PlaylistItems: update

Modifies a playlist item. For example, you could update the item's position in the playlist.

Quota impact: A call to this method has a quota cost of 50 units.

Common use cases


HTTP request



This request requires authorization with at least one of the following scopes (read more about authentication and authorization).



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

Required parameters
part string
The part parameter serves two purposes in this operation. It identifies the properties that the write operation will set as well as the properties that the API response will include.

Note that this method will override the existing values for all of the mutable properties that are contained in any parts that the parameter value specifies. For example, a playlist item can specify a start time and end time, which identify the times portion of the video that should play when users watch the video in the playlist. If your request is updating a playlist item that sets these values, and the request's part parameter value includes the contentDetails part, the playlist item's start and end times will be updated to whatever value the request body specifies. If the request body does not specify values, the existing start and end times will be removed and replaced with the default settings.

The following list contains the part names that you can include in the parameter value:
  • contentDetails
  • id
  • snippet
  • status
Optional parameters
onBehalfOfContentOwner string
Note: The onBehalfOfContentOwner parameter is intended exclusively for YouTube content partners and can only be used in a properly authorized request.

This parameter is designed for YouTube content partners that own and manage many different YouTube channels. It enables users affiliated with the content owner to authenticate once and then be able to access and manage all of the content owner's video and channel data, without having to provide authentication credentials for each individual channel.

When the parameter is present, its value identifies a content owner, and the request's authorization credentials identify a YouTube user who is authorized to act on behalf of that content owner. The account that the user authenticates with must be linked to the specified content owner in the YouTube Creator Studio settings.

Request body

Provide a playlistItem resource in the request body. For that resource:

  • You must specify a value for these properties:

    • id
    • snippet.playlistId
    • snippet.resourceId

  • You can set values for these properties:

    • snippet.position
    • contentDetails.note
    • contentDetails.startAt
    • contentDetails.endAt

    If you are submitting an update request, and your request does not specify a value for a property that already has a value, the property's existing value will be deleted.


If successful, this method returns a playlistItem resource in the response body.


The following table 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 update the specified playlist item.
invalidValue (400) invalidPlaylistItemPosition The request attempts to set the playlist item's position to an invalid or unsupported value. Check the value of the position property in the resource's snippet.
invalidValue (400) invalidResourceType The type specified for the resource ID is not supported for this operation. The resource ID identifies the item being added to the playlist – e.g. youtube#video.
invalidValue (400) invalidSnippet The request does not specify a valid snippet property.
invalidValue (400) manualSortRequired The request attempts to set the playlist item's position, but the playlist does not use manual sorting. (For example, playlist items might be sorted by date or popularity.) You can address the error by removing the snippet.position element from the resource that the request is inserting. If you want the playlist item to have a particular position in the list, you need to first update the playlist's Ordering option to Manual in the playlist's settings. This settings can be adjusted in the YouTube Video Manager.
notFound (404) playlistItemNotFound The playlist item identified with the request's id property cannot be found.
notFound (404) playlistNotFound The playlist identified with the request's playlistId parameter cannot be found.
required (400) channelIdRequired The request does not specify a value for the required channelId property.
required (400) playlistIdRequired The request does not specify a value for the required playlistId property.
required (400) playlistItemIdRequired The playlist item resource specified in the request must use the id property to identify the playlist item that is being updated.
invalidValue (400) playlistOperationUnsupported The API does not support the ability to update videos in the specified playlist. For example, you can't update a video in your uploaded videos playlist.

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