Use music and sound effects from the Audio Library

In the YouTube Audio Library, you can find royalty-free production music and sound effects to use in your videos. 

Music and sound effects from the YouTube Audio Library are copyright-safe. The Audio Library is found exclusively in YouTube Studio.

Open the Audio Library

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left-hand menu, select Audio Library.

Search the Audio Library

Find music

In the Free music tab, use the filters  and search bar to find tracks for your videos.

To find a certain track, enter a track title, artist or keyword in the search bar. You can also use filters to find music by the track title, genre, mood, artist name, attribution and duration (length in seconds).

Refine your search results by clicking the filter  next to the artist, genre or mood of individual tracks. You can sort your search results by track title, artist name, duration or date by clicking their column names.

Save your favourite tracks by clicking the star icon next to the track title. To see a list of your favourite tracks, click the Starred tab.

New releases are added to the Audio Library twice a month.

Find sound effects

In the Sound effects tab, use the filters  and search bar to find sound effects for your videos.

To find a certain sound effect, enter a track title or keyword in the search bar. You can also filter sound effects by category and duration (length in seconds).

Play and download audio

To sample a track, click Play . If you like what you hear, hover over the date and click DOWNLOAD to get an MP3 file.

The track will continue to play as you browse the Audio Library. Using the controls on the audio player, you can pause, seek and play the previous or next track.

Give attribution

Some music in the YouTube Audio Library requires that you give attribution (credit) to the artist in exchange for using their music in your video. 

If you're using a track that has an attribution-required icon  listed in the Licence type column, make sure that you credit the artist in your video's description. 

In the Licence type column, you can click and copy  the attribution text. Then, you can paste this text into your video's description. Learn more about attribution from Creative Commons.

To browse music that has a Creative Commons licence applied, use the Attribution required filter.

To browse music that has a standard YTAL licence, use the Attribution not required filter.

Monetise your video

If you're in the YouTube Partner Programme, you can monetise videos with music and sound effects from the YouTube Audio Library.

Copyright-safe music and sound effects downloaded from the YouTube Audio Library will not be claimed by a rights holder through the Content ID system.

Bear in mind:

  • Only music and sound effects from the official YouTube Audio Library are known to YouTube to be copyright-safe.
  • YouTube is not responsible for issues that arise from 'royalty-free' music and sound effects from YouTube channels or other music libraries.
  • YouTube can't give legal guidance, including guidance on issues with music that can occur off the platform.
  • If you have questions about your use of music, you may wish to consult a qualified lawyer.

 Learn more about what kind of content you can monetise.

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