Getting Started

Get an overview of the course, its prerequisites, and the intended audience.

YouTube Data API overview

The YouTube Data API is a service that allows you to incorporate functions normally executed on the YouTube website into your own app. It grants read and write permissions to YouTube’s content, through which users can perform both authenticated and unauthenticated requests to Google Data feeds to retrieve feeds of popular videos, comments, playlists, favorites, and so on.

We can use the API to search for videos, channels, or playlists matching specific search terms, locations, and much more. Moreover, the API can fetch search results and retrieve, insert, update, and delete resources like videos or playlists.

In addition to this, the API allows a user to get statistics about a channel, video, or playlist. We can use the different functions and methods to fetch customized data by setting appropriate request parameters.


This course assumes some working knowledge of the Python programming language.

Who is this course for?

This course is intended for anyone who wants to learn how to use and integrate the Youtube Data API into their own app(s). In this context, you can be any of the following:

  • An individual who wants to write apps that interact with YouTube.
  • A data enthusiast who wants to access video statistics or YouTube channels data for analysis.
  • A professional who has experience working with other data APIs and intends to explore YouTube data.

Learning objectives

After completing this course, you’ll have everything you need to progress further with YouTube Data API. You’ll be able to explore the entire API freely (it’s pretty massive!), and you’ll have the foundation to build API integrations into your own projects.