LiveChatMessages: insert

Adds a message to a live chat. The API currently supports the ability to insert text messages only. Try it now.


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. It identifies the properties that the write operation will set as well as the properties that the API response will include. Set the parameter value to snippet.

Request body

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

  • You must specify a value for these properties:

    • snippet.liveChatId
    • snippet.type: Currently, the only supported value is textMessageEvent.
    • snippet.textMessageDetails.messageText


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


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


This sample inserts a live chat message into the specified video or the live broadcast for the authorized user's channel.

This example uses the Java client library.

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 * 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
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import java.util.List;

 * Inserts a message into a live broadcast of the current user or a video specified by id.
 * The videoId is often included in the video's url, e.g.:
 *                                 ^ videoId
 * The video URL may be found in the browser address bar, or by right-clicking a video and selecting
 * Copy video URL from the context menu.
 * @author Jim Rogers
public class InsertLiveChatMessage {

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

     * Inserts a message into a live broadcast.
     * @param args The message to insert (required) followed by the videoId (optional).
     * If the videoId is given, live chat messages will be retrieved from the chat associated with
     * this video. If the videoId is not specified, the signed in user's current live broadcast will
     * be used instead.
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // Get the chat message to insert
        if (args.length == 0) {
            System.err.println("No message specified");
        String message = args[0];

        // This OAuth 2.0 access scope allows for write access to the authenticated user's account.
        List<String> scopes = Lists.newArrayList(YouTubeScopes.YOUTUBE_FORCE_SSL);

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

            // This object is used to make YouTube Data API requests.
            youtube = new YouTube.Builder(Auth.HTTP_TRANSPORT, Auth.JSON_FACTORY, credential)

            // Get the liveChatId
            String liveChatId = args.length == 2
                ? GetLiveChatId.getLiveChatId(youtube, args[1])
                : GetLiveChatId.getLiveChatId(youtube);
            if (liveChatId != null) {
                System.out.println("Live chat id: " + liveChatId);
            } else {
                System.err.println("Unable to find a live chat id");

            // Insert the message into live chat
            LiveChatMessage liveChatMessage = new LiveChatMessage();
            LiveChatMessageSnippet snippet = new LiveChatMessageSnippet();
            LiveChatTextMessageDetails details = new LiveChatTextMessageDetails();
            YouTube.LiveChatMessages.Insert liveChatInsert =
                youtube.liveChatMessages().insert("snippet", liveChatMessage);
            LiveChatMessage response = liveChatInsert.execute();
            System.out.println("Inserted message id " + response.getId());
        } catch (GoogleJsonResponseException e) {
                .println("GoogleJsonResponseException code: " + e.getDetails().getCode() + " : "
                    + e.getDetails().getMessage());
        } catch (IOException e) {
            System.err.println("IOException: " + e.getMessage());
        } catch (Throwable t) {
            System.err.println("Throwable: " + t.getMessage());


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) forbidden You do not have the permissions required to create the specified message.
forbidden (403) liveChatDisabled The specified live chat has been disabled by the owner, which means messages cannot be added to the chat.
forbidden (403) liveChatEnded The specified live chat is no longer live.
invalidValue (400) messageTextInvalid The message text (snippet.textMessageDetails.messageText) is not valid.
notFound (404) liveChatNotFound The live chat identified in the API request does not exist. This error occurs if the chat has been deleted by the owner.
rateLimitExceeded rateLimitExceeded The user has posted too many chat messages in a given timeframe.
required (400) liveChatIdRequired The liveChatMessage resource must include and specify a value for the snippet.liveChatId property.
required (400) messageTextRequired The liveChatMessage resource must include and specify a value for the snippet.textMessageDetails.messageText property.
required (400) typeRequired The liveChatMessage resource must include and specify a value for the snippet.type property. Set the parameter value to text

Try it!

Use the API Explorer to call this method on live data and see the API request and response.