What is the Longest YouTube Video?

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Written by: Alex Popa


What is the Longest YouTube Video?

Are you curious about the longest video on YouTube? You’re in the right place! This article will tell you more about the longest YouTube video, what it is, and who made it.

In short, the longest YouTube video was made by Moldy Toaster Media, a channel that’s no longer on YouTube anymore. The video’s title is “THE LONGEST VIDEO ON YOUTUBE – 596 HOURS“.

It’s, as you might have guessed, 596 hours long. This video was uploaded back in 2012 and still holds the record as the longest YouTube video.

Keep reading to find out more about this!

Summary: In this article, I discuss the longest video on YouTube, which was made by Moldy Toaster Media and titled "THE LONGEST VIDEO ON YOUTUBE – 596 HOURS." 

This impressive 596-hour-long video, uploaded in 2012, was created by Jonathan Harchick, who focused on compressing the video to fit within YouTube's size limits. 

Although the video and the channel are no longer available, it remains a fascinating accomplishment. 

The longest video currently available on YouTube is a 100-hour timer countdown by user Mac Paverick.

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What is the Longest YouTube Video?

Who Posted the Longest Video on YouTube?

The channel’s name is Moldy Toaster Media, and Jonathan Harchick is a member of this channel. He was the one who posted a series of “longest videos on YouTube” throughout the years.

The channel was available on YouTube until 2021, but the channel was gone when writing this article. It’s no longer on YouTube.

Something must have happened. Either they deleted their channel, or YouTube deleted it for breaching the rules.

Even when Jonathan uploaded this video, YouTube had an uploading limit of 20GB, if you can imagine. And Jonathan’s video was “only 549 MB“.

The video was compressed to no end, making the images very blurry. But clarity was never the intended goal. It was proving a point, making a record!

Why Is Jonathan Harchick’s Video Impressive?

In one of his videos on YouTube, Jonathan had this to say about his longest video on YouTube:

“To me, the challenge was about the compression. Putting that long of a video on YouTube requires a lot of compression because the site only allows 20 gigabytes. There’s a lot of work that went into this, but I think only the tech nerds will recognize the effort.

Even though no one would watch that video without skipping anything, the feat is impressive. Compressing that many images into 549MB are crazy to work.

Currently, YouTube has a limit of 256GB, equating to 12 hours of normal-quality video. If you lower the quality, you can make bigger videos.

As impressive as it is, Jonathan’s video is no longer on YouTube. It’s been taken down alongside the Moldy Toaster Media.

The longest YouTube video still available is the “100 Hour Timer Countdown – 100 Hrs Video – 100h Video Countdown – 100 Stunden Timer“.

User Mac Paverick uploaded it on January 6th, 2020.


To summarize, the longest video ever posted on YouTube is “THE LONGEST VIDEO ON YOUTUBE – 596 HOURS” by the channel Moldy Toaster Media. However, this video and the channel are no longer available on YouTube.

The current longest video on YouTube that’s still up is “100 Hour Timer Countdown – 100 Hrs Video – 100h Video Countdown – 100 Stunden Timer” by user Mac PavericNothing impressive there. k.

It’s just a timer countdown going down, second by second. It’s just a feat of compressing a lot of data into one video.

If you have any questions, post them below, and I’ll reply as soon as possible!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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