Enter YouTube username:
Programming by Robert S. Robbins. This web application backs up the information on your favorite YouTube videos to
an Excel spreadsheet. You can then save the Excel file to your hard drive or other
media. The reason you may want to export your favorites from the YouTube database
is because YouTube has been deleting the accounts of content creators who violate
their terms of service. Some accounts have been deleted without warning or explanation.
If your account is deleted you will lose all your favorites and have trouble finding
those videos again. However, if you have backed up the video information then you
can recreate your favorites on a new account. Check out my other
pages to generate a tag cloud or back up your
Internet Explorer will pop up a File Download dialog box giving you the option to Open or Save the YouTube-Favorites.xls file.
You will need Microsoft Office Excel or a program capable of opening
Excel files like Open Office.
If you choose to open the file you will see another dialog box warning
about the file extension. This is because the Excel file is in the HTML
format but is being delivered with the XLS file extension. You can
safely ignore this message so just click yes.
NOTE: It is important to realize that this Excel file is in the HTML format
(essentially a HTML table) and needs to be saved from Excel in the native binary
format to create a true Excel file.
NOTE: If you get an error: The remote server returned an error: (403) Forbidden. It is because you do not have "Favorite a video" checked under Activity Sharing for your Account Settings.