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Manipulating YouTube Data With The YouTube Data API: A Guide For Developers

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Looking to build innovative apps with YouTube features and manipulate YouTube data programmatically? Using an efficient YouTube Data API is what you need! 

In this guide, we’ll show you how to use various endpoints of a YouTube data API to create, modify, and upload video content, access the number of subscribers, recently added videos, statistics, and more. We’ll be using YouTube Data API powered by APILayer for demonstration, as it’s a robust API that offers various helpful endpoints for YouTube Data manipulation. 

You can automate YouTube edits and uploads by using the YouTube Data API. The API allows you to programmatically upload videos, modify video content, edit their metadata, and manage and view your YouTube account information.

What are the YouTube Data API Features?

APILayer YouTube Data API
APILayer YouTube Data API

The YouTube Data API allows developers to access and manipulate YouTube data in several ways. Some of the key features of the API include the following:

  • Upload and manage videos, including editing video metadata, such as the title, description, and thumbnail image.
  • With Auto-complete and Search endpoints, you can explore YouTube content effortlessly. For example, you can search for videos, channels, and playlists on YouTube.
  • Retrieve comments and replies, and add new comments and replies to videos.
  • Retrieve channel information, including the number of subscribers, statistics, recently added videos, and more.
  • Access playlist details, including the ability to add and remove videos from playlists.
  • Manage and view YouTube account information, such as user and playlist data.

How to Get Your YouTube API Key?

To use the YouTube Data API, you must have an API access key. Here’s how you can get your API key:

  • First, head over to the APILayer marketplace and create an account. 
  • You can then subscribe to any API available in the marketplace, including the YouTube data API
  • You can select the free plan initially to try and test the API features. 
YouTube data API free plan
YouTube data API free plan
  • Once you’ve subscribed to the free plan, you get your free API access key in your dashboard.
Getting your YouTube data API key
Getting your YouTube data API key

How Do I Get YouTube API Data?

Once you have your API key, you can use the YouTube Data API to programmatically upload videos, edit their metadata, manage your YouTube account, and more.

APILayer Marketplace offers its API Live Playground, where you can test out any available API with various parameters and explore various API integration samples in one place.

API Live Playground - APILayer Marketplace
API Live Playground – APILayer Marketplace

Here is a sample API integration using PHP:

How to Get YouTube Video Details Using YouTube API?

To get video details using the YouTube Data API, you must have your API access key and then follow the documentation on how to use endpoints.

Here is an example of how you might request the YouTube Data API to get information about a video:

When the request is made, the YouTube Data API will return a response containing information about the video, including its title, description, duration, view count, and other details. You can then use this information to display or manipulate the video data as needed.

How to Get Channel Details Using YouTube API?

To get YouTube channel details, you can utilize the channel & details endpoint like in this sample:

How to Get Video Streaming Data?

You can also use the YouTube data API to get information about the video stream being sent to YouTube. The stream serves as the source of the data that will be transmitted to YouTube viewers. Once a liveStream is built, it can only be associated with a single liveBroadcast. You can use the video & streaming-data endpoint to get these details. 

Here is a sample in JavaScript:

YouTube Data API Tutorial

In this section, I would like to showcase a simple app in action with YouTube API and the power of the Delphi programming language. With Delphi and FireMonkey GUI framework, you can create multi-platform native applications with high productivity. With built-in components and styles, you can design cross-platform applications and build them for Windows, macOS, iOS, Linux, and Android using a single code base. Download Delphi Community Edition

Here is a quick video for your reference about Delphi IDE:

How to Use REST Client Components in Delphi FireMonkey Application?

There are various ways to integrate REST services into Delphi or C++ Builder applications, like just using the TNetHTTP components or REST Client components. Besides, with the REST Debugger tool, you can play with any REST service, and after a successful connection, you will be able to copy pre-configured components and put them on your form. Then, with the LiveBindings Designer, you can easily bind data source and UI components. 

Let’s try this with this YouTube Data API.

Open the Delphi IDE, find the REST Debugger from the Menu and put the API endpoint details along with its parameters.

YouTube Data API Integration Demo with Delphi FireMonkey
YouTube Data API Integration Demo with Delphi FireMonkey

Send a request. You will receive data, and then you can click the Copy Components button:

REST Debugger
REST Debugger
LiveBindings Designer
LiveBindings Designer

And now we can write this one line of code to execute the REST request:

How to Programmatically Integrate REST API Using REST Client Components?

To use REST Client Components in Delphi, follow these steps:

  1. Install the REST Client Components package:
    • In Delphi, go to “Component” > “Install Packages.”
    • Select the “Online” tab and search for “REST Client Components.”
    • Click “Install” to install the package.
  2. Add the REST Client Components to your form:
    • In the Delphi IDE, open the “Component Palette.”
    • Select the “REST” tab and drag a “TRESTClient” component onto your form.
    • Drag a “TRESTRequest” component onto your form and connect it to the TRESTClient component using the “Client” property.
    • Drag a “TRESTResponse” component onto your form and connect it to the TRESTRequest component using the “Response” property.
  3. Configure the TRESTClient component:
    • Set the “BaseURL” property to the base URL of the REST API you want to call.
    • Optionally, you can set other properties, such as “Accept” and “ContentType”, to specify the desired media type of the request and response.
  4. Configure the TRESTRequest component:
    • Set the “Resource” property to the resource you want to access on the REST API (e.g., ‘/users’).
    • Set the “Method” property to the HTTP method you want to use (e.g., “GET”, “POST”, “PUT”, etc.)
    • Optionally, you can set other properties such as “Params” to specify request parameters or “Body” to specify the request body.
  5. Execute the request:
    • Call the “Execute” method of the TRESTRequest component to send the request and receive a response.
    • You can access the response data using the properties of the TRESTResponse component, such as “Content” and “StatusCode.”

Here is an example of how to use the REST Client Components to send a GET request to a REST API and print the response body:

Demo in Action

YouTube Data API and Delphi App- Demo in Action
YouTube Data API and Delphi App- Demo in Action

You can find the source code from this repository. You can also check out these latest tutorials to learn about automating various tasks using different APIlayer’s APIs:

Why Should You Choose YouTube Data API by APILayer?

APILayer marketplace is one of the fastest-growing API marketplaces with high stability and affordable subscription types. With a free API access key, you can learn how to use the service and go for all-in with amazing offers. Head over now and get your free API access key for the YouTube Data API!

Conclusion

A YouTube data API enables developers to access and manipulate YouTube data programmatically. Using the API, you can create different innovative applications. In this guide, we’ve used APILayer YouTube data API to demonstrate how to manipulate YouTube data using various endpoints. The API allows developers to access and manipulate YouTube data in several ways, such as:

  • Upload and manage videos, including editing video metadata, such as the title, description, and thumbnail image.
  • Retrieve comments and replies, and add new comments and replies to videos.
  • Search for videos, channels, and playlists on YouTube
  • Retrieve channel and playlist information, including the ability to add and remove videos from playlists.
  • Manage and view YouTube account information, such as user and playlist data.

We’ve also created a simple app with our YouTube API and Delphi. You can find the complete YouTube API tutorial in the article. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do you get data from YouTube?

You can use a YouTube data API to get data from YouTube. The API allows developers to create, modify, and upload video content, edit video metadata, access the number of subscribers, recently added videos, statistics, and more.

Is YouTube data API free?

You can use APILayer’s YouTube data API for free (no credit card required). The free plan offers 500 monthly API requests.

Where do I find my YouTube data API key?

Once you’ve created an account on the APILayer marketplace and have subscribed to the YouTube API, you’ll get your API key. You can find your API key on the API’s homepage. 

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