YouTube Data API: No-code Connector for Excel and Google Sheets

Last Modified: April 1, 2024 - 6 min read

Hannah Recker

Incorporating YouTube’s Data API into your Excel sheets means direct access to up-to-the-minute analytics on your video content.

Getting this data into Excel in a useful way, however, can be tricky.

This guide will show you how to do it easily, so you can start making better decisions with your YouTube data, no matter how much experience you have.

Why Export YouTube Data via API?

For marketers, content creators, and analysts alike, YouTube analytics offers invaluable insights into viewer behavior, engagement rates, and overall content performance.

  • Access to Real-Time Data: Keep your datasets fresh with the newest YouTube analytics, making your decision-making as current as possible.
  • In-depth Analysis: Deep dive into video metrics, understanding your audience better, right from your Excel workbook.
  • Tailored Reports: Customize your Excel reports to meet your specific analytical goals, showcasing your insights in a clear, easy-to-act manner.

How to Use YouTube Data API: 3 Methods

Method 1| Coefficient: No-Code, Fully Automated

For both technical and non-technical users, Coefficient emerges as the simplest pathway to transfer YouTube data into Excel.

With a few clicks, anyone can bring needed data into their spreadsheets without coding. This is particularly valuable for users of Excel for Web who may not have Power Query access.

To install Coefficient, open Excel from your desktop or in Office Online.

Click ‘File’ > ‘Get Add-ins’ > ‘More Add-Ins.’

Guide on accessing More Add-Ins through the File menu in Excel

Type “Coefficient” in the search bar and click  ‘Add.’

Searching for Coefficient in Excel Add-ins search bar

A pop-up will open up. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.

Pop-up window instructions for Coefficient installation

Once finished, you will see a “Coefficient” tab at the top navigation bar.

Click ‘Open Sidebar’ to launch Coefficient.

Process of opening the Coefficient sidebar in Excel

Select ‘Import from…’

Selecting the Import from option in Coefficient interface

Scroll down until you find YouTube Analytics and click ‘Connect.’

Connecting to YouTube Analytics through Coefficient

Follow the prompts to authorize Coefficient to your YouTube account.

 Authorization prompts for linking Coefficient to a YouTube account

Select the Google/YouTube account you wish to connect to.

Selecting a Google/YouTube account to connect with Coefficient

“Allow” Coefficient permission to access your Google/YouTube account.

Granting Coefficient permission to access Google/YouTube account

You can choose to share your connection with other members by selecting “Yes, share”. If you prefer to keep the connection private, select “Not right now”.

Option to share Coefficient connection with team members or not

Return to YouTube Analytics from the Coefficient menu ‘Import from…’ > ‘YouTube Analytics’ > ‘Start from scratch’

Navigating to YouTube Analytics import start from scratch in Coefficient

Select the type of report you want to import from (eg. Channel Metrics) then hit “Next”.

Choosing report types for YouTube data import in Coefficient

Select the fields needed for your Dimensions and Metrics. Click inside the white box area for each section to search for the fields you need.

The data previewer shows a sneak peek of the data from the fields you select.

Customizing dimensions and metrics for YouTube report in Coefficient

Customize your import by changing the date range, and adding filters and/or row limits as needed.

Click the “Refresh Preview” option to update the sample data based on the customizations that are added.

Refreshing preview of YouTube data customization before importing to Excel

Click ‘Import’ to automatically export your YouTube data to Excel.

Importing customized YouTube analytics data into Excel

You can also set up automatic data updates to schedule data syncs between YouTube and Excel. Choose whether to run daily, hourly, or weekly automatic data updates.

Setting up automatic data updates between YouTube and Excel

With automatic data updates, your YouTube data is always up-to-date in your spreadsheet. That means you can build live dashboards and reports on top of the data without performing cumbersome manual updates.

Method 2| Manual CSV Export and Import

Step 1: Access YouTube Analytics

Log in to your YouTube account and head to the Analytics section in YouTube Studio.

Log in to your YouTube account and navigate to the Analytics section in YouTube Studio.

Step 2: Choose the Data to Export

Click ‘Advanced Mode’ in the top right corner.

Navigating to Advanced Mode in YouTube Analytics for detailed data

Select the desired data types, such as watch time, audience demographics, or traffic sources.

Select the desired data types, such as watch time, audience demographics, or traffic sources.

Step 3: Exporting the Data

Click on the ‘Export’ option in YouTube Analytics and choose CSV format.

Click on the 'Export' option in YouTube Analytics and choose CSV format.

Step 4: Import to Excel

Open Excel and import your CSV to begin your analysis!  


  • No coding knowledge required.
  • Direct control over which data to analyze.


  • Time-consuming
  • Limited by the data YouTube’s UI allows to export
  • Not suitable for real-time data analyses

Method 3| Google Apps Script

In this method, you’ll write a simple script to call the YouTube Data API, retrieve desired analytics, and export them to a Google Sheet. From there, you can download it as a CSV and export it to Excel.

Far from convenient, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Step 1: Set Up Your Project in Google Apps Script

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  • Navigate to Google Apps Script and sign in with your Google account.
  • Click on “New Project” to create a new script project.
Initiating a New Project in the script editor for custom scripts

Step 2: Enable YouTube Data API

  • Access the Google Cloud Console at Google Cloud Console.
  • Choose or create a project where you plan to use the YouTube Data API.
  • Navigate to “APIs & Services” > “Dashboard” and click on “ENABLE APIS AND SERVICES.”
  • Search for “YouTube Data API v3”, select it, and then click “Enable”.

Step 3: Write the Script to Fetch YouTube Data

  • Return to your Google Apps Script project.
  • In the script editor, delete any code in the file and replace it with the following template script:

function fetchYouTubeAnalytics() {

  let sheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet().getActiveSheet();

  let channelId = ‘YOUR_CHANNEL_ID’; // Replace with your Channel ID

  let apiKey = ‘YOUR_API_KEY’; // Replace with your API key

  let apiURL = `${channelId}&key=${apiKey}`;

  let response = UrlFetchApp.fetch(apiURL);

  let jsonResponse = JSON.parse(response.getContentText());

  let statistics = jsonResponse.items[0].statistics;

  // Assuming Row 1 is for headers and data starts from Row 2

  let dataRow = 2;

  sheet.getRange(dataRow, 1).setValue(channelId);

  sheet.getRange(dataRow, 2).setValue(statistics.viewCount);

  sheet.getRange(dataRow, 3).setValue(statistics.subscriberCount);

  // Add more statistics as desired


  • Update the channelId and apiKey variables with your channel’s ID and your API key.
Replacing existing code with a template script

Step 4: Run the Script

  • Click the play button in the toolbar to run your fetchYouTubeAnalytics function.
  • You may be prompted to authorize the application; follow the prompts to continue

Step 5: Export Data to Excel

  • Once the script successfully updates your Excel with YouTube data, go to “File” > “Download” > “Microsoft Excel (.xlsx)” in Google Sheets to download the file.


  • Highly customizable to specific data needs.
  • No additional cost for using Google Apps Script.


  • Requires knowledge of JavaScript.
  • Manual process to export and import data.
  • Not real-time; data needs to be refreshed manually.

Unlock the Power of YouTube Data with Coefficient

Whether you’re a seasoned data analyst or a content creator looking to glean more insight from your YouTube channel, integrating the YouTube Data API with Excel is a formidable strategy to understand and enhance your video content performance.

 From the simplicity and efficiency of Coefficient’s no-code solution to the customizable, albeit more complex, manual methods, the power of data is at your fingertips.

Dive into Coefficient for an effortless, robust solution to YouTube data integration and elevate your analytics game. Embark on your data-driven journey today by visiting Coefficient’s website.

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Hannah Recker Growth Marketer
Hannah Recker was a data-driven growth marketer before partying in the data became a thing. In her 12 years experience, she's become fascinated with the way data enablement amongst teams can truly make or break a business. This fascination drove her to taking a deep dive into the data industry over the past 4 years in her work at StreamSets and Coefficient.
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