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A simple way to get information on YouTube videos.

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A simple way to get information on YouTube videos.


  • Pythonic syntax lets you feel right at home
  • Lightweight nature means you don't have to worry about excessive dependencies
  • Simple to use objects take the hassle out of API inconsistencies


You need Python 3.7.0 or greater to run vidyo. You will also need to have a Google Developers project with the YouTube Data API enabled. You can find instructions on how to do that in the documentation.

It is recommended you install vidyo in a virtual environment. To do this, run the following:

# Windows
> py -3.9 -m venv .venv
> .venv\Scripts\activate
> pip install vidyo

# Linux\macOS
$ python3.9 -m venv .venv
$ source ./.venv/bin/activate
$ pip install vidyo

To install vidyo outside of a virtual environment instead, run the following:

# Windows
> py -3.9 -m pip install vidyo

# Linux/macOS
$ python3.9 -m pip install vidyo

You can also install the development version by running the following (this assumes you're on Linux/macOS):

$ git clone
$ cd vidyo
$ git checkout develop  # Any valid branch name can go here.
$ python3.9 -m pip install -U .

Usage examples

The following example shows you how display the title and number of views of the first YouTube video and then download its thumbnail.

from vidyo import Client

# Load your API key from a file.
with open("secrets/api-key") as f:
    key =

client = Client(key)
video = client.get_video("jNQXAC9IVRw")
print(f"{video.title} has {video.views:,} views.")


The vidyo module for Python is licensed under the BSD-3-Clause License.

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