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Invidious - open source Youtube frontend


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Invidious is a free and open-source alternative frontend to YouTube. It is available as a Docker container, or from the GitHub master branch. It is intended to be used as a lightweight and "privacy-respecting" alternative to the official YouTube website. Invidious does not use the official YouTube API, but scrapes the website for video and metadata such as likes and views. This is done intentionally to decrease the amount of data shared with Google. The web-scraping tool is called the Invidious Developer API.

Wiki page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invidious

Website: https://invidious.io/

API docs: https://docs.invidious.io/api/


By sending requests to Invidious API, you can get various information about YouTube videos, such as title, description, subtitles, available formats, direct links, and much more.


#include "JSON.au3"

;URL for sorted JSON list of API instances
Const $INVAPI_INSTANCE_LIST_URL = "https://api.invidious.io/instances.json?sort_by=type,api,users"

;Get list of API instances
$sResponse = BinaryToString(InetRead($INVAPI_INSTANCE_LIST_URL))

;Parse response and get first URL from list
$sFirstInstanceURL = (_JSON_Parse($sResponse)[0])[1].uri

;API request
$sResponse = BinaryToString(InetRead($sFirstInstanceURL & "/api/v1/videos/" & $TEST_YOUTUBE_VIDEO_ID & "?fields=videoId,title,description"))

;Parse response and output it
$JsonData = _JSON_Parse($sResponse)
MsgBox(64, "Info", _
    "Video ID: <" & ($JsonData).videoId & ">" & @CRLF & @CRLF & _
    "Title: <" & ($JsonData).title & ">" & @CRLF & @CRLF & _
    "Description: <" & ($JsonData).description & ">")



For this example I used AspirinJunkie's JSON UDF.


Edited by Nisteo
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