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This gem implements a full-featured Ruby interface for the Vimeo API v2.

For a more in depth look at the API check out Vimeo's Simple API Documentation or Vimeo's Advanced API Documentation. I would also recommend checking out the API Forums if things aren't working as they should.

Install

First, install Gemcutter, then:

sudo gem install vimeo

If you're using Rails, add the following to your environment.rb file:

config.gem "vimeo"

Or for bundler:

gem 'vimeo'

How to Use

There are two modules:

Vimeo::Simple
Vimeo::Advanced

Simple API

Let's look at the Simple API first.

The wrapper for the Simple API consists of several classes. To use the Simple API, just call one of the class methods. For example:

user_info = Vimeo::Simple::User.info("matthooks")
# =>
# {
#   "id":"888046",
#   "display_name":"Matt Hooks",
#   "created_on":"2008-10-30 14:17:32",
#   "is_staff":"0",
#   "is_plus":"0",
#   "location":"Chicago, IL",
#   "url":"http:\/\/blackholeinthemidwest.com\/",
#   "bio":"",
#   "profile_url":"http:\/\/vimeo.com\/matthooks",
#   "videos_url":"http:\/\/vimeo.com\/matthooks\/videos",
#   "total_videos_appears_ined":2,
#   "total_videos_appears_in":0,
#   "total_videos_liked":2,
#   "total_contacts":3,
#   "total_albums":0,
#   "total_channels":1,
#   "portrait_small":"http:\/\/images.vimeo.com\/11\/42\/16\/114216178\/114216178_30.jpg",
#   "portrait_medium":"http:\/\/images.vimeo.com\/11\/42\/16\/114216178\/114216178_75.jpg",
#   "portrait_large":"http:\/\/images.vimeo.com\/11\/42\/16\/114216178\/114216178_100.jpg",
#   "portrait_huge":"http:\/\/images.vimeo.com\/11\/42\/16\/114216178\/114216178_300.jpg"
# }

Thanks to HTTParty, the data is parsed and ready to use.

user_info["location"]
# => "Chicago, IL"

Overview of the Simple API

Vimeo::Simple::Activity

Vimeo::Simple::Activity.user_did("username")
Vimeo::Simple::Activity.happened_to_user("username")
Vimeo::Simple::Activity.contacts_did("username")
Vimeo::Simple::Activity.happened_to_contacts("username")
Vimeo::Simple::Activity.everyone_did("username")

Vimeo::Simple::Album

Vimeo::Simple::Album.videos("album_id")
Vimeo::Simple::Album.info("album_id")

Vimeo::Simple::Channel

Vimeo::Simple::Channel.videos("channelname")
Vimeo::Simple::Channel.info("channelname")

Vimeo::Simple::Group

Vimeo::Simple::Group.videos("groupname")
Vimeo::Simple::Group.users("groupname")
Vimeo::Simple::Group.info("groupname")

Vimeo::Simple::User

Vimeo::Simple::User.info("username")
Vimeo::Simple::User.videos("username")
Vimeo::Simple::User.likes("username")
Vimeo::Simple::User.appears_in("username")
Vimeo::Simple::User.all_videos("username")
Vimeo::Simple::User.subscriptions("username")
Vimeo::Simple::User.albums("username")
Vimeo::Simple::User.channels("username")
Vimeo::Simple::User.groups("username")
Vimeo::Simple::User.contacts_videos("username")
Vimeo::Simple::User.contacts_like("username")

Vimeo::Simple::Video

Vimeo::Simple::Video.info("video_id")

Advanced API

To use the Advanced API, first you must authenticate your user using OAuth.

Authentication Example using Rails

First, instantiate the Base class:

base = Vimeo::Advanced::Base.new("consumer_key", "consumer_secret")

Get a request token, and save the token secret in the session hash.

request_token = base.get_request_token
session[:oauth_secret] = request_token.secret

Then, send your user to the authorization URL:

redirect_to base.authorize_url

Once the user has allowed your application to access their account, they will be redirected to the callback URL you set up for your application. You will be given two parameters oauth_token and oauth_verifier. Re-instantiate your Base class, then get an access token.

base = Vimeo::Advanced::Base.new("consumer_key", "consumer_secret")
access_token = base.get_access_token(params[:oauth_token], session[:oauth_secret], params[:oauth_verifier])
# You'll want to hold on to the user's access token and secret. I'll save it to the database.
user.token = access_token.token
user.secret = access_token.secret
user.save

Note: if you are trying to get your access tokens manually, then the above block of code will be a little different:

  • params[:oauth_token] is the same as request_token.token
  • params[:oauth_verifier] is the code you see on Vimeo after you visit base.authorize_url and allow access to your account.

Now you've got everything you need to use the Advanced API. Let's get a user's videos:

video = Vimeo::Advanced::Video.new("consumer_key", "consumer_secret", :token => user.token, :secret => user.secret)
video.get_all("matthooks")

# => {"videos"=> { ... }, "stat"=>"ok", "generated_in"=>"0.5753"}

Piece of cake.

Some methods have optional variables. Pass these as a hash at the end of a call.

video.get_all("matthooks", :page => "2", :per_page => "50")

Overview of the Advanced API

Vimeo::Advanced::Album

album = Vimeo::Advanced::Album.new("consumer_key", "consumer_secret", :token => user.token, :secret => user.secret)

album.add_video("album_id", "video_id")
album.create("title", "video_id", { :description => "description", "videos" => "123,124,125" })
album.delete("album_id")
album.get_all("user_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25", :sort => "newest" })
album.get_videos("album_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25", :full_response => "0", :password => nil })
album.remove_video("album_id", "video_id")
album.set_description("album_id", "description")
album.set_password("album_id", "password")
album.get_title("album_id", "title")

Vimeo::Advanced::Base

base = Vimeo::Advanced::Base.new("consumer_key", "consumer_secret", :token => user.token, :secret => user.secret)

base.check_access_token

Vimeo::Advanced::Channel

channel = Vimeo::Advanced::Channel.new("consumer_key", "consumer_secret", :token => user.token, :secret => user.secret)

channel.add_video("channel_id", "video_id")
channel.get_all({ :page => "1", :per_page => "25", :sort => "newest", :user_id => "user_id" })
channel.get_info(channel_id)
channel.get_moderators(channel_id, { :page => "1", :per_page => "25" })
channel.get_subscribers(channel_id, { :page => "1", :per_page => "25" })
channel.get_videos(channel_id, { :page => "1", :per_page => "25", :full_response => "0" })
channel.remove_video("channel_id", "video_id")
channel.subscribe("channel_id")
channel.unsubscribe("channel_id")

Vimeo::Advanced::Contact

contact = Vimeo::Advanced::Contact.new("consumer_key", "consumer_secret", :token => user.token, :secret => user.secret)

contact.get_all(user_id, { :page => "1", :per_page => "25", :sort => "newest" })
contact.get_mutual(user_id, { :page => "1", :per_page => "25" })
contact.get_online({ :page => "1", :per_page => "25" })
contact.get_who_added(user_id, { :page => "1", :per_page => "25", :sort => "newest" })

Vimeo::Advanced::Group

group = Vimeo::Advanced::Group.new("consumer_key", "consumer_secret", :token => user.token, :secret => user.secret)

group.add_video("group_id", "video_id")
group.get_all({ :page => "1", :per_page => "25", :sort => "newest", :user_id => "user_id" })
group.get_files("group_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25" })
group.get_info("group_id")
group.get_members("group_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25", :sort => "newest" })
group.get_moderators("group_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25" })
group.get_video_comments("group_id", "video_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25" })
group.get_videos("group_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25", :full_response => "0", :sort => "newest" })
group.join("group_id")
group.leave("group_id")

Vimeo::Advanced::GroupEvents

group_events = Vimeo::Advanced::GroupEvents.new("consumer_key", "consumer_secret", :token => user.token, :secret => user.secret)

group_events.get_month("group_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25", :month => nil, :year => nil })
group_events.get_past("group_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25" })
group_events.get_year("group_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25" })

Vimeo::Advanced::GroupForums

group_forums = Vimeo::Advanced::GroupForums.new("consumer_key", "consumer_secret", :token => user.token, :secret => user.secret)

group_forums.get_topic_comments("group_id", "topic_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25" })
group_forums.get_topics("group_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25" })

Vimeo::Advanced::Person

person = Vimeo::Advanced::Person.new("consumer_key", "consumer_secret", :token => user.token, :secret => user.secret)

person.add_contact("user_id")
person.add_subscription("user_id", "types") # Types is a comma-delimited string. Valid: "likes", "appears", "uploads"
person.find_by_email("user_id")
person.get_hd_embeds
person.get_info("user_id")
person.get_portrait_urls("user_id")
person.remove_contact("user_id")
person.remove_subscription("user_id", "types") # Types is a comma-delimited string. Valid: "likes", "appears", "uploads"

Vimeo::Advanced::Test

test = Vimeo::Advanced::Test.new("consumer_key", "consumer_secret", :token => user.token, :secret => user.secret)

test.echo
test.null
test.login

Vimeo::Advanced::Upload

upload = Vimeo::Advanced::Upload.new("consumer_key", "consumer_secret", :token => user.token, :secret => user.secret)

# Other than get_quota, none of these methods should be called directly. The 'upload' method uses these internally.
upload.check_ticket("ticket_id")
upload.complete("ticket_id", "filename")
upload.get_ticket
upload.get_quota
upload.verify_chunks("ticket_id")

# all-in-one solution, supports File, String (a file path), #read
video_id = upload.upload("movie.mp4")

Vimeo::Advanced::Video

video = Vimeo::Advanced::Video.new("consumer_key", "consumer_secret", :token => user.token, :secret => user.secret)

video.add_cast("video_id", "user_id", { :role => nil })
video.add_photos("video_id", "photo_urls")
video.add_tags("video_id", "tags")
video.clear_tags("video_id")
video.delete("video_id")
video.get_all("user_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25", :full_response => "0", :sort => "newest" })
video.get_appears_in("user_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25", :full_response => "0", :sort => "newest" })
video.get_by_tag("tag", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25", :full_response => "0", :sort => "newest" })
video.get_cast("video_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25" })
video.get_contacts_liked("user_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25", :full_response => "0", :sort => "newest" })
video.get_contacts_uploaded("user_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25", :full_response => "0", :sort => "newest" })
video.get_collections("video_id")
video.get_info("video_id")
video.get_likes("user_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25", :full_response => "0", :sort => "newest" })
video.get_subscriptions("user_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25", :full_response => "0", :sort => "newest" })
video.get_thumbnail_urls("video_id")
video.get_uploaded("user_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25", :full_response => "0", :sort => "newest" })
video.remove_cast("video_id", "user_id")
video.remove_tag("video_id", "tag_id")
video.search("query", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25", :full_response => "0", :sort => "newest", :user_id => nil })
video.set_description("video_id", "description")
video.set_like("video_id", "like")
video.set_privacy("video_id", "privacy", { :users => nil, :password => nil })
video.set_title("video_id", "title")

# comments
video.add_comment("video_id", "comment_text", { :reply_to_comment_id => nil })
video.delete_comment("video_id", "comment_id")
video.edit_comment("video_id", "comment_id", "comment_text")
video.get_comments_list("video_id", { :page => "1", :per_page => "25" })

Vimeo::Advanced::VideoEmbed

video_embed = Vimeo::Advanced::VideoEmbed.new("consumer_key", "consumer_secret", :token => user.token, :secret => user.secret)

video_embed.get_presets({ :page => "1", :per_page => "25" })
video_embed.set_preset("video_id", "preset_id")
video_embed.set_privacy("video_id", "privacy", { :approved_domains => ["example.com"].to_json })

Uploads

Uploads are working! In order to upload a file, create your upload object, like so:

upload = Vimeo::Advanced::Upload.new("consumer_key", "consumer_secret", :token => user.token, :secret => user.secret)

Then call the upload method:

upload.upload("/path/to/file") # You can also pass a File object or any IO.

The upload method will automatically get an upload ticket, perform the multipart POST, verify the file chunks and then complete the upload.

Todo

  • Fix tests that cannot be stubbed because of OAuth nonce.
  • Better structure. There's too many classes. Is there a way to simplify the Advanced API?
  • Better error handling.
  • More re-factoring.
  • Make tests more robust and faster. If anyone has any ideas let me know.

Contributors

Thanks to

  • HTTParty: Easily one of the best tools I have used since I started using Ruby.
  • Jeweler: Great tool for creating gems for Github.

Copyright (c) 2009-2010 Matt Hooks. See LICENSE for details.

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