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Channels

A channel resource contains information about a YouTube channel.

Methods

The API supports the following methods for channels resources:

list
Returns a collection of zero or more channel resources that match the request criteria. Try it now.
update
Updates a channel's metadata. Note that this method currently only supports updates to the channel resource's brandingSettings and invideoPromotion objects and their child properties. Try it now.

Resource representation

The JSON structure below shows the format of a channels resource:

{
  "kind": "youtube#channel",
  "etag": etag,
  "id": string,
  "snippet": {
    "title": string,
    "description": string,
    "publishedAt": datetime,
    "thumbnails": {
      (key): {
        "url": string,
        "width": unsigned integer,
        "height": unsigned integer
      }
    },
    "country": string
  },
  "contentDetails": {
    "relatedPlaylists": {
      "likes": string,
      "favorites": string,
      "uploads": string,
      "watchHistory": string,
      "watchLater": string
    },
    "googlePlusUserId": string
  },
  "statistics": {
    "viewCount": unsigned long,
    "commentCount": unsigned long,
    "subscriberCount": unsigned long,
    "hiddenSubscriberCount": boolean,
    "videoCount": unsigned long
  },
  "topicDetails": {
    "topicIds": [
      string
    ]
  },
  "status": {
    "privacyStatus": string,
    "isLinked": boolean,
    "longUploadsStatus": string
  },
  "brandingSettings": {
    "channel": {
      "title": string,
      "description": string,
      "keywords": string,
      "defaultTab": string,
      "trackingAnalyticsAccountId": string,
      "moderateComments": boolean,
      "showRelatedChannels": boolean,
      "showBrowseView": boolean,
      "featuredChannelsTitle": string,
      "featuredChannelsUrls": [
        string
      ],
      "unsubscribedTrailer": string,
      "profileColor": string,
      "country": string
    },
    "watch": {
      "textColor": string,
      "backgroundColor": string,
      "featuredPlaylistId": string
    },
    "image": {
      "bannerImageUrl": string,
      "bannerMobileImageUrl": string,
      "watchIconImageUrl": string,
      "trackingImageUrl": string,
      "bannerTabletLowImageUrl": string,
      "bannerTabletImageUrl": string,
      "bannerTabletHdImageUrl": string,
      "bannerTabletExtraHdImageUrl": string,
      "bannerMobileLowImageUrl": string,
      "bannerMobileMediumHdImageUrl": string,
      "bannerMobileHdImageUrl": string,
      "bannerMobileExtraHdImageUrl": string,
      "bannerTvImageUrl": string,
      "bannerTvLowImageUrl": string,
      "bannerTvMediumImageUrl": string,
      "bannerTvHighImageUrl": string,
      "bannerExternalUrl": string
    },
    "hints": [
      {
        "property": string,
        "value": string
      }
    ]
  },
  "invideoPromotion": {
    "defaultTiming": {
      "type": string,
      "offsetMs": unsigned long,
      "durationMs": unsigned long
    },
    "position": {
      "type": string,
      "cornerPosition": string
    },
    "items": [
      {
        "id": {
          "type": string,
          "videoId": string,
          "websiteUrl": string,
          "recentlyUploadedBy": string
        },
        "timing": {
          "type": string,
          "offsetMs": unsigned long,
          "durationMs": unsigned long
        },
        "customMessage": string,
        "promotedByContentOwner": boolean
      }
    ],
    "useSmartTiming": boolean
  },
  "auditDetails": {
    "overallGoodStanding": boolean,
    "communityGuidelinesGoodStanding": boolean,
    "copyrightStrikesGoodStanding": boolean,
    "contentIdClaimsGoodStanding": boolean
  },
  "contentOwnerDetails": {
    "contentOwner": string,
    "timeLinked": datetime
  }
}

Properties

The following table defines the properties that appear in this resource:

Properties
kind string
Identifies the API resource's type. The value will be youtube#channel.
etag etag
The Etag of this resource.
id string
The ID that YouTube uses to uniquely identify the channel.
snippet object
The snippet object contains basic details about the channel, such as its title, description, and thumbnail images.
snippet.title string
The channel's title.
snippet.description string
The channel's description. The property's value has a maximum length of 1000 characters.
snippet.publishedAt datetime
The date and time that the channel was created. The value is specified in ISO 8601 (YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ss.sZ) format.
snippet.thumbnails object
A map of thumbnail images associated with the channel. For each object in the map, the key is the name of the thumbnail image, and the value is an object that contains other information about the thumbnail.
snippet.thumbnails.(key) object
Valid key values are:
  • default – The default thumbnail image for this resource. The default thumbnail for a video – or a resource that refers to a video, such as a playlist item or search result – is 120px wide and 90px tall. The default thumbnail for a channel is 88px wide and 88px tall.
  • medium – A higher resolution version of the thumbnail image. For a video (or a resource that refers to a video), this image is 320px wide and 180px tall. For a channel, this image is 240px wide and 240px tall.
  • high – A high resolution version of the thumbnail image. For a video (or a resource that refers to a video), this image is 480px wide and 360px tall. For a channel, this image is 800px wide and 800px tall.
snippet.thumbnails.(key).url string
The image's URL.
snippet.thumbnails.(key).width unsigned integer
The image's width.
snippet.thumbnails.(key).height unsigned integer
The image's height.
snippet.country string
The country with which the channel is associated. To set this property's value, update the value of the brandingSettings.channel.country property.
contentDetails object
The contentDetails object encapsulates information about the channel's content.
contentDetails.relatedPlaylists object
The relatedPlaylists object is a map that identifies playlists associated with the channel, such as the channel's uploaded videos or favorite videos. You can retrieve any of these playlists using the playlists.list method.
contentDetails.relatedPlaylists.likes string
The ID of the playlist that contains the channel's liked videos. Use the playlistItems.insert and playlistItems.delete to add or remove items from that list.
contentDetails.relatedPlaylists.favorites string
The ID of the playlist that contains the channel's favorite videos. Use the playlistItems.insert and playlistItems.delete to add or remove items from that list.
contentDetails.relatedPlaylists.uploads string
The ID of the playlist that contains the channel's uploaded videos. Use the videos.insert method to upload new videos and the videos.delete method to delete previously uploaded videos.
contentDetails.relatedPlaylists.watchHistory string
The ID of the channel's watch history. Use the playlistItems.insert and playlistItems.delete to add or remove items from that list.
contentDetails.relatedPlaylists.watchLater string
The ID of channel's watch later playlist. Use the playlistItems.insert and playlistItems.delete to add or remove items from that list.
contentDetails.googlePlusUserId string
The googlePlusUserId object identifies the Google+ profile ID associated with this channel.
statistics object
The statistics object encapsulates statistics for the channel.
statistics.viewCount unsigned long
The number of times the channel has been viewed.
statistics.commentCount unsigned long
The number of comments for the channel.
statistics.subscriberCount unsigned long
The number of subscribers that the channel has.
statistics.hiddenSubscriberCount boolean
Indicates whether the channel's subscriber count is publicly visible.
statistics.videoCount unsigned long
The number of videos uploaded to the channel.
topicDetails object
The topicDetails object encapsulates information about Freebase topics associated with the channel.
topicDetails.topicIds[] list
A list of Freebase topic IDs associated with the channel. You can retrieve information about each topic using the Freebase Topic API.
status object
The status object encapsulates information about the privacy status of the channel.
status.privacyStatus string
Privacy status of the channel.

Valid values for this property are:
  • private
  • public
  • unlisted
status.isLinked boolean
Indicates whether the channel data identifies a user that is already linked to either a YouTube username or a Google+ account. A user that has one of these links already has a public YouTube identity, which is a prerequisite for several actions, such as uploading videos.
status.longUploadsStatus string
Indicates whether the channel is eligible to upload videos that are more than 15 minutes long. This property is only returned if the channel owner authorized the API request. See the YouTube Help Center for more information about this feature.

Valid values for this property are:
  • allowed – This channel can upload videos that are more than 15 minutes long.
  • disallowed – This channel is not able or eligible to upload videos that are more than 15 minutes long. A channel is only eligible to upload long videos if it is in good standing based on YouTube Community Guidelines and it does not have any worldwide Content ID blocks on its content.

    After the channel owner resolves the issues that are preventing the channel from uploading longer videos, the channel will revert to either the allowed or eligible state.
  • eligible – This channel is eligible to upload videos that are more than 15 minutes long. However, the channel owner must first enable the ability to upload longer videos at https://www.youtube.com/verify. See the YouTube Help Center for more detailed information about this feature.
brandingSettings object
The brandingSettings object encapsulates information about the branding of the channel.
brandingSettings.channel object
The channel object encapsulates branding properties of the channel page.
brandingSettings.channel.title string
The channel's title. The title has a maximum length of 30 characters.
brandingSettings.channel.description string
The channel description, which appears in the channel information box on your channel page. The property's value has a maximum length of 1000 characters.
brandingSettings.channel.keywords string
Keywords associated with your channel. The value is a comma-separated list of strings.
brandingSettings.channel.defaultTab string
The content tab that users should display by default when viewers arrive at your channel page.
brandingSettings.channel.trackingAnalyticsAccountId string
The ID for a Google Analytics account that you want to use to track and measure traffic to your channel.
brandingSettings.channel.moderateComments boolean
This setting determines whether user-submitted comments left on the channel page need to be approved by the channel owner to be publicly visible. The default value is false.
brandingSettings.channel.showRelatedChannels boolean
This setting indicates whether YouTube should show an algorithmically generated list of related channels on your channel page.
brandingSettings.channel.showBrowseView boolean
This setting indicates whether the channel page should display content in a browse or feed view. For example, the browse view might display separate sections for uploaded videos, playlists, and liked videos. The feed view, on the other hand, displays the channel's activity feed.
brandingSettings.channel.featuredChannelsTitle string
The title that displays above the featured channels module. The title has a maximum length of 30 characters.
brandingSettings.channel.featuredChannelsUrls[] list
A list of up to 100 channels that you would like to link to from the featured channels module. The property value is a list of YouTube channel ID values, each of which uniquely identifies a channel.
brandingSettings.channel.unsubscribedTrailer string
The video that should play in the featured video module in the channel page's browse view for unsubscribed viewers. Subscribed viewers may see a different video that highlights more recent channel activity.

If specified, the property's value must be the YouTube video ID of a public or unlisted video that is owned by the channel owner.
brandingSettings.channel.profileColor string
A prominent color that complements the channel's content.
brandingSettings.channel.country string
The country with which the channel is associated. Update this property to set the value of the snippet.country property.
brandingSettings.watch object
The watch object encapsulates branding properties of the watch pages for the channel's videos.
brandingSettings.watch.textColor string
The background color for the video watch page's branded area.
brandingSettings.watch.backgroundColor string
The text color for the video watch page's branded area.
brandingSettings.watch.featuredPlaylistId string
Note: This property has been deprecated. The API return an error if you attempt to set its value.
brandingSettings.image object
The image object encapsulates information about images that display on the channel's channel page or video watch pages.
brandingSettings.image.bannerImageUrl string
The URL for the banner image shown on the channel page on the YouTube website. The image is 1060px by 175px.
brandingSettings.image.bannerMobileImageUrl string
The URL for the banner image shown on the channel page in mobile applications. The image is 640px by 175px.
brandingSettings.image.watchIconImageUrl string
The URL for the image that appears above the video player. This is a 25-pixel-high image with a flexible width that cannot exceed 170 pixels. If you do not provide this image, your channel name will appear instead of an image.
brandingSettings.image.trackingImageUrl string
The URL for a 1px by 1px tracking pixel that can be used to collect statistics for views of the channel or video pages.
brandingSettings.image.bannerTabletLowImageUrl string
The URL for a low-resolution banner image that displays on the channel page in tablet applications. The image's maximum size is 1138px by 188px.
brandingSettings.image.bannerTabletImageUrl string
The URL for a banner image that displays on the channel page in tablet applications. The image is 1707px by 283px.
brandingSettings.image.bannerTabletHdImageUrl string
The URL for a high-resolution banner image that displays on the channel page in tablet applications. The image's maximum size is 2276px by 377px.
brandingSettings.image.bannerTabletExtraHdImageUrl string
The URL for an extra-high-resolution banner image that displays on the channel page in tablet applications. The image's maximum size is 2560px by 424px.
brandingSettings.image.bannerMobileLowImageUrl string
The URL for a low-resolution banner image that displays on the channel page in mobile applications. The image's maximum size is 320px by 88px.
brandingSettings.image.bannerMobileMediumHdImageUrl string
The URL for a medium-resolution banner image that displays on the channel page in mobile applications. The image's maximum size is 960px by 263px.
brandingSettings.image.bannerMobileHdImageUrl string
The URL for a high-resolution banner image that displays on the channel page in mobile applications. The image's maximum size is 1280px by 360px.
brandingSettings.image.bannerMobileExtraHdImageUrl string
The URL for a very high-resolution banner image that displays on the channel page in mobile applications. The image's maximum size is 1440px by 395px.
brandingSettings.image.bannerTvImageUrl string
The URL for an extra-high-resolution banner image that displays on the channel page in television applications. The image's maximum size is 2120px by 1192px.
brandingSettings.image.bannerTvLowImageUrl string
The URL for a low-resolution banner image that displays on the channel page in television applications. The image's maximum size is 854px by 480px.
brandingSettings.image.bannerTvMediumImageUrl string
The URL for a medium-resolution banner image that displays on the channel page in television applications. The image's maximum size is 1280px by 720px.
brandingSettings.image.bannerTvHighImageUrl string
The URL for a high-resolution banner image that displays on the channel page in television applications. The image's maximum size is 1920px by 1080px.
brandingSettings.image.bannerExternalUrl string
Note: This property is only used in channels.update requests.

This property specifies the location of the banner image that YouTube will use to generate the various banner image sizes for a channel. To obtain the URL banner image's external URL, you must first upload the channel banner image that you want to use by calling the channelBanners.insert method.
brandingSettings.hints[] list
The hints object encapsulates additional branding properties.
brandingSettings.hints[].property string
A property.
brandingSettings.hints[].value string
The property's value.
invideoPromotion object
The invideoPromotion object encapsulates information about a promotional campaign associated with the channel. A channel can use an in-video promotional campaign to display the thumbnail image of a promoted video in the video player during playback of the channel's videos.

This object can only be retrieved (or updated) by the channel's owner.
invideoPromotion.defaultTiming object
The defaultTiming object identifies the channel's default timing settings for when a promoted item will display during a video playback. These default settings can be overriden by more specific timing settings for any given promoted item.
invideoPromotion.defaultTiming.type string
The timing method that determines when the promoted item is inserted during the video playback. If the value is offsetFromStart, then the offsetMs field represents an offset from the start of the video. If the value is offsetFromEnd, then the offsetMs field represents an offset from the end of the video.
invideoPromotion.defaultTiming.offsetMs unsigned long
The time offset, specified in milliseconds, that determines when the promoted item appears during video playbacks. The type property's value determines whether the offset is measured from the start or end of the video.
invideoPromotion.defaultTiming.durationMs unsigned long
Defines the duration in milliseconds for which the promotion should be displayed. If missing, the client should use the default.
invideoPromotion.position object
The position object encapsulates information about the spatial position within the video where the promoted item will be displayed.
invideoPromotion.position.type string
The manner in which the promoted item is positioned in the video player.

Valid values for this property are:
  • corner
invideoPromotion.position.cornerPosition string
The corner of the player where the promoted item will appear.

Valid values for this property are:
  • bottomLeft
  • bottomRight
  • topLeft
  • topRight
invideoPromotion.items[] list
The list of promoted items in the order that they will display across different playbacks to the same viewer. Note that you can typically only set one promoted item for your channel. If you try to insert too many promoted items, the API will return a tooManyPromotedItems error, which has an HTTP 400 status code.
invideoPromotion.items[].id object
Identifies the promoted item.
invideoPromotion.items[].id.type string
The promoted item's type.

Valid values for this property are:
  • video
  • website
  • recentUpload
invideoPromotion.items[].id.videoId string
If the promoted item represents a video, then this value is present and identifies the YouTube ID that YouTube assigned to identify that video. This field is only present if the type property's value is video.
invideoPromotion.items[].id.websiteUrl string
If the promoted item represents a website, this field represents the url pointing to the website. This field will be present only if type has the value website.

Links can be to associated websites, merchant sites, or social networking sites. See the YouTube Help Center instructions for associated websites and merchant sites for more information about enabling links for your content.

By adding promotional links, you agree that those links will not be used to redirect traffic to unauthorized sites and that those links will comply with AdWords policies, YouTube ad policies, YouTube Community Guidelines and YouTube Terms of Service.
invideoPromotion.items[].id.recentlyUploadedBy string
If the invideoPromotion.items[].id.type property's value is recentUpload, then this field identifies the channel for which the most recently uploaded video will be promoted. By default, the channel is the same one for which the in-video promotion data is set. However, you can promote the most recently uploaded video from another channel by setting this property's value to the channel ID for that channel.
invideoPromotion.items[].timing object
The time during a video playback when the promoted item will display. These timing settings override the channel's default timing settings.
invideoPromotion.items[].timing.type string
The timing method that determines when the promoted item is inserted during the video playback. If the value is offsetFromStart, then the offsetMs field represents an offset from the start of the video. If the value is offsetFromEnd, then the offsetMs field represents an offset from the end of the video.
invideoPromotion.items[].timing.offsetMs unsigned long
The time offset, specified in milliseconds, that determines when the promoted item appears during video playbacks. The type property's value determines whether the offset is measured from the start or end of the video.
invideoPromotion.items[].timing.durationMs unsigned long
Defines the duration in milliseconds for which the promotion should be displayed. If missing, the client should use the default.
invideoPromotion.items[].customMessage string
A custom message to display for this promotion. This field is currently ignored unless the promoted item is a website. The property value has a maximum length of 40 characters.
invideoPromotion.items[].promotedByContentOwner boolean
Indicates whether the content owner's name will be shown when displaying the promotion. This field can only be set if the API request that sets the value is being made on the content owner's behalf. See the onBehalfOfContentOwner parameter for more information.
invideoPromotion.useSmartTiming boolean
Indicates whether the channel's promotional campaign uses "smart timing." This feature attempts to show promotions at a point in the video when they are more likely to be clicked and less likely to disrupt the viewing experience. This feature also picks up a single promotion to show on each video.
auditDetails object
The auditDetails object encapsulates channel data that a multichannel network (MCN) would evaluate while determining whether to accept or reject a particular channel. Note that any API request that retrieves this resource part must provide an authorization token that contains the https://www.googleapis.com/auth/youtubepartner-channel-audit scope. In addition, any token that uses that scope must be revoked when the MCN decides to accept or reject the channel or within two weeks of the date that the token was issued.
auditDetails.overallGoodStanding boolean
This field indicates whether there are any issues with the channel. Currently, this field represents the result of the logical AND operation over the communityGuidelinesGoodStanding, copyrightStrikesGoodStanding, and contentIdClaimsGoodStanding properties, meaning that this property has a value of true if all of those other properties also have a value of true. However, this property will have a value of false if any of those properties has a value of false. Note, however, that the methodology used to set this property's value is subject to change.
auditDetails.communityGuidelinesGoodStanding boolean
Indicates whether the channel respects YouTube's community guidelines.
auditDetails.copyrightStrikesGoodStanding boolean
Indicates whether the channel has any copyright strikes.
auditDetails.contentIdClaimsGoodStanding boolean
Indicates whether the channel has any unresolved claims.
contentOwnerDetails object
The contentOwnerDetails object encapsulates channel data that is relevant for YouTube Partners linked with the channel.
contentOwnerDetails.contentOwner string
The ID of the content owner linked to the channel.
contentOwnerDetails.timeLinked datetime
The date and time of when the channel was linked to the content owner. The value is specified in ISO 8601 (YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ss.sZ) format.