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Kodi YouTube API Key – How to Solve YouTube-sourced Kodi Addons YouTube Access Issue for Good

Author by Oswald

Updated on July 20, 2023

This post is primarily for helping to solve YouTube API Keys issues on Kodi. I'll explain what a YouTube API key is, how to get one, and how to integrate it with YouTube-sourced Kodi addons to solve the problem once and for all.  

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Part 1. What Is YouTube API Key and What Does It Do with Kodi

Many great Kodi addons these days scrape YouTube channels & videos as its source, when using them you may encounter an error message saying: ‘YouTube access not configured project has been scheduled for deletion',; Or an addon unequivocally suggests that it requires the entering of an API key for its functionality: ‘A personal YouTube API key is required for the function of the addon'.

YouTube API key is an essential authorization credentials code to be able to use the YouTube Data API (YouTube Application Programming Interface), which allows developers to access video statistics and YouTube channels data.

In that case, you must acquire a personal YouTube API key and integrate it with the Kodi addon for it being able to access YouTube video statistics and YouTube channels data.

And in the following I'll show you how to get a free personal YouTube API key from Google Cloud Platform – It's simple, but not really easy, so be sure to stay close to the following guide.

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Typical Kodi addon YouTube access issueTypical Kodi addon YouTube access issue

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Part 2. How to Get Your Personal YouTube API Key

Step 1. Navigate to Google Cloud Platform with your web browser and sigh in with your Google account.

Step 2. Click on Create a project.

Click on create a project

Step 3. Define a Project name and hit Create.

Create a project



Step 5. From API Library, click on YouTube Data API v3.

Click on YouTube Data API v3

Step 6. Click Enable.

Click Enable



Step 8. Complete the info of your project as the snapshot below and hit What credentials do I need?

Complete your project info


Set up consent screen

Step 10. A new page pops up, set User Type as External and click Create.

Configure your addons as External

Step 11. Complete and click Save underneath.

Complete the consent screen

Step 12. Get back to the Credential Wizard, click Refresh and click Create OAuth client ID.

Create OAuth client ID

Step 13. Click Done.

Click Done

Step 14. Open CREATE CREDENTIALS tab and click API Key.


Step 15. Voila, API key created, and there'll be an icon on the right side for copying it to clipboard.

Get the API key

Step 16. Close the API Key dialog, and the name of OAuth 2.0 Client IDs is your API ID and API Secret.

Get API ID and API Secret

Part 3. Solve Kodi Addon Problems with YouTube API Key

Usually, users can add their YouTube API key from the addons' configuration menu. Here I'll take the official YouTube addon as an instance to demonstrate the process.

Step 1. Launch Kodi, go to Video add-ons, right-click on YouTube addon and click Settings.

Go to the Settings menu

Step 2. Move the cursor over API tab, and enter CORRECTLY your API key, API ID and API secret (same with API ID) respectively. When it's all set, click OK. And it's done!

Enter API info

On most third-party developed addons, the processes of integrating YouTube API key may vary but always apply to the same principle. You just need to go to the settings window > Configuration > API tab > Enable personal API keys (if there's a switch looks like this) > enter your YouTube API key.

Configuration on other addons

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That should solve most of the Kodi addon YouTube access problems. If you have questions and further issues about YouTube API key on Kodi, feel free to reach me on Twitter. Have a good one!

Now that you perhaps have your problems solved and can get back on your Kodi journey, here're some great posts you may be interested in:

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Additional Reading: Kodi FAQs

· What is Kodi?

A: Kodi is a free and open-source media player software application developed by the XBMC Foundation. Kodi features a sleek option buttons layout, easy to navigate GUI (Graphical User Interface), wide scope of video format supported, and smooth video playback performance and the specialty in serving as a media library for Kodi users to manage their media collection. The best part of Kodi is that the numerous versatile Kodi addons that capture online media streams, to provide users with gorgeous audiovisual content without cost.

· Is Kodi Legal?

Kodi is legal, using Kodi is legal, and using Kodi addons is also legal. Certain contents on Kodi addons, however, could be illicit when you stream them. So that we suggest you stream contents under the public domains only.

· What are Kodi Addons? Why Do I Need Addons for Kodi?

A: For those who don't know, the official Kodi version doesn't provide any content whatsoever. Unofficial Kodi versions, however, are not recommended to use since they might bring you malware and other risks. To explore the full potential of Kodi on the official version, installing addons for Kodi is an essential process. Kodi addons will pull media resources from network streams to create a free connection between Kodi and online media resources, thus we Kodi users get to enjoy free movies, live TV, live sports, TV shows, etc. without cost.

· What are Kodi Repositories?

A: Kodi repositories, Kodi repos in abbreviation, are containers like addon bundles that contain a set of featured addons. By installing a Kodi repository instead of individual Addons, the Addons are automatically updated when a new version is released. Kodi repositories come in the form of ZIP files or a source URL, and adding addons to Kodi is often based on the repo's installation.

· Can't understand the language of Kodi interface, or prefer another language instead of the default English?

A: Here you can learn how to change language in Kodi so that you can understand.

· I have some private media folders and add-ons that I don't want to be accessible by others, is there any way that I can encrypt Kodi?

A: Yes, here you can learn how to set a password for Kodi to protect your privacy.<

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· My Kodi buffers a LOT during video playback, any fixes?

A: If there's nothing wrong with your network connection and bandwidth, and you're in no reason to be throttled by your Internet service provider, then Kodi buffering can very likely be boiled down to heavy cache. For smooth viewing enjoyment, learn how to clear Kodi cache in the simplest way, and this is also a possible fix to Failed to Install a Dependency Kodi issue.

· I received a message saying: “Couldn't retrieve directory information. This could be due to the network not being connected. Would you like to add it anyway?” when adding media source to Kodi, what gives?

A: The cause of that issue varies, here you can learn about some possible fixes for “Kodi unable to connect” error.

· Some of my Kodi addons are not working, how to remove them to free up my storage space?

A: The original repository or media source of installed addons will get blocked or shut down - happens all the time. To slim your Kodi, you should learn how to remove unnecessary and invalid addons.

· I once lost everything in my Kodi, don't want that happen again, any suggestion?

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· I've found a great addon on Github but I don't have its media source URL, how can I install it on Kodi from Github directly?

A: There's a practical addon called Git Browser that was developed for that, learn how to install Git Browser on Kodi.

· Suffering from playback issues like video buffering/stuttering, video can't play, video no sound, weird color display, etc. on Kodi default video player.

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· I've encountered an error message saying "Check the log for more information" and I have no idea what's going on, what should I do?

A: That error occurs all the time when we use Kodi. Kodi log file can be used to analyze and find the problem for experienced users; and can also be uploaded to the Kodi official forum for help as required for general users, so as to facilitate those people or experts to locate specific error information and offer the most practical and accurate solution. On this page you'll learn how to check Kodi error log file on any device.

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