Collect comments data for YouTube videos

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Collect comments data for YouTube videos


This function collects public comments data for one or more YouTube videos using the YouTube Data API v3 and structures the data into a dataframe with the class names "datasource" and "youtube".

YouTube has a quota unit system as a rate limit with most developers having either 10,000 or 1,000,000 units per day. Many read operations cost a base of 1 unit such as retrieving individual comments, plus 1 or 2 units for text snippets. Retrieving threads or top-level comments with text costs 3 units per request (maximum 100 comments per request). Using this function a video with 250 top-level comments and 10 of those having reply comments of up to 100 each, should cost (9 + 20) 29 quota units and return between 260 and 1260 total comments. There is currently a limit of 100 reply comments collected per top-level comment.

More information about the YouTube Data API v3 can be found here:


## S3 method for class 'youtube'
  videoIDs = c(),
  verbose = FALSE,
  writeToFile = FALSE,
  maxComments = 1e+10,



A credential object generated from Authenticate with class name "youtube".


Character vector. Specifies YouTube video URLs or IDs. For example, if the video URL is then use URL or ID videoIDs = c("xxxxxxxxxxx").


Logical. Output additional information about the data collection. Default is FALSE.


Logical. Write collected data to file. Default is FALSE.


Numeric integer. Specifies how many top-level comments to collect from each video. This value does not consider replies to top-level comments. The total number of comments returned for a video will usually be greater than maxComments depending on the number of reply comments present.


Additional parameters passed to function. Not used in this method.


A tibble object with class names "datasource" and "youtube".


Due to specifications of the YouTube Data API it is currently not efficient to specify the exact number of comments to return from the API using maxComments parameter. The maxComments parameter is applied to top-level comments only and not the replies to these comments. As such the number of comments collected is usually greater than expected. For example, if maxComments is set to 10 and one of the videos 10 top-level comments has 5 reply comments then the total number of comments collected will be 15 for that video. Comments data for multiple YouTube videos can be requested in a single operation, maxComments is applied to each individual video and not the combined total of comments.


## Not run: 
# list of YouTube video urls or ids to collect
video_ids <- c("",

# collect approximately 200 threads/comments for each YouTube video
youtubeData <- youtubeAuth |>
  Collect(videoIDs = video_ids, writeToFile = TRUE, verbose = FALSE, maxComments = 200)

## End(Not run)

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