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How can I view what playlist, if any, a video is in?

For example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuqCMHe4kxQ

This longer link shows what playlist the video is in, and it's in a playlist, but I only see that at this link but this link only seems to come up when clicking the video in a playlist. So I can see what playlist it's in.

But what if I didn't have that link?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuqCMHe4kxQ&list=PLD5DC2D06E087D609&index=4

Another example of a video I'd want to know what playlist, if any, it's in, is this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB2ZtKsYjFA  
  • This is something that interests me, as well. I know you can go to the user's page, go to "Uploads", filter by playlists, and then manually check every single playlist to see if the video is in it, but there must be a better way! – Mihai Jan 10 '14 at 13:31
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Short answer

For the example in the question, on Google, try something like the following:

site:youtube.com inurl:(QuqCMHe4kxQ list)

or

inurl:list QuqCMHe4kxQ

(Thanks to Annan)

Explanation

site: and inurl: are Google Search advanced operators.

  • site: limits results to the specified site, in this case youtube.com
  • inurl: limit results to URL having the specified strings, in this case the video id QuqCMHe4kxQ and the parameter name list.
  • parenthesis groups search terms, they help us to avoid having to repeat the same search operator several times.
  • If you want a exhaustive list of playlists you should try several operator and keyword search combinations.

It's worth to say that there is a Youtube API. AFAIK it doesn't include methods to query the search youtube search index to find all the playlists that include a video by its id.

  • 1
    It's worth noting that this will only work if an external website has a link to the playlist. My example was trying to find this playlist using this search site:youtube.com inurl:(k2_wuThLG6o list) which returned no results. However the video is evidently in the playlist (it's the intro). It was published 2 years ago so I doubt it is google catching up. – Annan Oct 25 '16 at 1:06
  • In other words the URL including the list id should be indexed. – Rubén Oct 25 '16 at 2:18
  • I wouldn't use the word 'should' since this implies Google is doing something wrong, or that we have an expectation for it to be indexed. But, yes, the link must be indexed for this method to work. – Annan Oct 25 '16 at 16:36
  • How do you found the playlist for your video? Are you doing the course? (As I understand the video is an introduction to an MIT OpenCourseWare course) – Rubén Oct 25 '16 at 16:38
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    The intro video description says the course is "MIT 4.241J", if you search google for inurl:list intitle:"MIT 4.241J" you get the playlist. This method only works for courses where the playlist names and video descriptions contain the course code. Now, something which might work is site:youtube.com inurl:list k2_wuThLG6o, however this gives no results. But inurl:list k2_wuThLG6o gives two results - both which contain the video. – Annan Oct 25 '16 at 16:48
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Just use Google Advanced Search if you do not want to bother with remembering the semantics and fill the data as in the image:

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The quotes from the search string will make sure you do not have duplicate results like these 2 since it is the same playlist:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuqCMHe4kxQ&list=PLDEEFF9F4E7272A22&index=5
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuqCMHe4kxQ&index=5&list=PLDEEFF9F4E7272A22

You can search in youtube.com or www.youtube.com depending on how many results you want and narrow further your results by different criteria.

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