Custom Functions for Importing YouTube Data into Google Sheets: A comprehensive Guide

How to use custom functions in Google Sheets to fetch search results, videos details, channels details, and comments from YouTube.

Google Apps Script’s ability to pull data from diverse sources and consolidate it into a single, accessible tool is one of its key strengths. This capability is useful when integrating Google products.

In this post, we’ll explore how to leverage Google Apps Script to integrate YouTube and Google Sheets using the YouTube Data API, a great tool that provides broad access to public data on YouTube. This API enables us to extract details about search results, videos, channels, and comments.

Here are the 5 custom functions I’ve written that use the YouTube Data API to pull specific data from YouTube into Google Sheets.

In case you are interested, I provided a detailed explanation of how I developed each of them.

  1. IMPORTVIDEO:
    A custom function that imports into a sheet the details of YouTube videos given their URLs.
  2. IMPORTSEARCH:
    A custom function that imports into a sheet the details of YouTube search results given a search term.
  3. IMPORTCHANNEL:
    A custom function that imports into a sheet the details of YouTube channels given their names.
  4. IMPORTCHANNELVIDEOS:
    A custom function that imports into a sheet the details of a YouTube channel given the channel name.
  5. IMPORTCOMMENTS:
    A custom function that imports into a sheet the comments of a YouTube video given the video URL.

How to use these functions

Please, use the bottom below to get the template sheet with the function ready for use. Then all you need to do is follow the short video tutorial to initialize the script, and you’ll be ready to start calling the function from your spreadsheet.


Joseph Asinyo

Google Workspace Developer

I’m Joseph. I love building applications and writing Google scripts to automate Google Workspace for greater productivity. Learn more about me.

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