Playlists: update

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

Quota impact: A call to this method has a quota cost of 50 units in addition to the costs of the specified resource parts.


HTTP request

PUT https://www.googleapis.com/youtube/v3/playlists


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.

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 mutable properties that are contained in any parts that the request body specifies. For example, a playlist's description is contained in the snippet part, which must be included in the request body. If the request does not specify a value for the snippet.description property, the playlist's existing description will be deleted.

The list below contains the part names that you can include in the parameter value and the quota cost for each part:
  • contentDetails: 2
  • id: 0
  • player: 0
  • snippet: 2
  • status: 2
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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Use the API Explorer to call this method on live data and see the API request and response.