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Tim_Shrout
5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

Hi all, I'm wondering if it's possible to create a script/automation that automatically performs a Youtube Search using fields from my Base. Specifically, I think what I'm after is something like this:

  1. When a new record is created, run a search query on Youtube using the contents of Field A
  2. Get the first result from that search
  3. Update Field B with the URL of that first search result.

Alternatively, I bet that a Google search of [contents of Field A] + ["Youtube"] would work as well.

I searched the Integrations and Automations libraries and haven't found anything existing. I've not written any scripts of my own but might be able to finagle editing an existing one if there's a decent starting point.

Any ideas from the community here? Thanks so much!

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I don’t know JavaScript, but in general, you would need to custom-code your own API calls to YouTube. Here is their search API: https://developers.google.com/youtube/v3/docs/search/list

Javascript would be one way of crafting your own API call, although you wouldn’t need to use any JavaScript at all if you used a low-code tool like DataFetcher or Make’s HTTP module to craft your API calls.

If you’re new to APIs, I would get practice making YouTube calls with Postman.

And then, after that, I typically use Make for everything. There can be a bit of a learning curve with Make, which is why I created this basic navigation video for Make, along with providing the link to Make’s free training courses. Alternatively, if you have a budget for your project to hire an Airtable/Make consultant to set this up for you, feel free to contact me through my website: https://www.scottworld.com