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How to search among Youtube videos and extract their metadata using an easy interface.

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An Easy Wrapper for Youtube API 3.0

YouTube is one of the main sources of education, entertainment, advertisement, and much more. This service has so much data that one can use to run data science projects or build machine learning products. For example, YouTube video comments can be an excellent source of NLP projects. YouTube API enables you to search for videos matching specific search criteria but it might be a bit confusing for some people. This library provides you a very easy interface to extract Youtube video metadata including title, comments, and stats. Hope you enjoy it.

Note- You must setup your credentials before being able to use this library. To learn how to setup credentials, read this link: Extracting YouTube Comments with YouTube API & Python. This is an excellent post about Youtube API service, and help you step-by-step configure the credentials. You need to enter the CREDENTIALS_PATH when you want to initialize the youtube-easy-api library. For more information, you can look at the examples below.


The library requires the following libraries:

  • google-api-python-client
  • google-auth-oauthlib
  • google


It can be installed using pip:

pip install youtube-easy-api

Make sure the pip is upgraded to the latest version.


The library currently support the methods below.

  • search_videos_by_keywords
  • get_video_details

You can search Youtube service by passing a search_keyword to the search_videos_by_keywords method. You will receive an ordered lists of videos according to the search configs.

from youtube_easy_api.easy_wrapper import *

easy_wrapper = YoutubeEasyWrapper()
search_keyword = 'python'
results = easy_wrapper.search_videos_by_keywords(q=search_keyword,
order_id = 1
video_id = results[order_id]['video_id']


You can also extract the metadata of a video by passing its video_id to the method get_video_details.

from youtube_easy_api.easy_wrapper import *

easy_wrapper = YoutubeEasyWrapper()
metadata = easy_wrapper.get_video_details(video_id='rdjnkb4ONWk')

'The Pink Panther Show Episode 59 - Slink Pink'

And, that's pretty much it!

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