What is the IP Address of YouTube?

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Instead of using the normal DNS name, a YouTube IP address can be used to reach the Web site www.youtube.com.

Like many popular Web sites, YouTube utilizes multiple Internet servers to handle incoming requests, so their site will have more than one address depending on where and when a person is connecting from.

These are the most common YouTube IP addresses:

  • 208.65.153.238
  • 208.65.153.251
  • 208.65.153.253
  • 208.117.236.69

Just as you can visit their home page by entering http://www.youtube.com/ into your browser, you can also try to enter http:// followed by any of the above addresses, for example:

http://208.65.153.238/

See How to Find the IP Address of a Web Site if you're interested in the IP address of another website.

YouTube IP Address Ranges

To support a large and growing network of Web servers, YouTube owns large numbers of IP addresses in ranges called blocks.

These IP address blocks belong to YouTube:

  • 199.223.232.0 - 199.223.239.255
  • 207.223.160.0 - 207.223.175.255
  • 208.65.152.0 - 208.65.155.255
  • 208.117.224.0 - 208.117.255.255
  • 209.85.128.0 - 209.85.255.255
  • 216.58.192.0 - 216.58.223.255
  • 216.239.32.0 - 216.239.63.255

Administrators looking to block access to YouTube from their network should block these entire ranges if their router allows.

In a famous incident back in 2008, the Pakistan national Internet provider (Pakistani Telecom) implemented a block on YouTube that ended up being broadcast to other parts of the Internet, effectively making YouTube unreachable from anywhere for a few hours.

Acceptable Uses of YouTube IP Addresses

If you cannot reach http://www.youtube.com/, your Web host may be blocking access to it. In these cases, using an IP address based URL can succeed yet violate your host network's acceptable use policy (AUP). Check your AUP or contact your local network administrator before using an IP address to connect to YouTube.

Some countries have banned people from accessing YouTube. Whether using its name or IP address, people in these countries should expect their connections to fail.

It is difficult for a Web site like YouTube to ban individual users by their public IP address as most Internet providers allocate these to their customers dynamically. For the same reason, YouTube does not strictly limit voting on their videos to one per IP address, although it keeps some other restrictions in place to prevent vote stuffing.

Finding the IP Addresses of YouTube Users

Users who vote on videos or post comments to the site have their IP addresses recorded by YouTube. Like other large Web sites, YouTube may be requested to share its server logs with legal agencies under court order.