YouTube Channel transfers

The BigQuery Data Transfer Service for YouTube lets you automatically schedule and manage recurring load jobs for YouTube Channel reports.

Supported Reports

The BigQuery Data Transfer Service for YouTube Channel reports supports the following reporting options:

Reporting option Support
Supported API version June 18, 2018

Daily, approximately 14:10 UTC

You can configure the time of day

Refresh window

Last 1 day

Not configurable.

Maximum backfill duration

30 days

As of July 2018, YouTube reports containing historical data are available for 30 days from the time that they are generated. (Reports that contain non-historical data are available for 60 days.) For more information, see Historical data in the YouTube Reporting API documentation.

For information on how YouTube Channel reports are transformed into BigQuery tables and views, see YouTube Channel report transformations.

Data ingestion from YouTube Channel transfers

When you transfer data from a YouTube Channel into BigQuery, the data is loaded into BigQuery tables that are partitioned by date. The table partition that the data is loaded into corresponds to the date from the data source. If you schedule multiple transfers for the same date, BigQuery Data Transfer Service overwrites the partition for that specific date with the latest data. Multiple transfers in the same day or running backfills don't result in duplicate data, and partitions for other dates are not affected.


  • The maximum supported file size for each report is 1710 GB.
  • The minimum frequency that you can schedule a data transfer for is once every 24 hours. By default, a transfer starts at the time that you create the transfer. However, you can configure the transfer start time when you set up your transfer.
  • The BigQuery Data Transfer Service does not support incremental transfers during a YouTube Content Owner transfer. When you specify a date for a data transfer, all of the data that is available for that date is transferred.
  • You cannot create a YouTube channel transfer if you are signed in as a federated identity. You can only create a YouTube channel transfer while signed in using a Google Account.

Before you begin

Before you create a YouTube Channel transfer:

Required permissions

Creating a YouTube Channel transfer requires the following:

  • YouTube: Ownership of the YouTube channel
  • BigQuery: The following Identity and Access Management (IAM) permissions in BigQuery:

    • bigquery.transfers.update to create the transfer.
    • bigquery.datasets.get and bigquery.datasets.update on the target dataset.
    • If you intend to set up transfer run notifications for Pub/Sub, you must have pubsub.topics.setIamPolicy permissions. Pub/Sub permissions are not required if you just set up email notifications. For more information, see BigQuery Data Transfer Service run notifications.

The bigquery.admin predefined IAM role includes all of the BigQuery permissions that you need to create a YouTube Channel transfer. For more information about IAM roles in BigQuery, see Predefined roles and permissions.

Set up a YouTube Channel transfer

Setting up a YouTube Channel transfer requires a:

  • Table Suffix: A user-friendly name for the channel provided by you when you set up the transfer. The suffix is appended to the job ID to create the table name, for example reportTypeId_suffix. The suffix is used to prevent separate transfers from writing to the same tables. The table suffix must be unique across all transfers that load data into the same dataset, and the suffix should be short to minimize the length of the resulting table name.

If you currently use the YouTube Reporting API and have existing reporting jobs, the BigQuery Data Transfer Service loads your report data. If you do not have existing reporting jobs, setting up the transfer automatically enables YouTube reporting jobs.

To create a YouTube Channel transfer:


  1. Go to the BigQuery page in the Google Cloud console.

    Go to the BigQuery page

  2. Click Transfers.

  3. Click Create Transfer.

  4. On the Create Transfer page:

    • In the Source type section, for Source, choose YouTube Channel.

      Transfer source

    • In the Transfer config name section, for Display name, enter a name for the transfer such as My Transfer. The transfer name can be any value that allows you to easily identify the transfer if you need to modify it later.

      Transfer name

    • In the Schedule options section:

      • For Repeat frequency, choose an option for how often to run the transfer. If you select Days, provide a valid time in UTC.

        • Hours
        • Days
        • On-demand
      • If applicable, select either Start now or Start at set time and provide a start date and run time.

    • In the Destination settings section, for Destination dataset, choose the dataset you created to store your data.

      Transfer dataset

    • In the Data source details section:

      • For Table suffix, enter a suffix such as MT.
      • Check the box Configure jobs to allow the BigQuery to manage YouTube reporting jobs for you. If there are YouTube reports that don't currently exist for your account, new reporting jobs are created to enable them.

        YouTube Channel source details

    • (Optional) In the Notification options section:

      • Click the toggle to enable email notifications. When you enable this option, the transfer administrator receives an email notification when a transfer run fails.
      • For Select a Pub/Sub topic, choose your topic name or click Create a topic. This option configures Pub/Sub run notifications for your transfer.
  5. Click Save.


Enter the bq mk command and supply the transfer creation flag — --transfer_config. The following flags are also required:

  • --data_source
  • --target_dataset
  • --display_name
  • --params
bq mk \
--transfer_config \
--project_id=project_id \
--target_dataset=dataset \
--display_name=name \
--params='parameters' \


  • project_id is your project ID.
  • dataset is the target dataset for the transfer configuration.
  • name is the display name for the transfer configuration. The transfer name can be any value that allows you to easily identify the transfer if you need to modify it later.
  • parameters contains the parameters for the created transfer configuration in JSON format. For example: --params='{"param":"param_value"}'. For YouTube Channel transfers, you must supply the table_suffix parameter. You may optionally set the configure_jobs parameter to true to allow the BigQuery Data Transfer Service to manage YouTube reporting jobs for you. If there are YouTube reports that don't currently exist for your channel, new reporting jobs are created to enable them.
  • data_source is the data source — youtube_channel.

You can also supply the --project_id flag to specify a particular project. If --project_id isn't specified, the default project is used.

For example, the following command creates a YouTube Channel transfer named My Transfer using table suffix MT, and target dataset mydataset. The transfer is created in the default project:

bq mk \
--transfer_config \
--target_dataset=mydataset \
--display_name='My Transfer' \
--params='{"table_suffix":"MT","configure_jobs":"true"}' \


Use the projects.locations.transferConfigs.create method and supply an instance of the TransferConfig resource.


Before trying this sample, follow the Java setup instructions in the BigQuery quickstart using client libraries. For more information, see the BigQuery Java API reference documentation.

To authenticate to BigQuery, set up Application Default Credentials. For more information, see Set up authentication for client libraries.

import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Map;

// Sample to create youtube channel transfer config.
public class CreateYoutubeChannelTransfer {

  public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException {
    // TODO(developer): Replace these variables before running the sample.
    final String projectId = "MY_PROJECT_ID";
    String datasetId = "MY_DATASET_ID";
    String tableSuffix = "_test";
    Map<String, Value> params = new HashMap<>();
    params.put("table_suffix", Value.newBuilder().setStringValue(tableSuffix).build());
    TransferConfig transferConfig =
            .setDisplayName("Your Youtube Channel Config Name")
    createYoutubeChannelTransfer(projectId, transferConfig);

  public static void createYoutubeChannelTransfer(String projectId, TransferConfig transferConfig)
      throws IOException {
    try (DataTransferServiceClient client = DataTransferServiceClient.create()) {
      ProjectName parent = ProjectName.of(projectId);
      CreateTransferConfigRequest request =
      TransferConfig config = client.createTransferConfig(request);
      System.out.println("Youtube channel transfer created successfully :" + config.getName());
    } catch (ApiException ex) {
      System.out.print("Youtube channel transfer was not created." + ex.toString());

Query your data

When your data is transferred to BigQuery, the data is written to ingestion-time partitioned tables. For more information, see Introduction to partitioned tables.

If you query your tables directly instead of using the auto-generated views, you must use the _PARTITIONTIME pseudo-column in your query. For more information, see Querying partitioned tables.

Troubleshoot YouTube Channel transfer setup

If you are having issues setting up your transfer, see YouTube transfer issues in Troubleshooting transfer configurations.