Captions: list

Returns a list of caption tracks that are associated with a specified video. Note that the API response does not contain the actual captions and that the method provides the ability to retrieve a caption track.

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

Common use cases


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 specifies the caption resource parts that the API response will include.

The list below contains the part names that you can include in the parameter value:
  • id
  • snippet
videoId string
The videoId parameter specifies the YouTube video ID of the video for which the API should return caption tracks.
Optional parameters
id string
The id parameter specifies a comma-separated list of IDs that identify the caption resources that should be retrieved. Each ID must identify a caption track associated with the specified video.
onBehalfOfContentOwner string
This parameter can only be used in a properly authorized request. Note: This parameter is intended exclusively for YouTube content partners.

The onBehalfOfContentOwner parameter indicates that the request's authorization credentials identify a YouTube CMS user who is acting on behalf of the content owner specified in the parameter value. This parameter is intended for YouTube content partners that own and manage many different YouTube channels. It allows content owners to authenticate once and get access to all their video and channel data, without having to provide authentication credentials for each individual channel. The actual CMS account that the user authenticates with must be linked to the specified YouTube content owner.

Request body

Do not provide a request body when calling this method.


If successful, this method returns a response body with the following structure:

  "kind": "youtube#captionListResponse",
  "etag": etag,
  "items": [
    caption Resource


The following table defines the properties that appear in this resource:

kind string
Identifies the API resource's type. The value will be youtube#captionListResponse.
etag etag
The Etag of this resource.
items[] list
A list of captions that match the request criteria.


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
forbidden (403) forbidden One or more caption tracks could not be retrieved because the permissions associated with the request are not sufficient to retrieve the requested resources. The request might not be properly authorized.
notFound (404) captionNotFound One or more of the specified caption tracks could not be found. This error occurs if the videoId parameter identifies an actual video, but the id parameter either identifies caption track IDs that do not exist or track IDs that are associated with other videos. Check the values of the request's id and videoId parameters to ensure that they are correct.
notFound (404) videoNotFound The video identified by the videoId parameter could not be found.

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