Fetch any YouTube video’s metadata in 2 lines

Navin Kodag
1 min readApr 27, 2021
Photo by Alexander Shatov on Unsplash

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


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But after a bit of refactoring 🧹…

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The basic HTTP request looks like this…


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",
"type": "video",
"height": 113,
"width": 200,
"version": "1.0",
"provider_name": "YouTube",
"provider_url": "https://www.youtube.com/",
"thumbnail_height": 360,
"thumbnail_width": 480,
"thumbnail_url": "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>"

That’s pretty neat :]