How to Use Youtube API to Upload Video in PHP Directly

Upload Video in PHP

Youtube is one of the most popular video-sharing site and everybody knows it. But what if you can upload video in PHP directly from your site? The Youtube API allows developers to integrate functionality of uploading video directly through your PHP website. And using Youtube API to upload video in PHP can display video at web application by the Youtube video ID. This will reduce the server space, and offer a simple way for playing videos directly on website.

In this PHP tutorial, we’ll discuss how to develop PHP scripts to upload video in PHP using Youtube API.

In order to develop this demo, we’ll need following.

  1. Database
  2. JS
  3. CSS
  4. CODE
  5. Includes
  6. Src

First, let’s start with the Database.

Login with your phpmyadmin – http://localhost/phpmyadmin

Find create button, and create a new database.

Now click on import button and select youtube_video.sql file.

Once the database is imported successfully, next step is to put CSS and JS file into project directory.

We’ll start with following Code Structure.

  1. Index.php
  2. Config.php
  3. Logout.php

Creating Youtube API Key to Upload Video in PHP

Go to Google developers console –

Create a new project by clicking on Create Project button.

In the project name field, type the name of your project.
In project ID field, the console will provide a project ID. However, the project ID must be unique.

Now hit Create button.

Once you create project successfully, find APIs tab in the sidebar. Here, a list of Google API will appear.

Find the Google+API service and set its status to Enable.

Also find the Youtube Data API service and set its status to Enable.

Now go to Credentials under APIs & auth section.

Create a new Client ID.

A dialog box will appear to choose application type. Select Web Application and click on Configure consent screen button.

Next, Choose email address and enter product name.

In the Authorized Javascript origins field, enter your app origin to allow it to run on protocols, subdomains, and domains.

Now in the Authorized Redirect URL field, enter your redirect URL.

At last, click on Create Client ID.

Start Code Integration



if(session_id() != '') session_destroy(); 


if($_GET['err'] == 'bf'){ 

$errorMsg = 'Please select a video file for upload.'; 

}elseif($_GET['err'] == 'ue'){ 

$errorMsg = 'Sorry, there was an error uploading your file.'; 

}elseif($_GET['err'] == 'fe'){ 

$errorMsg = 'Sorry, only MP4, AVI, MPEG, MPG, MOV & WMV files are allowed.'; 


$errorMsg = 'Some problems occured, please try again.'; 




<!DOCTYPE html> 



<title>SPACE-O :: Youtube upload</title> 

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="css/style.css"/> 



<div class="youtube-box"> 

<h1>Upload video to YouTube using PHP</h1> 

<form method="post" name="multiple_upload_form" id="multiple_upload_form" enctype="multipart/form-data" action="youtube_upload.php"> 

<?php echo (!empty($errorMsg))?'<p class="err-msg">'.$errorMsg.'</p>':''; ?> 

<label for="title">Title:</label><input type="text" name="title" id="title" value="" /> 

<label for="description">Description:</label> <textarea name="description" id="description" cols="20" rows="2" ></textarea> 

<label for="tags">Tags:</label> <input type="text" name="tags" id="tags" value="" /> 

<label for="video_file">Choose Video File:</label> <input type="file" name="videoFile" id="videoFile" > 

<input name="videoSubmit" id="submit" type="submit" value="Upload"> 






define('HOST', 'localhost'); 

define('USERNAME', '{USERNAME}'); 

define('PASSWORD', '{PASSWORD}'); 

define('DATABASE_NAME', 'youtube_video'); 

//Connect and select the database 


if ($db->connect_error) { 

    die("Connection failed: " . $db->connect_error); 


NOTE: change value of HOST , USERNAME , PASSWORD , DATABASE_NAME after change run your DB.php file in browser. If you got any error then you may put value wrong.



    // OAUTH Configuration 

    $oauthClientID = '{ClientID}'; 

    $oauthClientSecret = '{Scereat Key}'; 

    $baseUri = 'http://localhost/DEMO/youtube_demo/'; 

    $redirectUri =$baseUri.'/youtube_upload.php'; 







    // Include google client libraries 

    require_once 'src/autoload.php'; 

    require_once 'src/Client.php'; 

    require_once 'src/Service/YouTube.php'; 



    $client = new Google_Client(); 





    $youtube = new Google_Service_YouTube($client); 





require_once 'config.php'; 

require_once 'includes/DB.php'; 

// create an object of class DB. 

$db = new DB; 


$videoTitle = $_REQUEST['title']; 

$videoDesc = $_REQUEST['description']; 

$videoTags = $_REQUEST['tags']; 

if($_FILES["videoFile"]["name"] != ''){ 

    $fileSize = $_FILES['videoFile']['size']; 

    $fileType = $_FILES['videoFile']['type']; 

    $fileName = str_shuffle('nityanandamaity').'-'.basename($_FILES["videoFile"]["name"]); 

$targetDir = "videos/"; 

$targetFile = $targetDir . $fileName; 

$allowedTypeArr = array("video/mp4", "video/avi", "video/mpeg", "video/mpg", "video/mov", "video/wmv", "video/rm"); 

if(in_array($fileType, $allowedTypeArr)) { 

    if(move_uploaded_file($_FILES['videoFile']['tmp_name'], $targetFile)) { 

        $videoFilePath = $targetFile; 









// insert video data 







// get last video data 

$result = $db->getLastRow(); 


 * You can acquire an OAuth 2.0 client ID and client secret from the 

 * Google Developers Console <> 

 * For more information about using OAuth 2.0 to access Google APIs, please see: 

 * <> 

 * Please ensure that you have enabled the YouTube Data API for your project. 


if (isset($_GET['code'])) { 

if (strval($_SESSION['state']) !== strval($_GET['state'])) { 

  die('The session state did not match.'); 



$_SESSION['token'] = $client->getAccessToken(); 

header('Location: ' . REDIRECT_URI); 


if (isset($_SESSION['token'])) { 



$htmlBody = ''; 

// Check to ensure that the access token was successfully acquired. 

if ($client->getAccessToken()) { 


    // REPLACE this value with the path to the file you are uploading. 

    $videoPath = $result['video_path']; 

    // Create a snippet with title, description, tags and category ID 

    // Create an asset resource and set its snippet metadata and type. 

    // This example sets the video's title, description, keyword tags, and 

    // video category. 

    $snippet = new Google_Service_YouTube_VideoSnippet(); 




    // Numeric video category. See 



    // Set the video's status to "public". Valid statuses are "public", 

    // "private" and "unlisted". 

    $status = new Google_Service_YouTube_VideoStatus(); 

    $status->privacyStatus = "public"; 

    // Associate the snippet and status objects with a new video resource. 

    $video = new Google_Service_YouTube_Video(); 



    // Specify the size of each chunk of data, in bytes. Set a higher value for 

    // reliable connection as fewer chunks lead to faster uploads. Set a lower 

    // value for better recovery on less reliable connections. 

    $chunkSizeBytes = 1 * 1024 * 1024; 

    // Setting the defer flag to true tells the client to return a request which can be called 

    // with ->execute(); instead of making the API call immediately. 


    // Create a request for the API's videos.insert method to create and upload the video. 

    $insertRequest = $youtube->videos->insert("status,snippet", $video); 

    // Create a MediaFileUpload object for resumable uploads. 

    $media = new Google_Http_MediaFileUpload( 









    // Read the media file and upload it. 

    $status = false; 

    $handle = fopen($videoPath, "rb"); 

    while (!$status && !feof($handle)) { 

      $chunk = fread($handle, $chunkSizeBytes); 

      $status = $media->nextChunk($chunk); 



    // If you want to make other calls after the file upload, set setDefer back to false 


// Update youtube video ID to database 


// delete video file from local folder 


    $htmlBody .= "<p class='succ-msg'>Video have been uploaded successfully.</p><ul>"; 

$htmlBody .= '<embed width="400" height="315" src="'.$status['id'].'"></embed>'; 

$htmlBody .= '<li><b>Title: </b>'.$status['snippet']['title'].'</li>'; 

$htmlBody .= '<li><b>Description: </b>'.$status['snippet']['description'].'</li>'; 

$htmlBody .= '<li><b>Tags: </b>'.implode(",",$status['snippet']['tags']).'</li>'; 

    $htmlBody .= '</ul>'; 

$htmlBody .= '<a href="logout.php">Logout</a>'; 

  } catch (Google_ServiceException $e) { 

    $htmlBody .= sprintf('<p>A service error occurred: <code>%s</code></p>', 


  } catch (Google_Exception $e) { 

    $htmlBody .= sprintf('<p>An client error occurred: <code>%s</code></p>', htmlspecialchars($e->getMessage())); 

$htmlBody .= 'Please reset session <a href="logout.php">Logout</a>'; 



  $_SESSION['token'] = $client->getAccessToken(); 

} else { 

// If the user hasn't authorized the app, initiate the OAuth flow 

$state = mt_rand(); 


$_SESSION['state'] = $state; 


$authUrl = $client->createAuthUrl(); 

$htmlBody = <<<END 

<h3>Authorization Required</h3> 

<p>You need to <a href="$authUrl">authorize access</a> before proceeding.<p> 




<!DOCTYPE html> 



<title>SPACE-O :: Youtube upload</title> 

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="css/style.css"/> 



<div class="youtube-box"> 

<h1>Upload video to YouTube using PHP</h1> 

<div class="video-up"><a href="<?php echo BASE_URI; ?>">New Upload</a></div> 

<div class="content"> 

<?php echo $htmlBody; ?> 






And Done!

This was just a simple feature. It’s also possible to include additional features like creating playlist, receiving subscription notifications, etc to implement in PHP website. However, if you’re not a technical person, then it’s better that you hire PHP developer to implement Youtube API feature in your website.

Grab a free copy of PHP Video Upload Demo from Github.

This page was last edited on December 2nd, 2016, at 17:37.

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