Understand your YouTube channel's URLs

September 12, 2022: Choosing, modifying, and deleting URLs is currently unavailable while we update our system. Please check back in the next few weeks for more info.

Your channel can have more than one URL that directs your audience to your channel homepage. These URLs can look different from one another, but each URL can point your audience to the same place - your channel.

Find your YouTube channel URL

To find your channel’s URL:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left Menu, select Customization and then Basic info.
  3. Under Channel URL, you can view and copy your Channel URL. 

Channel URL (ID-based)

Example: youtube.com/channel/UCUZHFZ9jIKrLroW8LcyJEQQ

This example is a standard URL that YouTube channels use. It uses your unique channel ID, which is the numbers and letters at the end of the URL.

Custom URL

Example: youtube.com/c/YouTubeCreators

A custom URL is a shorter, easy-to-remember URL that you can share with your audience. These custom URLs can be based on your current display name or your legacy username or your linked and verified web domain. To create a custom URL for your channel, your account needs to:

  • Have 100 or more subscribers.
  • Be at least 30 days old.
  • Have an uploaded profile picture.
  • Have an uploaded banner image.

You can check if you've claimed a custom URL in your basic info setting.


You can share a shorter version of your custom URL by removing “/c”, such as youtube.com/YouTubeCreators.

Legacy username URL

Example: youtube.com/user/YouTube

Depending on when your channel was created, it may have a username. Usernames are no longer required for channels today, but you can still use this URL to direct viewers to your channel. This also includes if your channel name has changed since you chose your username. Existing usernames can't be changed.

You can share a shorter version of your legacy username URL by removing “/user”, such as youtube.com/YouTube. This act of URL sharing is not possible if another channel has claimed a custom URL with the same name.

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