Subscriptions: insert

Adds a subscription for the authenticated user's channel.

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.

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

Request body

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

  • You must specify a value for these properties:

    • snippet.resourceId

  • You can set values for these properties:

    • snippet.resourceId


If successful, this method returns a subscription 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) subscriptionDuplicate The subscription that you are trying to create already exists.
badRequest (400) subscriptionForbidden You have reached your maximum number of subscriptions.
badRequest (400) subscriptionForbidden Subscribing to your own channel is not supported.
badRequest (400) subscriptionForbidden Too many recent subscriptions. Please try again in a few hours.
forbidden (403) subscriptionForbidden The request is not properly authenticated or not supported for this channel.
notFound (404) publisherNotFound The resource specified by the request's snippet.resourceId property cannot be found.
notFound (404) subscriberNotFound The subscriber identified with the request cannot be found.
required (400) publisherRequired The subscription resource specified in the request must use the snippet.resourceId property to identify the channel that is being subscribed to.

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