In PHP, What Is The Method To Retrieve A YouTube Video Thumbnail Using The YouTube API?

To get a YouTube video thumbnail from the YouTube API, you can make use of the thumbnails object available in the snippet section of the video resource.

Here’s an example using PHP and the Google API Client Library:

  1. Make sure you have the Google API Client Library installed. You can install it using Composer by running composer require google/apiclient.

  2. Set up the API client and authenticate with your YouTube API credentials. You can create the credentials in the Google Cloud Console.


require_once 'vendor/autoload.php';

$client = new Google_Client();
$client->setApplicationName('YouTube Thumbnail Example');
$client->setDeveloperKey('YOUR_YOUTUBE_API_KEY'); // Replace with your actual API key

$youtube = new Google_Service_YouTube($client);
  1. Retrieve the video information using the YouTube API’s videos->list method and specify the id of the video for which you want the thumbnail.

$videoId = 'VIDEO_ID'; // Replace with the actual video ID

$videoRequest = $youtube->videos->listVideos('snippet', ['id' => $videoId]);
$videos = $videoRequest->getItems();

$thumbnailUrl = $videos[0]['snippet']['thumbnails']['default']['url'];
  1. The $thumbnailUrl variable will now contain the URL of the default thumbnail image of the video. You can access different sizes of the thumbnail by using the following array keys instead of 'default': 'medium', 'high', 'standard', 'maxres'.

Remember to replace 'VIDEO_ID' with the actual ID of the video for which you want the thumbnail.

You can now use the $thumbnailUrl to display the thumbnail image on your website or store it for further use.

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