Adding a YouTube Source

You can add YouTube brand or user channel content to your Coveo organization. Coveo makes YouTube channel video metadata (such as its title and descriptions) searchable by all members of the Coveo organization. The YouTube search results can include a thumbnail image of the video to more easily identify the video content.

  • The video audio itself isn’t made searchable. Only the video metadata is searchable. Ensure your video metadata such as title, description, and tags contains all related keywords that people may use to improve each video.

  • The YouTube source doesn’t support incremental refresh. A source full refresh is required to update the source content (see Modify a Source Schedule).

Source Features Summary

Features Supported Additional information
YouTube version Data API (v3)
Searchable content types Metadata on videos, channel playlists, and playlist items.
Content update Incremental refresh

Full refresh or rebuild needed to retrieve:

  • Deleted videos

  • Changes on videos

  • Statistics on video (e.g., view counts, likes, etc.) updates

  • Playlist and playlist item updates.

Full refresh
Permission types Secured
Private Only accessible once the source is created in the Sources page [Learn more]

Add a YouTube Source

To edit a YouTube source, see Edit the Source Configuration to Re-index its Content or Re-authorize the Access, and then follow the steps below, starting from step 4.

  1. If not already done, log in to your Coveo organization.

  2. In the navigation bar on the left, under Search Content, select Sources, and then click Add Source.

  3. On the Add Source page, click YouTube.

    When you create a source, you become the owner of the source.

  4. In the Add/Edit a YouTube Source dialog box:


    1. In the Source Name box, enter a descriptive name of your choice for the source.

    2. In the URLs box, enter the website address of one or more YouTube user or brand channels.

    3. Enable the Index Playlists option only when the channel you index contains playlists pointing to videos from other channels.

      When a playlist points to videos in the indexed channel, selecting Index Playlists indexes the videos twice (the original and the playlist sibling).

      The YouTube Channel that you index contains several videos and a few playlists pointing only to videos from the channel. One specific VideoA is part of 3 playlists. You select Index Playlists, and rebuild your source. In the search results, VideoA appears 4 times!

    4. Click Start Indexing (or Refresh Index when editing the source).

  5. Back on the Sources page, you can review the progress of your YouTube source addition (see Review the State of Sources Available to You).

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