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This page has a generic overview with how the Tube Archivist API functions. This is the place to start.


These API endpoints have changed in the past and will change again while building out additional integrations and functionality. For the time being, don't expect backwards compatibility for third party integrations using these endpoints.


Endpoints marked as experimental are particularly likely to change again.


Not all endpoints will return expected status codes for errors, e.g. sometimes you'll see an error 500 Server Error even though it should be 400 Bad request. If you encounter any such cases, please fix them as you find them, no need to clutter up the issue queue.


  • All changes to the API are marked with a [API] keyword for easy searching, for example search for commits. You'll find the same in the release notes.
  • Check the commit history and release notes to see if a documented feature is already in your release. The documentation might be ahead of the regular release schedule.


API token will get automatically created, accessible on the settings page. Token needs to be passed as an authorization header with every request. Additionally session based authentication is enabled too: When you are logged into your TubeArchivist instance, you'll have access to the api in the browser for testing.

Curl example:

curl -v /api/video/<video-id>/ \
    -H "Authorization: Token xxxxxxxxxx"

Python requests example:

import requests

url = "/api/video/<video-id>/"
headers = {"Authorization": "Token xxxxxxxxxx"}
response = requests.get(url, headers=headers)


The list views return a paginate object with the following keys:

  • page_size: int current page size set in config
  • page_from: int first result idx
  • prev_pages: array of ints of previous pages, if available
  • current_page: int current page from query
  • max_hits: bool if max of 10k results is reached
  • params: str additional url encoded query parameters
  • last_page: int of last page link
  • next_pages: array of ints of next pages
  • total_hits: int total results

Pass page number as a query parameter: page=2. Defaults to 0, page=1 is redundant and falls back to 0. If a page query doesn't return any results, you'll get HTTP 404 Not Found.