YouTube

PlaylistItems: list

Returns a collection of playlist items that match the API request parameters. You can retrieve all of the playlist items in a specified playlist or retrieve one or more playlist items by their unique IDs. Try it now or see an example.

Request

HTTP request

GET https://www.googleapis.com/youtube/v3/playlistItems

Parameters

The table below lists the parameters that this query supports. All of the parameters listed are query parameters.

Parameter name Value Description
Required parameters
part string The part parameter specifies a comma-separated list of one or more playlistItem resource properties that the API response will include. The part names that you can include in the parameter value are id, snippet, contentDetails, and status.

If the parameter identifies a property that contains child properties, the child properties will be included in the response. For example, in a playlistItem resource, the snippet property contains numerous fields, including the title, description, position, and resourceId properties. As such, if you set part=snippet, the API response will contain all of those properties.
Filters (specify exactly one of the following parameters)
id string The id parameter specifies a comma-separated list of one or more unique playlist item IDs.
playlistId string The playlistId parameter specifies the unique ID of the playlist for which you want to retrieve playlist items. Note that even though this is an optional parameter, every request to retrieve playlist items must specify a value for either the id parameter or the playlistId parameter.
Optional parameters
maxResults unsigned integer The maxResults parameter specifies the maximum number of items that should be returned in the result set. Acceptable values are 0 to 50, inclusive. The default value is 5.
onBehalfOfContentOwner string This parameter can only be used in a properly authorized request. Note: This parameter is intended exclusively for YouTube content partners.

The onBehalfOfContentOwner parameter indicates that the request's authorization credentials identify a YouTube CMS user who is acting on behalf of the content owner specified in the parameter value. This parameter is intended for YouTube content partners that own and manage many different YouTube channels. It allows content owners to authenticate once and get access to all their video and channel data, without having to provide authentication credentials for each individual channel. The CMS account that the user authenticates with must be linked to the specified YouTube content owner.
pageToken string The pageToken parameter identifies a specific page in the result set that should be returned. In an API response, the nextPageToken and prevPageToken properties identify other pages that could be retrieved.
videoId string The videoId parameter specifies that the request should return only the playlist items that contain the specified video.

Request body

Do not provide a request body when calling this method.

Response

If successful, this method returns a response body with the following structure:

{
  "kind": "youtube#playlistItemListResponse",
  "etag": etag,
  "nextPageToken": string,
  "prevPageToken": string,
  "pageInfo": {
    "totalResults": integer,
    "resultsPerPage": integer
  },
  "items": [
    playlistItem Resource
  ]
}

Properties

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

Property name Value Description
kind string Identifies the API resource's type. The value will be youtube#playlistItemListResponse.
etag etag The Etag of this resource.
nextPageToken string The token that can be used as the value of the pageToken parameter to retrieve the next page in the result set.
prevPageToken string The token that can be used as the value of the pageToken parameter to retrieve the previous page in the result set.
pageInfo object The pageInfo object encapsulates paging information for the result set.
pageInfo.totalResults integer The total number of results in the result set.
pageInfo.resultsPerPage integer The number of results included in the API response.
items[] list A list of playlist items that match the request criteria.

Examples

Note: The code samples below may not represent all supported programming languages. See the client libraries documentation for a list of supported languages.

Go

The code sample below calls the API's playlistItems.list method to retrieve a list of videos uploaded to the channel associated with the request. The code also calls the channels.list method with the mine parameter set to true to retrieve the playlist ID that identifies the channel's uploaded videos.

This example uses the Go client library.

package main

import (
	"flag"
	"fmt"
	"log"

	"code.google.com/p/google-api-go-client/youtube/v3"
)

func main() {
	flag.Parse()

	client, err := buildOAuthHTTPClient(youtube.YoutubeReadonlyScope)
	if err != nil {
		log.Fatalf("Error building OAuth client: %v", err)
	}

	service, err := youtube.New(client)
	if err != nil {
		log.Fatalf("Error creating YouTube client: %v", err)
	}

	// Start making YouTube API calls.
	// Call the channels.list method. Set the mine parameter to true to
	// retrieve the playlist ID for uploads to the authenticated user's
	// channel.
	call := service.Channels.List("contentDetails").Mine(true)

	response, err := call.Do()
	if err != nil {
		// The channels.list method call returned an error.
		log.Fatalf("Error making API call to list channels: %v", err.Error())
	}

	for _, channel := range response.Items {
		playlistId := channel.ContentDetails.RelatedPlaylists.Uploads
		// Print the playlist ID for the list of uploaded videos.
		fmt.Printf("Videos in list %s\r\n", playlistId)

		nextPageToken := ""
		for {
			// Call the playlistItems.list method to retrieve the
			// list of uploaded videos. Each request retrieves 50
			// videos until all videos have been retrieved.
			playlistCall := service.PlaylistItems.List("snippet").
				PlaylistId(playlistId).
				MaxResults(50).
				PageToken(nextPageToken)

			playlistResponse, err := playlistCall.Do()

			if err != nil {
				// The playlistItems.list method call returned an error.
				log.Fatalf("Error fetching playlist items: %v", err.Error())
			}

			for _, playlistItem := range playlistResponse.Items {
				title := playlistItem.Snippet.Title
				videoId := playlistItem.Snippet.ResourceId.VideoId
				fmt.Printf("%v, (%v)\r\n", title, videoId)
			}

			// Set the token to retrieve the next page of results
			// or exit the loop if all results have been retrieved.
			nextPageToken = playlistResponse.NextPageToken
			if nextPageToken == "" {
				break
			}
			fmt.Println()
		}
	}
}

Java

This example uses the Java client library.

/*
 * Copyright (c) 2012 Google Inc.
 *
 * Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except
 * in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at
 *
 * http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
 *
 * Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License
 * is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express
 * or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under
 * the License.
 */

package com.google.api.services.samples.youtube.cmdline.data;

import com.google.api.client.auth.oauth2.Credential;
import com.google.api.client.googleapis.json.GoogleJsonResponseException;
import com.google.api.services.samples.youtube.cmdline.Auth;
import com.google.api.services.youtube.YouTube;
import com.google.api.services.youtube.model.Channel;
import com.google.api.services.youtube.model.ChannelListResponse;
import com.google.api.services.youtube.model.PlaylistItem;
import com.google.api.services.youtube.model.PlaylistItemListResponse;
import com.google.common.collect.Lists;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Iterator;
import java.util.List;

/**
 * Print a list of videos uploaded to the authenticated user's YouTube channel.
 *
 * @author Jeremy Walker
 */
public class MyUploads {

    /**
     * Define a global instance of a Youtube object, which will be used
     * to make YouTube Data API requests.
     */
    private static YouTube youtube;

    /**
     * Authorize the user, call the youtube.channels.list method to retrieve
     * the playlist ID for the list of videos uploaded to the user's channel,
     * and then call the youtube.playlistItems.list method to retrieve the
     * list of videos in that playlist.
     *
     * @param args command line args (not used).
     */
    public static void main(String[] args) {

        // This OAuth 2.0 access scope allows for read-only access to the
        // authenticated user's account, but not other types of account access.
        List<String> scopes = Lists.newArrayList("https://www.googleapis.com/auth/youtube.readonly");

        try {
            // Authorize the request.
            Credential credential = Auth.authorize(scopes, "myuploads");

            // This object is used to make YouTube Data API requests.
            youtube = new YouTube.Builder(Auth.HTTP_TRANSPORT, Auth.JSON_FACTORY, credential).setApplicationName(
                    "youtube-cmdline-myuploads-sample").build();

            // Call the API's channels.list method to retrieve the
            // resource that represents the authenticated user's channel.
            // In the API response, only include channel information needed for
            // this use case. The channel's contentDetails part contains
            // playlist IDs relevant to the channel, including the ID for the
            // list that contains videos uploaded to the channel.
            YouTube.Channels.List channelRequest = youtube.channels().list("contentDetails");
            channelRequest.setMine(true);
            channelRequest.setFields("items/contentDetails,nextPageToken,pageInfo");
            ChannelListResponse channelResult = channelRequest.execute();

            List<Channel> channelsList = channelResult.getItems();

            if (channelsList != null) {
                // The user's default channel is the first item in the list.
                // Extract the playlist ID for the channel's videos from the
                // API response.
                String uploadPlaylistId =
                        channelsList.get(0).getContentDetails().getRelatedPlaylists().getUploads();

                // Define a list to store items in the list of uploaded videos.
                List<PlaylistItem> playlistItemList = new ArrayList<PlaylistItem>();

                // Retrieve the playlist of the channel's uploaded videos.
                YouTube.PlaylistItems.List playlistItemRequest =
                        youtube.playlistItems().list("id,contentDetails,snippet");
                playlistItemRequest.setPlaylistId(uploadPlaylistId);

                // Only retrieve data used in this application, thereby making
                // the application more efficient. See:
                // https://developers.google.com/youtube/v3/getting-started#partial
                playlistItemRequest.setFields(
                        "items(contentDetails/videoId,snippet/title,snippet/publishedAt),nextPageToken,pageInfo");

                String nextToken = "";

                // Call the API one or more times to retrieve all items in the
                // list. As long as the API response returns a nextPageToken,
                // there are still more items to retrieve.
                do {
                    playlistItemRequest.setPageToken(nextToken);
                    PlaylistItemListResponse playlistItemResult = playlistItemRequest.execute();

                    playlistItemList.addAll(playlistItemResult.getItems());

                    nextToken = playlistItemResult.getNextPageToken();
                } while (nextToken != null);

                // Prints information about the results.
                prettyPrint(playlistItemList.size(), playlistItemList.iterator());
            }

        } catch (GoogleJsonResponseException e) {
            e.printStackTrace();
            System.err.println("There was a service error: " + e.getDetails().getCode() + " : "
                    + e.getDetails().getMessage());

        } catch (Throwable t) {
            t.printStackTrace();
        }
    }

    /*
     * Print information about all of the items in the playlist.
     *
     * @param size size of list
     *
     * @param iterator of Playlist Items from uploaded Playlist
     */
    private static void prettyPrint(int size, Iterator<PlaylistItem> playlistEntries) {
        System.out.println("=============================================================");
        System.out.println("\t\tTotal Videos Uploaded: " + size);
        System.out.println("=============================================================\n");

        while (playlistEntries.hasNext()) {
            PlaylistItem playlistItem = playlistEntries.next();
            System.out.println(" video name  = " + playlistItem.getSnippet().getTitle());
            System.out.println(" video id    = " + playlistItem.getContentDetails().getVideoId());
            System.out.println(" upload date = " + playlistItem.getSnippet().getPublishedAt());
            System.out.println("\n-------------------------------------------------------------\n");
        }
    }
}

JavaScript

The JavaScript code below performs the following functions:

  1. It retrieves the playlist ID for videos uploaded to the user's channel using the API's channels.list method.
  2. It passes that ID to the playlistItems.list method to retrieve the videos in that list.
  3. It displays the list of videos.
  4. It constructs next and previous page buttons and sets their visibility based on the information in the API response.

As noted in the Authorizing requests section, you need to update the client ID in the auth.js file to run this code.

This example uses the JavaScript client library.

// Define some variables used to remember state.
var playlistId, nextPageToken, prevPageToken;

// After the API loads, call a function to get the uploads playlist ID.
function handleAPILoaded() {
  requestUserUploadsPlaylistId();
}

// Call the Data API to retrieve the playlist ID that uniquely identifies the
// list of videos uploaded to the currently authenticated user's channel.
function requestUserUploadsPlaylistId() {
  // See https://developers.google.com/youtube/v3/docs/channels/list
  var request = gapi.client.youtube.channels.list({
    mine: true,
    part: 'contentDetails'
  });
  request.execute(function(response) {
    playlistId = response.result.items[0].contentDetails.relatedPlaylists.uploads;
    requestVideoPlaylist(playlistId);
  });
}

// Retrieve the list of videos in the specified playlist.
function requestVideoPlaylist(playlistId, pageToken) {
  $('#video-container').html('');
  var requestOptions = {
    playlistId: playlistId,
    part: 'snippet',
    maxResults: 10
  };
  if (pageToken) {
    requestOptions.pageToken = pageToken;
  }
  var request = gapi.client.youtube.playlistItems.list(requestOptions);
  request.execute(function(response) {
    // Only show pagination buttons if there is a pagination token for the
    // next or previous page of results.
    nextPageToken = response.result.nextPageToken;
    var nextVis = nextPageToken ? 'visible' : 'hidden';
    $('#next-button').css('visibility', nextVis);
    prevPageToken = response.result.prevPageToken
    var prevVis = prevPageToken ? 'visible' : 'hidden';
    $('#prev-button').css('visibility', prevVis);

    var playlistItems = response.result.items;
    if (playlistItems) {
      $.each(playlistItems, function(index, item) {
        displayResult(item.snippet);
      });
    } else {
      $('#video-container').html('Sorry you have no uploaded videos');
    }
  });
}

// Create a listing for a video.
function displayResult(videoSnippet) {
  var title = videoSnippet.title;
  var videoId = videoSnippet.resourceId.videoId;
  $('#video-container').append('<p>' + title + ' - ' + videoId + '</p>');
}

// Retrieve the next page of videos in the playlist.
function nextPage() {
  requestVideoPlaylist(playlistId, nextPageToken);
}

// Retrieve the previous page of videos in the playlist.
function previousPage() {
  requestVideoPlaylist(playlistId, prevPageToken);
}

.NET

The code sample below calls the API's playlistItems.list method to retrieve a list of videos uploaded to the channel associated with the request. The code also calls the channels.list method with the mine parameter set to true to retrieve the playlist ID that identifies the channel's uploaded videos.

This example uses the .NET client library.

/*
*/
using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Threading;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

using Google.Apis.Auth.OAuth2;
using Google.Apis.Services;
using Google.Apis.Upload;
using Google.Apis.Util.Store;
using Google.Apis.YouTube.v3;
using Google.Apis.YouTube.v3.Data;

namespace Google.Apis.YouTube.Samples
{
  /// <summary>
  /// YouTube Data API v3 sample: retrieve my uploads.
  /// Relies on the Google APIs Client Library for .NET, v1.7.0 or higher.
  /// See https://code.google.com/p/google-api-dotnet-client/wiki/GettingStarted
  /// </summary>
  internal class MyUploads
  {
    [STAThread]
    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
      Console.WriteLine("YouTube Data API: My Uploads");
      Console.WriteLine("============================");

      try
      {
        new MyUploads().Run().Wait();
      }
      catch (AggregateException ex)
      {
        foreach (var e in ex.InnerExceptions)
        {
          Console.WriteLine("Error: " + e.Message);
        }
      }

      Console.WriteLine("Press any key to continue...");
      Console.ReadKey();
    }

    private async Task Run()
    {
      UserCredential credential;
      using (var stream = new FileStream("client_secrets.json", FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read))
      {
        credential = await GoogleWebAuthorizationBroker.AuthorizeAsync(
            GoogleClientSecrets.Load(stream).Secrets,
            // This OAuth 2.0 access scope allows for read-only access to the authenticated 
            // user's account, but not other types of account access.
            new[] { YouTubeService.Scope.YoutubeReadonly },
            "user",
            CancellationToken.None,
            new FileDataStore(this.GetType().ToString())
        );
      }

      var youtubeService = new YouTubeService(new BaseClientService.Initializer()
      {
        HttpClientInitializer = credential,
        ApplicationName = this.GetType().ToString()
      });

      var channelsListRequest = youtubeService.Channels.List("contentDetails");
      channelsListRequest.Mine = true;

      // Retrieve the contentDetails part of the channel resource for the authenticated user's channel.
      var channelsListResponse = await channelsListRequest.ExecuteAsync();

      foreach (var channel in channelsListResponse.Items)
      {
        // From the API response, extract the playlist ID that identifies the list
        // of videos uploaded to the authenticated user's channel.
        var uploadsListId = channel.ContentDetails.RelatedPlaylists.Uploads;

        Console.WriteLine("Videos in list {0}", uploadsListId);

        var nextPageToken = "";
        while (nextPageToken != null)
        {
          var playlistItemsListRequest = youtubeService.PlaylistItems.List("snippet");
          playlistItemsListRequest.PlaylistId = uploadsListId;
          playlistItemsListRequest.MaxResults = 50;
          playlistItemsListRequest.PageToken = nextPageToken;

          // Retrieve the list of videos uploaded to the authenticated user's channel.
          var playlistItemsListResponse = await playlistItemsListRequest.ExecuteAsync();

          foreach (var playlistItem in playlistItemsListResponse.Items)
          {
            // Print information about each video.
            Console.WriteLine("{0} ({1})", playlistItem.Snippet.Title, playlistItem.Snippet.ResourceId.VideoId);
          }

          nextPageToken = playlistItemsListResponse.NextPageToken;
        }
      }
    }
  }
}

PHP

The code sample below calls the API's playlistItems.list method to retrieve a list of videos uploaded to the channel associated with the request. The code also calls the channels.list method with the mine parameter set to true to retrieve the playlist ID that identifies the channel's uploaded videos.

This example uses the PHP client library.

<?php

// Call set_include_path() as needed to point to your client library.
require_once 'Google/Client.php';
require_once 'Google/Service/YouTube.php';
session_start();

/*
 * You can acquire an OAuth 2.0 client ID and client secret from the
 * Google Developers Console <https://console.developers.google.com/>
 * For more information about using OAuth 2.0 to access Google APIs, please see:
 * <https://developers.google.com/youtube/v3/guides/authentication>
 * Please ensure that you have enabled the YouTube Data API for your project.
 */
$OAUTH2_CLIENT_ID = 'REPLACE_ME';
$OAUTH2_CLIENT_SECRET = 'REPLACE_ME';

$client = new Google_Client();
$client->setClientId($OAUTH2_CLIENT_ID);
$client->setClientSecret($OAUTH2_CLIENT_SECRET);
$client->setScopes('https://www.googleapis.com/auth/youtube');
$redirect = filter_var('http://' . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'] . $_SERVER['PHP_SELF'],
  FILTER_SANITIZE_URL);
$client->setRedirectUri($redirect);

// Define an object that will be used to make all API requests.
$youtube = new Google_Service_YouTube($client);

if (isset($_GET['code'])) {
  if (strval($_SESSION['state']) !== strval($_GET['state'])) {
    die('The session state did not match.');
  }

  $client->authenticate($_GET['code']);
  $_SESSION['token'] = $client->getAccessToken();
  header('Location: ' . $redirect);
}

if (isset($_SESSION['token'])) {
  $client->setAccessToken($_SESSION['token']);
}

// Check to ensure that the access token was successfully acquired.
if ($client->getAccessToken()) {
  try {
    // Call the channels.list method to retrieve information about the
    // currently authenticated user's channel.
    $channelsResponse = $youtube->channels->listChannels('contentDetails', array(
      'mine' => 'true',
    ));

    $htmlBody = '';
    foreach ($channelsResponse['items'] as $channel) {
      // Extract the unique playlist ID that identifies the list of videos
      // uploaded to the channel, and then call the playlistItems.list method
      // to retrieve that list.
      $uploadsListId = $channel['contentDetails']['relatedPlaylists']['uploads'];

      $playlistItemsResponse = $youtube->playlistItems->listPlaylistItems('snippet', array(
        'playlistId' => $uploadsListId,
        'maxResults' => 50
      ));

      $htmlBody .= "<h3>Videos in list $uploadsListId</h3><ul>";
      foreach ($playlistItemsResponse['items'] as $playlistItem) {
        $htmlBody .= sprintf('<li>%s (%s)</li>', $playlistItem['snippet']['title'],
          $playlistItem['snippet']['resourceId']['videoId']);
      }
      $htmlBody .= '</ul>';
    }
  } catch (Google_ServiceException $e) {
    $htmlBody .= sprintf('<p>A service error occurred: <code>%s</code></p>',
      htmlspecialchars($e->getMessage()));
  } catch (Google_Exception $e) {
    $htmlBody .= sprintf('<p>An client error occurred: <code>%s</code></p>',
      htmlspecialchars($e->getMessage()));
  }

  $_SESSION['token'] = $client->getAccessToken();
} else {
  $state = mt_rand();
  $client->setState($state);
  $_SESSION['state'] = $state;

  $authUrl = $client->createAuthUrl();
  $htmlBody = <<<END
  <h3>Authorization Required</h3>
  <p>You need to <a href="$authUrl">authorize access</a> before proceeding.<p>
END;
}
?>

<!doctype html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>My Uploads</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <?=$htmlBody?>
  </body>
</html>

Python

The code sample below calls the API's playlistItems.list method to retrieve a list of videos uploaded to the channel associated with the request. The code also calls the channels.list method with the mine parameter set to true to retrieve the playlist ID that identifies the channel's uploaded videos.

This example uses the Python client library.

#!/usr/bin/python

import httplib2
import os
import sys

from apiclient.discovery import build
from oauth2client.client import flow_from_clientsecrets
from oauth2client.file import Storage
from oauth2client.tools import argparser, run_flow


# The CLIENT_SECRETS_FILE variable specifies the name of a file that contains
# the OAuth 2.0 information for this application, including its client_id and
# client_secret. You can acquire an OAuth 2.0 client ID and client secret from
# the Google Developers Console at
# https://console.developers.google.com/.
# Please ensure that you have enabled the YouTube Data API for your project.
# For more information about using OAuth2 to access the YouTube Data API, see:
#   https://developers.google.com/youtube/v3/guides/authentication
# For more information about the client_secrets.json file format, see:
#   https://developers.google.com/api-client-library/python/guide/aaa_client_secrets
CLIENT_SECRETS_FILE = "client_secrets.json"

# This variable defines a message to display if the CLIENT_SECRETS_FILE is
# missing.
MISSING_CLIENT_SECRETS_MESSAGE = """
WARNING: Please configure OAuth 2.0

To make this sample run you will need to populate the client_secrets.json file
found at:

   %s

with information from the Developers Console
https://console.developers.google.com/

For more information about the client_secrets.json file format, please visit:
https://developers.google.com/api-client-library/python/guide/aaa_client_secrets
""" % os.path.abspath(os.path.join(os.path.dirname(__file__),
                                   CLIENT_SECRETS_FILE))

# This OAuth 2.0 access scope allows for read-only access to the authenticated
# user's account, but not other types of account access.
YOUTUBE_READONLY_SCOPE = "https://www.googleapis.com/auth/youtube.readonly"
YOUTUBE_API_SERVICE_NAME = "youtube"
YOUTUBE_API_VERSION = "v3"

flow = flow_from_clientsecrets(CLIENT_SECRETS_FILE,
  message=MISSING_CLIENT_SECRETS_MESSAGE,
  scope=YOUTUBE_READONLY_SCOPE)

storage = Storage("%s-oauth2.json" % sys.argv[0])
credentials = storage.get()

if credentials is None or credentials.invalid:
  flags = argparser.parse_args()
  credentials = run_flow(flow, storage, flags)

youtube = build(YOUTUBE_API_SERVICE_NAME, YOUTUBE_API_VERSION,
  http=credentials.authorize(httplib2.Http()))

# Retrieve the contentDetails part of the channel resource for the
# authenticated user's channel.
channels_response = youtube.channels().list(
  mine=True,
  part="contentDetails"
).execute()

for channel in channels_response["items"]:
  # From the API response, extract the playlist ID that identifies the list
  # of videos uploaded to the authenticated user's channel.
  uploads_list_id = channel["contentDetails"]["relatedPlaylists"]["uploads"]

  print "Videos in list %s" % uploads_list_id

  # Retrieve the list of videos uploaded to the authenticated user's channel.
  playlistitems_list_request = youtube.playlistItems().list(
    playlistId=uploads_list_id,
    part="snippet",
    maxResults=50
  )

  while playlistitems_list_request:
    playlistitems_list_response = playlistitems_list_request.execute()

    # Print information about each video.
    for playlist_item in playlistitems_list_response["items"]:
      title = playlist_item["snippet"]["title"]
      video_id = playlist_item["snippet"]["resourceId"]["videoId"]
      print "%s (%s)" % (title, video_id)

    playlistitems_list_request = youtube.playlistItems().list_next(
      playlistitems_list_request, playlistitems_list_response)

  print

Python App Engine

The code sample below calls the API's playlistItems.list method to retrieve a list of videos uploaded to a specified channel. The channel can be identified by its channel ID or channel name. The code also calls the channels.list method to retrieve the playlist ID that identifies the channel's uploaded videos.

import os
import urllib
import webapp2
import jinja2

from apiclient.discovery import build
from optparse import OptionParser

import json

JINJA_ENVIRONMENT = jinja2.Environment(
    loader=jinja2.FileSystemLoader(os.path.dirname(__file__)),
    extensions=['jinja2.ext.autoescape'])

REGISTRATION_INSTRUCTIONS = """
    You must set up a project and get an API key to run this code. Please see
    the instructions for creating a project and a key at <a
    href="https://developers.google.com/youtube/registering_an_application"
    >https://developers.google.com/youtube/registering_an_application</a>.
    <br><br>
    Make sure that you have enabled the YouTube Data API (v3) and the Freebase
    API for your project."""

# Set API_KEY to the "API key" value from the "Access" tab of the
# Google APIs Console http://code.google.com/apis/console#access
# Please ensure that you have enabled the YouTube Data API and Freebase API
# for your project.
API_KEY = "REPLACE_ME"
YOUTUBE_API_SERVICE_NAME = "youtube"
YOUTUBE_API_VERSION = "v3"
FREEBASE_SEARCH_URL = "https://www.googleapis.com/freebase/v1/search?%s"
QUERY_TERM = "dog"

class MainHandler(webapp2.RequestHandler):

  def get(self):
    if API_KEY == 'REPLACE_ME':
      self.response.write(REGISTRATION_INSTRUCTIONS)
    else:
      # Present a list of Freebase topic IDs for the query term
      self.request_channel()

  def request_channel(self):
    # Display a text box where the user can enter a channel name or
    # channel ID.
    select_channel_page = '''
        <html>
          <body>
            <p>Which channel's videos do you want to see?</p>
            <form method="post">
              <p>
                <select name="channel_type">
                  <option value="id">Channel ID</option>
                  <option value="name">Channel name</option>
                </select>  
                <input name="channel" size="30">
              </p>
              <p><input type="submit" /></p>
            </form>
          </body>
        </html>
    '''

    # Display the HTML page that shows the form.
    self.response.out.write(select_channel_page)

  def post(self):
    # Service for calling the YouTube API
    youtube = build(YOUTUBE_API_SERVICE_NAME,
                    YOUTUBE_API_VERSION,
                    developerKey=API_KEY)

    # Use form inputs to create request params for channel details
    channel_type = self.request.get('channel_type')
    channels_response = None
    if channel_type == 'id':
      channels_response = youtube.channels().list(
          id=self.request.get('channel'),
          part='snippet,contentDetails'
      ).execute()
    else:
      channels_response = youtube.channels().list(
          forUsername=self.request.get('channel'),
          part='snippet,contentDetails'
      ).execute()

    channel_name = ''
    videos = []

    for channel in channels_response['items']:
      uploads_list_id = channel['contentDetails']['relatedPlaylists']['uploads']
      channel_name = channel['snippet']['title']
      
      next_page_token = ''
      while next_page_token is not None:
        playlistitems_response = youtube.playlistItems().list(
            playlistId=uploads_list_id,
            part='snippet',
            maxResults=50,
            pageToken=next_page_token
        ).execute()

        for playlist_item in playlistitems_response['items']:
          videos.append(playlist_item)
          
        next_page_token = playlistitems_response.get('tokenPagination', {}).get(
            'nextPageToken')
        
        if len(videos) > 100:
          break

    template_values = {
      'channel_name': channel_name,
      'videos': videos
    }

    self.response.headers['Content-type'] = 'text/html'
    template = JINJA_ENVIRONMENT.get_template('index.html')
    self.response.write(template.render(template_values))

app = webapp2.WSGIApplication([
  ('/.*', MainHandler),
], debug=True)

Ruby

The code sample below calls the API's playlistItems.list method to retrieve a list of videos uploaded to the channel associated with the request. The code also calls the channels.list method with the mine parameter set to true to retrieve the playlist ID that identifies the channel's uploaded videos.

This example uses the Ruby client library.

#!/usr/bin/ruby

require 'rubygems'
gem 'google-api-client', '>0.7'
require 'google/api_client'
require 'google/api_client/client_secrets'
require 'google/api_client/auth/file_storage'
require 'google/api_client/auth/installed_app'

# This OAuth 2.0 access scope allows for read-only access to the authenticated
# user's account, but not other types of account access.
YOUTUBE_READONLY_SCOPE = 'https://www.googleapis.com/auth/youtube.readonly'
YOUTUBE_API_SERVICE_NAME = 'youtube'
YOUTUBE_API_VERSION = 'v3'

def get_authenticated_service
  client = Google::APIClient.new(
    :application_name => $PROGRAM_NAME,
    :application_version => '1.0.0'
  )
  youtube = client.discovered_api(YOUTUBE_API_SERVICE_NAME, YOUTUBE_API_VERSION)

  file_storage = Google::APIClient::FileStorage.new("#{$PROGRAM_NAME}-oauth2.json")
  if file_storage.authorization.nil?
    client_secrets = Google::APIClient::ClientSecrets.load
    flow = Google::APIClient::InstalledAppFlow.new(
      :client_id => client_secrets.client_id,
      :client_secret => client_secrets.client_secret,
      :scope => [YOUTUBE_READONLY_SCOPE]
    )
    client.authorization = flow.authorize(file_storage)
  else
    client.authorization = file_storage.authorization
  end

  return client, youtube
end

def main
  client, youtube = get_authenticated_service

  begin
    # Retrieve the "contentDetails" part of the channel resource for the
    # authenticated user's channel.
    channels_response = client.execute!(
      :api_method => youtube.channels.list,
      :parameters => {
        :mine => true,
        :part => 'contentDetails'
      }
    )

    channels_response.data.items.each do |channel|
      # From the API response, extract the playlist ID that identifies the list
      # of videos uploaded to the authenticated user's channel.
      uploads_list_id = channel['contentDetails']['relatedPlaylists']['uploads']

      # Retrieve the list of videos uploaded to the authenticated user's channel.
      next_page_token = ''
      until next_page_token.nil?
        playlistitems_response = client.execute!(
          :api_method => youtube.playlist_items.list,
          :parameters => {
            :playlistId => uploads_list_id,
            :part => 'snippet',
            :maxResults => 50,
            :pageToken => next_page_token
          }
        )

        puts "Videos in list #{uploads_list_id}"

        # Print information about each video.
        playlistitems_response.data.items.each do |playlist_item|
          title = playlist_item['snippet']['title']
          video_id = playlist_item['snippet']['resourceId']['videoId']

          puts "#{title} (#{video_id})"
        end

        next_page_token = playlistitems_response.next_page_token
      end

      puts
    end
  rescue Google::APIClient::TransmissionError => e
    puts e.result.body
  end
end

main

Errors

The table below identifies error messages that the API could return in response to a call to this method. Please see the error message documentation for more detail.

Error type Error detail Description
forbidden (403) playlistItemsNotAccessible The request is not properly authorized to retrieve the specified playlist.
notFound (404) playlistNotFound The playlist identified with the request's playlistId parameter cannot be found.
notFound (404) videoNotFound The video identified with the request's videoId parameter cannot be found.
required (400) playlistIdRequired The subscribe request does not specify a value for the required playlistId property.

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