API Model for YouTube Service

Learn about the main data entities and API endpoints needed to build a streaming service like YouTube.

This lesson discusses important data entities to help us get started with API design. We’ll look at the message format for each API endpoint needed to meet our functional requirements. Also, we'll see some interesting ways to make streaming smooth and efficient.

Base URL and API endpoints

We will use the following reference URL for our YouTube API design. The api.youtube.com is the host URL, v1.0 represents the first version, and videos defines the endpoint for accessing the streaming service.

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