Playlists: update

Modifies a playlist. For example, you could change a playlist's title, description, or privacy status.

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 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.

Note that this method will override the existing values for mutable properties that are contained in any parts that the request body specifies. For example, a playlist's description is contained in the snippet part, which must be included in the request body. If the request does not specify a value for the snippet.description property, the playlist's existing description will be deleted.

The following list contains the part names that you can include in the parameter value:
  • contentDetails
  • id
  • localizations
  • player
  • snippet
  • status
Optional parameters
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 CMS account that the user authenticates with must be linked to the specified YouTube content owner.

Request body

Provide a playlist resource in the request body. For that resource:

  • You must specify a value for these properties:

    • id
    • snippet.title

  • You can set values for these properties:

    • snippet.title
    • snippet.description
    • status.privacyStatus
    • snippet.defaultLanguage
    • localizations.(key)
    • localizations.(key).title
    • localizations.(key).description

    If you are submitting an update request, and your request does not specify a value for a property that already has a value, the property's existing value will be deleted.


If successful, this method returns a playlist 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) defaultLanguageNotSetError The defaultLanguage must be set to update localizations.
badRequest (400) localizationValidationError One of the values in the localizations object failed validation. Use the playlists.list method to retrieve valid values and make sure to update them following the guidelines in the playlists resource documentation.
forbidden (403) playlistForbidden This operation is forbidden or the request is not properly authorized.
invalidValue (400) invalidPlaylistSnippet The request provides an invalid playlist snippet.
notFound (404) playlistNotFound The playlist identified with the request's id parameter cannot be found.
required (400) playlistTitleRequired The request must specify a playlist title.
invalidValue (400) playlistOperationUnsupported The API does not support the ability to update the specified playlist. For example, you can't update the properties of your uploaded videos playlist.

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