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VideoCategories: list

Returns a list of categories that can be associated with YouTube videos. Try it now.

Quota impact: A call to this method has a quota cost of 1 unit in addition to the costs of the specified resource parts.


HTTP request



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 the videoCategory resource properties that the API response will include. Set the parameter value to snippet. The snippet part has a quota cost of 2 units.
Filters (specify exactly one of the following parameters)
id string The id parameter specifies a comma-separated list of video category IDs for the resources that you are retrieving.
regionCode string The regionCode parameter instructs the API to return the list of video categories available in the specified country. The parameter value is an ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code.
Optional parameters
hl string The hl parameter specifies the language that should be used for text values in the API response. The default value is en_US.

Request body

Do not provide a request body when calling this method.


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

  "kind": "youtube#videoCategoryListResponse",
  "etag": etag,
  "nextPageToken": string,
  "prevPageToken": string,
  "pageInfo": {
    "totalResults": integer,
    "resultsPerPage": integer
  "items": [
    videoCategory resource


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#videoCategoryListResponse.
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 video categories that can be associated with YouTube videos. In this map, the video category ID is the map key, and its value is the corresponding videoCategory resource.


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
notFound (404) videoCategoryNotFound The video category identified by the id parameter cannot be found. Use the videoCategories.list method to retrieve a list of valid values.

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