How To Find YouTube Channel ID? [in 2023]

Written by: Emily Anderson
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You don’t find the YouTube channel ID? No worries, in this YouTube tutorial, we are going to show you three ways how to find the YouTube channel ID of any channel.

We are going to show you how to look up the YouTube Channel ID of your channel, but also two ways how to find the YouTube channel ID of YouTube channels, you don’t have access to.

If you prefer to watch a video tutorial on how to find the YouTube channel ID, check out this one:

What is my YouTube channel ID?

Your YouTube channel ID is a 24 character long ID that uniquely identifies any YouTube channel.

If you need to use your YouTube channel in a 3rd party tool or in the YouTube API, you most likely will be able to identify it with the YouTube channel ID.

How to find YouTube channel ID?

Here is the best way to find the YouTube channel ID:

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Click on your profile picture on the top right corner
  3. Select ‘Settings’.
  4. Select ‘Advanced Settings’ from the left menu.find the YouTube channel ID
  5. Here you will find the YouTube channel ID.

If you don’t have access to a YouTube channel, there is also a second way to look up this YouTube Channel ID

2nd way to look up a YouTube channel ID

There is also a second even easier way to find the YouTube channel ID, even if you don’t own a YouTube channel:

All you have to do to find someone else YouTube channel ID is to:

  1. Open up YouTube.
  2. Search for the YouTube channel name.
  3. Click on the YouTube channel link.
  4. Have a look at the YouTube channel URL.

You will see something like this: 

The characters after the “channel/” part is your YouTube channel ID.

However, if someone has customized the YouTube channel URL, then you won’t see the YouTube channel ID this way.

In this case, we also have a third method to search for the YouTube Channel ID.

3rd party tool to search for the YouTube channel ID

There are third-party tools that can find the YouTube channel ID, even if the ID is hidden from the URL.

Here is to search for the YouTube channel ID:

  1. Open the YouTube channel
  2. Copy the URL of the channel page.
  3. Go to and paste the URL
  4. Wait a minute and the website will provide you with the YouTube channel

You can check if this is really the YouTube channel ID by pasting this ID back to the web browser like so:

It should open the YouTube channel home page.

YouTube channel ID vs YouTube User ID

Keep in mind that there is a completely different YouTube ID, called the YouTube User ID.

We have a separate tutorial on the YouTube user ID:

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