Supported YouTube file formats

Note: Audio files, like MP3, WAV, or PCM files, can’t be uploaded to YouTube. You can use video editing software to convert your audio file to a video.

If you're not sure which format to save your video as or are getting an "invalid file format" error message when you're uploading, make sure that you’re using one of the following formats:

  • .MOV
  • .MPEG-1
  • .MPEG-2
  • .MPEG4
  • .MP4
  • .MPG
  • .AVI
  • .WMV
  • .MPEGPS
  • .FLV
  • 3GPP
  • WebM
  • DNxHR
  • ProRes
  • CineForm
  • HEVC (h265)

If you're using a file format that's not listed above, use this troubleshooter to learn how to convert your file.

For more advanced information on file formats you can read through this article on encoding settings.

Select the file format you'd like to convert
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