Ruby Rails Beginner try active youtube ( activeyoutube )

Hi All

101 Howto for activeyoutube & ruby on rails . I tried to investigate web services and ruby on rails . My simple thought was try to access youtube . So I found activeyoutube ( , gem version which I thought to use . I run in a few issues , maybe because I am a Beginner .

First my Installation :

  • Ruby on Rails 2.2.2 and 2.3.1
  • activeresource 2.2.2 and 2.3.1
  • ruby 1.86

As I run into issues I tried both Rails Versions .

Let’s start :

install activeyoutube :

gem install active_youtube


sudo gem install active youtube

Create Rails youtube project :

rails youtube

Create Youtube Controller

cd youtube

ruby script/generate controller youtube index

edit app/controllers/youtube_controller.rb

Add Require for activeyoutube to app/controllers/youtube_controller.rb : require ‘active_youtube’

Add Index in the controller : def index , end .

Use the the activeyoutube example in the youtube controller for index :

copy the example section from in your controller (app/controllers/youtube_controller.rb):

app/controllers/youtube_controller.rb :

require ‘active_youtube’

class YoutubeController {:vq => ‘ruby’, :”max-results” => ‘5’})

puts search.entry.length

## video information of id = ZTUVgYoeN_o

vid = Youtube::Video.find(“ZTUVgYoeN_o”)


## video comments

comments = Youtube::Video.find_custom(“ZTUVgYoeN_o”).get(:comments)

puts comments.entry[0].link[2].href

## searching with category/tags

results = Youtube::Video.search_by_tags(“Comedy”)

puts results[0].entry[0].title


## retrieving standard feeds

most_viewed = Youtube::Standardfeed.find(:most_viewed, :params => {:time => ‘today’})

puts most_viewed.entry[0].group.content[0].url

#### USER

## user’s profile – guthrie

user_profile = Youtube::User.find(“guthrie”)



## get playlist – multiple elements in playlist

playlist = Youtube::Playlist.find(“EBF5D6DC4589D7B7”)

puts playlist.entry[0].group.content[0].url



Start the rails :

ruby script/server

Connect to Youtube :


You might get this error :

ActiveResource::ClientError in YoutubeController#index

Failed with 406 Not Acceptable

Issue Change in activersource from version 2.1.1 ( more info

Fix :

create file lib/connection.rb

file : lib/connection.rb :

module ActiveResource

# overrides the default ActiveResource Connection Class build_request_headers method because of this error:


class Connection

def build_request_headers(headers, http_method=nil)






Add line on the end connection.rb to your config config/environement.rb

additional line at the end config/environement.rb:

require ‘lib/connection.rb’

Restart Rails :

ruby scribt/server

You might get the next error :

NoMethodError in YoutubeController#index

undefined method `send!’ for Youtube::Video:Class

Issue Ruby 1.8 doesn’t seem to have send! even not all 1.9 Versions ( more Info :

I changed the send! to send /Library/Ruby/Gems/1.8/gems/active_youtube-1.0.0/lib/activeyoutube.rb

New : “#{method_name}#{self.class.send(:query_string, options)}”

Old : “#{method_name}#{self.class.send!(:query_string, options)}”

As I am a beginner there might be a better way , this was my quick and dirty fix .

Restart Rails :

ruby script/server

Connect again with the browser everything seem to work , the requested Info is in shell , not in the browser yet .



3 Responses to “Ruby Rails Beginner try active youtube ( activeyoutube )”

  1. paxa Says:

    Thank you very much

  2. Daniel Says:

    Thank you! That was VERY helpful – I ran into exactly the problem you described…

  3. Srikanth Says:


    This didnt work out from me.
    I have followed your method, still getting this error.

    ActiveResource::ClientError in YoutubeController#index

    Failed with 406 Not Acceptable

    Any other way?


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