.jpg?v=c8879e'/>
      <gd:feedLink rel='http://gdata.youtube.com/schemas/2007#channel.content'
                   href='https://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/users/johnnycarson/uploads?v=2' countHint='241'/>
      <yt:channelId>UC7McHNOsrUL2fRxTB_xvgRQ</yt:channelId>
    </entry>
  </content>
  <link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml'
        href='https://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/users/andyland74/suggestion/rWP5WOR8y6_iEQoF2ABrgLcf2ulmIfuI_TvJyayqrPk?v=2'/>
  <yt:contentType>channel</yt:contentType>
</entry>
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