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Fetch any YouTube video’s metadata in 2 lines

100lvlmaster profile image Navin Kodag ・1 min read

So, i was looking for a way to quickly get a YouTube video’s metadata without having to setup the developer account and get an API key since i just needed to integrate it as one small feature.

After doing a quick Google search, I came across the oembed API to fetch metadata for any video with using its link. So it goes like dis

tldr:


But after a bit of refactoring 🧹…

The basic HTTP request looks like this…
[http://youtube.com/oembed?url=${YOUR](http://youtube.com/oembed?url=${YOUR)_VIDEO_URL}&format=json
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Gives us a response like this…

**{
**"title": "Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up (Video)",
"author_name": "RickAstleyVEVO",
"author_url": "[https://www.youtube.com/user/RickAstleyVEVO](https://www.youtube.com/user/RickAstleyVEVO)",
"type": "video",
"height": **113**,
"width": **200**,
"version": "1.0",
"provider_name": "YouTube",
"provider_url": "[https://www.youtube.com/](https://www.youtube.com/)",
"thumbnail_height": **360**,
"thumbnail_width": **480**,
"thumbnail_url": "[https://i.ytimg.com/vi/dQw4w9WgXcQ/hqdefault.jpg](https://i.ytimg.com/vi/dQw4w9WgXcQ/hqdefault.jpg)",
"html": "<iframe width=\"200\" height=\"113\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/dQw4w9WgXcQ?feature=oembed\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen></iframe>"
**}**
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That’s pretty neat :]
navinko

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