Activities: insert

YouTube has deprecated the channel bulletin feature, and this method is no longer supported.

For more details, please see the YouTube Help Center.

Posts a bulletin for a specific channel. (The user submitting the request must be authorized to act on the channel's behalf.)

Note: Even though an activity resource can contain information about actions like a user rating a video or marking a video as a favorite, you need to use other API methods to generate those activity resources. For example, you would use the API's videos.rate() method to rate a video and the playlistItems.insert() method to mark a video as a favorite.

Quota impact: A call to this method has a quota cost of 50 units.


HTTP request



This request requires authorization with at least one of the following scopes (read more about authentication and authorization).



The following table lists the parameters that this query supports. All of the parameters listed are query parameters.

Required parameters
part string
The part parameter serves two purposes in this operation. It identifies the properties that the write operation will set as well as the properties that the API response will include.

The following list contains the part names that you can include in the parameter value:
  • contentDetails
  • id
  • snippet

Request body

Provide an activity resource in the request body. For that resource:

  • You must specify a value for these properties:

    • snippet.description
  • You can set values for these properties:

    • snippet.description
    • contentDetails.bulletin.resourceId


If successful, this method returns an activity resource in the response body.


The following table identifies error messages that the API could return in response to a call to this method. Please see the error message documentation for more detail.

Error type Error detail Description
badRequest (400) bulletinTextRequired The request must use the snippet object's description property to provide the text for the bulletin post.
badRequest (400) invalidMetadata The kind property does not match the type of ID provided.
forbidden (403) forbidden The request is not properly authorized.
notFound (404) playlistNotFound YouTube cannot find the video that you are trying to associate with the bulletin post. Check the value of the contentDetails.bulletinPosted.playlistId property.
notFound (404) videoNotFound YouTube cannot find the video that you are trying to associate with the bulletin post. Check the value of the contentDetails.bulletinPosted.videoId property.
userRateLimitExceeded (403) rateLimitExceeded The request cannot be completed because you have exceeded your quota.