Search YouTube with Google Script and YouTube API

This Google Script shows how to query the YouTube API to search videos by keywords. The source data is in a column in Google Spreadsheet and we connect to the YouTube Data API via Google Apps Script. The YouTube service should be in enabled in the Google Cloud Platform project.

function findYouTubeVideoByKeywords() {
  // get the search query from Google Sheets
  var sheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSheet();
  var data = sheet.getDataRange().getValues();

  // iterate through all rows in the sheet
  for (var d = 1, l = data.length; d < l; d++) {
    // find the top result only
    var results = YouTube.Search.list('id,snippet', {
      q: data[d][0],
      maxResults: 1,

    // was a matching video found on YouTube?
    if (results.pageInfo.totalResults !== 0) {
      var item = results.items[0];
      var snippet = item.snippet;
      var response = [,
        new Date(snippet.publishedAt),
      // write the response to Google Sheet
      sheet.getRange(d + 1, 4, 1, response.length).setValues([response]);

    // add a sleep between calls to avoid hitting the rate limit

  // refresh the Google Spreadsheet
Amit Agarwal

Amit Agarwal

Google Developer Expert, Google Cloud Champion

Amit Agarwal is a Google Developer Expert in Google Workspace and Google Apps Script. He holds an engineering degree in Computer Science (I.I.T.) and is the first professional blogger in India.

Amit has developed several popular Google add-ons including Mail Merge for Gmail and Document Studio. Read more on Lifehacker and YourStory


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