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Week 1: Invidious API and Geo-Bypass

Published August 13, 2018, tags: invidious, patreon

Migrated from Patreon. Original post here.

Hello everyone! This past week there have been quite a few things worthy of mention:

I'm happy to announce the Invidious Developer API. The Invidious API does not use any** **of the official YouTube APIs, and instead crawls the site to provide a JSON interface for other developers to use. It's still under development but is already powering CloudTube. The API currently does not have a quota (compared to YouTube) which I hope to continue thanks to continued support from my Patrons. Hopefully other developers find it useful, and I hope to continue to improve it so it can better serve the community.

Just today partial support for bypassing geo-restrictions has been added with fada57a. If a video is unblocked in one of: United States, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, Russia, or United Kingdom, then Invidious will be able to serve video info. Currently you will not yet be able to access the video files themselves, but in the coming week I hope to proxy videos so that users can enjoy content across borders.

Support for generating DASH manifests has been fixed, in the coming week I hope to integrate this functionality into the watch page, so users can view videos in 1080p and above.

Thank you everyone for your continued interest and support!