How to apply for a YouTube API Key, find the YouTube Playlist ID and create a WordPress YouTube playlist gallery

This tutorial will show you how to apply for a YouTube API Key, find the YouTube Playlist ID and create a YouTube playlist gallery for your WordPress.

The gallery will automatically update itself when you add new videos to your YouTube playlist.

There are 3 steps to create a WordPress YouTube playlist gallery:

  • Step 1 - Apply for a YouTube API key
  • Step 2 - Get your YouTube playlist ID
  • Step 3 - Create the YouTube playlist gallery with the plugin Wonder Gallery

Step 1 - Apply for a YouTube API key

There are 5 substeps when applying for a YouTube API key.

1: Log into the Google API Console

Visit Google API Console and login with your YouTube/Google ID: https://console.cloud.google.com/apis/

2: Create a project in Google API Dashboard

In Google API dashboard, click the button "Create Project", then follow the screens, enter a project name and create a new project.

apply for a YouTube API Key

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3: Enable YouTube Data API v3

In Google API dashboard, click Library on the left menu.

apply for a YouTube API Key

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Look for the service YouTube -> YouTube Data API v3:

apply for a YouTube API Key

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Click YouTube Data API v3, then click the Enable button to enable the API service.

apply for a YouTube API Key

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4: Create a Google API key

In Google API dashboard, click "Credentials" on the left menu, then click the button Create credentials, select API key from the drop down list.

apply for a YouTube API Key

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5: Copy the created API key

apply for a YouTube API Key

If you want to restrict your key so it can only be used from your own web sites, you can click the button "Restrict Key" and configure the restriction, otherwise you can click the Close button.

Step 2 - Find your YouTube playlist ID

1. Login your YouTube account, click Playlists in the top menu, then click the playlist to edit it.

Find YouTube playlist ID

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2. Click the Share button, copy playlist ID from the Share URL.

Find YouTube playlist ID

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Step 3 - Create a WordPress YouTube playlist gallery

There are 3 substeps to create a YouTube playlist gallery for your WordPress.

1. Install the plugin Wonder Gallery

First please install the plugin Wonder Gallery. You can download the Free Version, try it, make sure it works for you before upgrading to the commercial version.

WordPress YouTube playlist gallery

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2. Create a new gallery, enter your YouTube API key and the YouTube playlist ID

In your WordPress dashboard, left menu, goto Wonder Gallery -> New Gallery, create a new gallery.

In the gallery editor, step 1, click the button "Add YouTube Playlist".

WordPress YouTube playlist gallery

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In the Add YouTube Playlist dialog, enter your YouTube API key and the YouTube playlist ID.

WordPress YouTube playlist gallery

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3. Publish the gallery, add the gallery to a WordPress page or post

Click the Save & Publish button to publish the gallery, copy the provided shortcode and paste it to your WordPress post or page.

A demo created with this tutorial is as follows: