Playlists: update

Modifies a playlist. For example, you could change a playlist's title, description, or privacy status. Try it now.


HTTP request



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



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 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.

The part names that you can include in the parameter value are snippet and status.

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's privacy setting is contained in the status part. As such, if your request is updating a private playlist, and the request's part parameter value includes the status part, the playlist's privacy setting will be updated to whatever value the request body specifies. If the request body does not specify a value, the existing privacy setting will be removed and the playlist will revert to the default privacy setting.
Optional parameters
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.

Request body

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

  • You must specify a value for these properties:

    • id
    • snippet.title

  • You can set values for these properties:

    • snippet.title
    • snippet.description
    • status.privacyStatus
    • snippet.tags[]

    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 playlist resource in the response body.


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
invalidValue (400) invalidPlaylistSnippet The request provides an invalid playlist snippet.
notFound (404) playlistNotFound The playlist identified with the request's id parameter cannot be found.
required (400) playlistTitleRequired The request must specify a playlist title.

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