YouTube

YouTube Data API - Errors

This document identifies the different types of errors that YouTube Data API operations can return. You can also find a list of errors for any individual method in the reference documentation for that method.

  1. General errors
  2. activities
  3. channelBanners
  4. channelSections
  5. channels
  6. guideCategories
  7. playlistItems
  8. playlists
  9. search
  10. subscriptions
  11. thumbnails
  12. videoCategories
  13. videos
  14. watermarks

General errors

The tables below identify API error messages that are not specific to a particular API method.

Core API errors

Error type Error detail Description
forbidden (403) forbidden Access forbidden. The request may not be properly authorized.
quotaExceeded (403) quotaExceeded The request cannot be completed because you have exceeded your quota.

Common request errors

Error type Error detail Description
badRequest (400) incompatibleParameters The request specifies two or more parameters that cannot be used in the same request.
badRequest (400) invalidFilters The request specifies an invalid filter parameter.
badRequest (400) invalidPageToken The request specifies an invalid page token.
badRequest (400) missingRequiredParameter The request is missing a required parameter.
badRequest (400) unexpectedParameter The request specifies an unexpected parameter.
forbidden (403) accountDelegationForbidden The authenticated user cannot act on behalf of the specified Google account.
forbidden (403) authenticatedUserAccountClosed The YouTube account of the authenticated user is closed. In case the authenticated user is acting on behalf of another Google account, then this error refers to the latter.
forbidden (403) authenticatedUserAccountSuspended The YouTube account of the authenticated user is suspended. In case the authenticated user is acting on behalf of another Google account, then this error refers to the latter.
forbidden (403) authenticatedUserNotChannel For this request the authenticated user must resolve to a channel, but does not. If your request is authenticated and uses the onBehalfOfContentOwner delegation parameter, then you should also set the onBehalfOfContentOwnerChannel parameter.
forbidden (403) channelClosed The channel identified in the request has been closed.
forbidden (403) channelNotFound The channel identified in the request cannot be found.
forbidden (403) channelSuspended The channel identified in the request has been suspended.
forbidden (403) cmsUserAccountNotFound The CMS user is not allowed to act on behalf of the specified content owner.
forbidden (403) insufficientCapabilities The CMS user has insufficient capabilities.
forbidden (403) insufficientPermissions The scopes associated with the OAuth 2.0 token provided for the request are insufficient for accessing the requested data.
notFound (404) contentOwnerAccountNotFound The specified content owner account was not found.

Request context errors

Error type Error detail Description
badRequest (400) invalidLanguage The hl parameter value does not specify a valid language code.
badRequest (400) invalidMine The request's use of the mine parameter is not supported.
badRequest (400) invalidMine The mine parameter cannot be used in requests where the authenticated user is a YouTube partner. You should either remove the mine parameter, authenticate as a YouTube user by removing the onBehalfOfContentOwner parameter, or act as one of the partner's channels by providing the onBehalfOfContentOwnerChannel parameter if available for the called method.
badRequest (400) invalidPart The request's part parameter specifies some parts that cannot be written at the same time.
badRequest (400) invalidRegionCode The regionCode parameter specifies an invalid region code.
badRequest (400) unexpectedPart The request's part parameter specifies an unexpected value.
badRequest (400) unknownPart The request's part parameter specifies an unknown value.
badRequest (400) unsupportedLanguageCode The hl parameter value does not specify a supported language code.
badRequest (400) unsupportedRegionCode The regionCode parameter specifies an unsupported region code.
unauthorized (401) authorizationRequired The request uses the mine parameter but is not properly authorized.
unauthorized (401) youtubeSignupRequired This error indicates that the user has an unlinked Google Account, which means that the user has a Google Account but does not have a YouTube channel. Such users can access many features that are dependent on user authorization, such as rating videos or adding videos to a watch_later playlist. However, as an example, the user would need a YouTube channel to be able to upload a video. A user who has a Gmail account or an Android device is certain to have a Google Account but may not have already linked that Google Account to a YouTube channel.

This error is commonly seen if you try to use the OAuth 2.0 Service Account flow. YouTube does not support Service Accounts, and if you attempt to authenticate using a Service Account, you will get this error.

The YouTube API blog post introducing Google Account support also discusses the youtubeSignupRequired error in more detail. Although the blog post explains the error for API version 2.1, the meaning of the error is still applicable.

activities

The tables below identify error messages that the API returns in response to calls related to activities resources. These methods could also return errors listed in the Common errors section.

activities.list

Error type Error detail Description
notFound (404) channelNotFound The channel ID identified by the request's channelId parameter cannot be found.
notFound (404) homeChannelNotFound A YouTube home page feed cannot be found for the currently authenticated user.
unauthorized (401) authorizationRequired The request uses the home parameter but is not properly authorized.

activities.insert

Error type Error detail Description
badRequest (400) bulletinTextRequired The request must use the snippet object's description property to provide the text for the bulletin post.
notFound (404) playlistNotFound YouTube cannot find the video that you are trying to associate with the bulletin post. Check the value of the contentDetails.bulletinPosted.playlistId property.
notFound (404) videoNotFound YouTube cannot find the video that you are trying to associate with the bulletin post. Check the value of the contentDetails.bulletinPosted.videoId property.
userRateLimitExceeded (403) rateLimitExceeded The request cannot be completed because you have exceeded your quota.

channelBanners

The tables below identify error messages that the API returns in response to calls related to channelBanners resources. These methods could also return errors listed in the Common errors section.

channelBanners.insert

Error type Error detail Description
badRequest (400) mediaBodyRequired The request does not include the image content.

channelSections

The tables below identify error messages that the API returns in response to calls related to channelSections resources. These methods could also return errors listed in the Common errors section.

channelSections.delete

Error type Error detail Description
forbidden (403) channelSectionForbidden The request is not properly authenticated or not supported for this channel.
invalidValue (400) idInvalid The id property specifies an invalid channel section ID.
invalidValue (400) idRequired The id property must specify a value that identifies the channel section being deleted.
notFound (404) channelSectionNotFound The channel section you are trying to update cannot be found.

channelSections.insert

Error type Error detail Description
forbidden (403) channelSectionForbidden The request is not properly authenticated or is not supported for this channel.
invalidValue (400) channelNotActive At least one of the specified channels is not active.
invalidValue (400) channelsDuplicated The request failed because it specified duplicate channels.
invalidValue (400) channelsNeeded If the snippet.type property has a value of multipleChannels, then the contentDetails.channels[] property must be specified and must specify at least one channel.
invalidValue (400) channelsNotExpected The resource provided with the request specified a value for the contentDetails.channels[] property, but channels are not expected for this type of channel section.
invalidValue (400) contentDetailsNeeded The resource you are inserting must contain a contentDetails object for this type of channel section.
invalidValue (400) inValidPosition The snippet.position property contains an invalid value.
invalidValue (400) maxChannelSectionExceeded The request cannot be completed because the channel already has the maximum number of channel sections.
invalidValue (400) maxChannelsExceeded The request failed because it attempted to include too many channels in the channel section.
invalidValue (400) maxPlaylistExceeded The request failed because it attempted to include too many playlists in the channel section.
invalidValue (400) onePlaylistNeeded If the snippet.type property has a value of singlePlaylist, then the contentDetails.playlists[] property must specify exactly one playlist.
invalidValue (400) ownChannelInChannels You cannot include your own channel in a channel section that appears on that channel.
invalidValue (400) playlistIsPrivate One or more of the specified playlists are private and, therefore, cannot be included in the channel section.
invalidValue (400) playlistsDuplicated The request failed because it specified duplicate playlists.
invalidValue (400) playlistsNeeded If the snippet.type property has a value of singlePlaylist or multiplePlaylists, then the contentDetails.playlists[] property must be specified.
invalidValue (400) playlistsNotExpected The resource provided with the request specified a value for the contentDetails.playlists[] property, but playlists are not expected for this type of channel section.
invalidValue (400) snippetNeeded You must specify a snippet to create the channel section.
invalidValue (400) titleLengthExceeded The value of the snippet.title property is too long.
invalidValue (400) titleRequired If the snippet.type property has a value of multiplePlaylists or multipleChannels, then you must set the section's title by specifying a value for the snippet.title property.
notFound (404) channelNotFound One or more of the specified channels cannot be found.
notFound (404) playlistNotFound One or more of the specified playlists cannot be found.

channelSections.list

Error type Error detail Description
forbidden (403) channelSectionForbidden The requester is not allowed to access the requested channel sections.
invalidValue (400) idInvalid The request specifies an invalid channel section ID.
invalidValue (400) invalidCriteria The request could not be completed because the filter criteria are invalid.
notFound (404) channelNotFound The channel associated with the request cannot be found.
notFound (404) channelSectionNotFound The channel section associated with the request cannot be found.

channelSections.update

Error type Error detail Description
forbidden (403) channelSectionForbidden The request is not properly authenticated or is not supported for this channel.
invalidValue (400) channelNotActive At least one of the specified channels is not active.
invalidValue (400) channelsDuplicated The request failed because it specified duplicate channels.
invalidValue (400) channelsNeeded If the snippet.type property has a value of multipleChannels, then the contentDetails.channels[] property must be specified and must specify at least one channel.
invalidValue (400) channelsNotExpected The resource provided with the request specified a value for the contentDetails.channels[] property, but channels are not expected for this type of channel section.
invalidValue (400) contentDetailsNeeded The resource you are updating must contain a contentDetails object for this type of channel section.
invalidValue (400) idInvalid The id property specifies an invalid channel section ID.
invalidValue (400) idRequired The id property must specify a value that identifies the channel section being updated.
invalidValue (400) inValidPosition The snippet.position property contains an invalid value.
invalidValue (400) maxChannelsExceeded The request failed because it attempted to include too many channels in the channel section.
invalidValue (400) maxPlaylistExceeded The request failed because it attempted to include too many playlists in the channel section.
invalidValue (400) onePlaylistNeeded If the snippet.type property has a value of singlePlaylist, then the contentDetails.playlists[] property must specify exactly one playlist.
invalidValue (400) ownChannelInChannels You cannot include your own channel in a channel section that appears on that channel.
invalidValue (400) playlistIsPrivate One or more of the specified playlists are private and, therefore, cannot be included in the channel section.
invalidValue (400) playlistsDuplicated The request failed because it specified duplicate playlists.
invalidValue (400) playlistsNeeded If the snippet.type property has a value of singlePlaylist or multiplePlaylists, then the contentDetails.playlists[] property must be specified.
invalidValue (400) playlistsNotExpected The resource provided with the request specified a value for the contentDetails.playlists[] property, but playlists are not expected for this type of channel section.
invalidValue (400) snippetNeeded You must specify a snippet to update the channel section.
invalidValue (400) titleLengthExceeded The value of the snippet.title property is too long.
invalidValue (400) titleRequired If the snippet.type property has a value of multiplePlaylists or multipleChannels, then you must set the section's title by specifying a value for the snippet.title property.
notFound (404) channelNotFound One or more of the specified channels cannot be found.
notFound (404) channelSectionNotFound The channel section you are trying to update cannot be found.
notFound (404) playlistNotFound One or more of the specified playlists cannot be found.

channels

The tables below identify error messages that the API returns in response to calls related to channels resources. These methods could also return errors listed in the Common errors section.

channels.list

Error type Error detail Description
badRequest (400) invalidCriteria A maximum of one of the following filters may be specified:id, mySubscribers, categoryId, mine, managedByMe, forUsername. In case of content owner authentication via the onBehalfOfContentOwner parameter, only the id or managedByMe may be specified.
forbidden (403) channelForbidden The channel specified by the id parameter does not support the request or the request is not properly authorized.
notFound (404) categoryNotFound The category identified by the categoryId parameter cannot be found. Use the guideCategories.list method to retrieve a list of valid values.
notFound (404) channelNotFound The channel specified in the id parameter cannot be found.

channels.update

Error type Error detail Description
badRequest (400) brandingValidationError One of the values in the brandingSettings object failed validation. Use the channels.list method to retrieve the existing settings for the channel, and update the property values following the guidelines in the channels resource documentation.
badRequest (400) channelTitleUpdateForbidden When updating a channel's brandingSettings part, you must set the brandingSettings.channel.title property's value to the channel's current title or omit the property. The API returns an error if you change the property's value.
badRequest (400) invalidBrandingOption One of the branding settings that you specified does not exist. Use the channels.list method to retrieve valid values and make sure to update them following the guidelines in the channels resource documentation.
badRequest (400) invalidCustomMessage The request metadata specifies an invalid custom message. Check the value of the invideoPromotion.items[].customMessage property in the resource that the request sent.
badRequest (400) invalidDuration The request metadata specifies an invalid duration in the invideoPromotion part.
badRequest (400) invalidDuration The request metadata specifies an invalid position type for determining how the promoted item is positioned in the video player. Check the value of the invideoPromotion.position.type property in the resource that the request sent.
badRequest (400) invalidRecentlyUploadedBy The request metadata specifies an invalid channel ID. Check the value of the invideoPromotion.items[].id.recentlyUploadedBy property in the resource that the request sent.
badRequest (400) invalidTimingOffset The request metadata specifies an invalid timing offset in the invideoPromotion part.
badRequest (400) invalidTimingOffset The request metadata specifies an invalid timing offset for determining when the promoted item should be displayed in the video player. Check the value of the invideoPromotion.timing.offsetMs property in the resource that the request sent.
badRequest (400) invalidTimingType The request metadata specifies an invalid timing method for determining when the promoted item should be displayed in the video player. Check the value of the invideoPromotion.timing.type property in the resource that the request sent.
badRequest (400) tooManyPromotedItems Number of allowed promoted items exceeded in the invideoPromotion part.
forbidden (403) channelForbidden The channel specified in the id parameter does not support the request or the request is not properly authorized.
forbidden (403) promotedVideoNotAllowed The channel that the API request is attempting to update cannot be found. Check the value of the id property in the channel resource that the request sent to ensure that the channel ID is correct.
forbidden (403) websiteLinkNotAllowed The specified website url is not allowed.
notFound (404) channelNotFound The channel specified by the id parameter cannot be found or does not have branding options.
notFound (404) unknownChannelId The specified channel ID was not found.
notFound (404) unknownChannelId The specified recentlyUploadedBy channel ID was not found.
notFound (404) unknownVideoId The video ID specified as a promoted item cannot be found.
required (400) requiredItemIdType The request metadata must specify an item type in the invideoPromotion part.
required (400) requiredItemId The request metadata must specify an item id the invideoPromotion part.
required (400) requiredTimingOffset The request metadata must specify a default timing offset so that YouTube can determine when to display the promoted item. Set the value of the invideoPromotion.defaultTiming.offsetMs property in the resource that the request sends.
required (400) requiredTimingOffset The request metadata must specify a timing offset so that YouTube can determine when to display the promoted item. Set the value of the invideoPromotion.timing.offsetMs property in the resource that the request sends.
required (400) requiredTimingType The request metadata must specify a timing method so that YouTube can determine when to display the promoted item. Set the value of the invideoPromotion.defaultTiming.type property in the resource that the request sends.
required (400) requiredTimingType The request metadata must specify a timing method so that YouTube can determine when to display the promoted item. Set the value of the invideoPromotion.timing.type property in the resource that the request sends.
required (400) requiredTiming The request metadata must specify a timing for each item in the invideoPromotion part.
required (400) requiredVideoId The request metadata must specify a video ID to identify the promoted item.
required (400) requiredWebsiteUrl The request metadata must specify a website url in the invideoPromotion part. Set the value of the invideoPromotion.items[].id.websiteUrl property in the resource that the request sends.

guideCategories

The tables below identify error messages that the API returns in response to calls related to guideCategories resources. These methods could also return errors listed in the Common errors section.

guideCategories.list

Error type Error detail Description
notFound (404) notFound The guide category identified by the id parameter cannot be found. Use the guideCategories.list method to retrieve a list of valid values.

playlistItems

The tables below identify error messages that the API returns in response to calls related to playlistItems resources. These methods could also return errors listed in the Common errors section.

playlistItems.delete

Error type Error detail Description
forbidden (403) playlistItemsNotAccessible The request is not properly authorized to delete the specified playlist item.
notFound (404) playlistItemNotFound The playlist item identified with the request's id parameter cannot be found.

playlistItems.insert

Error type Error detail Description
duplicate videoAlreadyInPlaylist The video that you are trying to add to the playlist is already in the playlist.
forbidden (403) playlistContainsMaximumNumberOfVideos The playlist already contains the maximum allowed number of items.
invalidValue (400) invalidPlaylistItemPosition The request attempts to set the playlist item's position to an invalid or unsupported value. Check the value of the position property in the resource's snippet.
invalidValue (400) invalidResourceType The type specified for the resource ID is not supported for this operation. The resource ID identifies the item being added to the playlist – e.g. youtube#video.
notFound (404) playlistNotFound The playlist identified with the request's playlistId parameter cannot be found.
notFound (404) videoNotFound The video that you are trying to add to the playlist cannot be found. Check the value of the videoId property to ensure that it is correct.
required (400) channelIdRequired The request does not specify a value for the required channelId property.
required (400) playlistIdRequired The request does not specify a value for the required playlistId property.
required (400) resourceIdRequired The request must contain a resource in which the snippet object specifies a resourceId.

playlistItems.list

Error type Error detail Description
forbidden (403) playlistItemsNotAccessible The request is not properly authorized to retrieve the specified playlist.
notFound (404) playlistNotFound The playlist identified with the request's playlistId parameter cannot be found.
notFound (404) videoNotFound The video identified with the request's videoId parameter cannot be found.
required (400) playlistIdRequired The subscribe request does not specify a value for the required playlistId property.

playlistItems.update

Error type Error detail Description
invalidValue (400) invalidPlaylistItemPosition The request attempts to set the playlist item's position to an invalid or unsupported value. Check the value of the position property in the resource's snippet.
invalidValue (400) invalidResourceType The type specified for the resource ID is not supported for this operation. The resource ID identifies the item being added to the playlist – e.g. youtube#video.
invalidValue (400) invalidSnippet The request does not specify a valid snippet property.
notFound (404) playlistItemNotFound The playlist item identified with the request's id property cannot be found.
notFound (404) playlistNotFound The playlist identified with the request's playlistId parameter cannot be found.
required (400) channelIdRequired The request does not specify a value for the required channelId property.
required (400) playlistIdRequired The request does not specify a value for the required playlistId property.
required (400) playlistItemIdRequired The playlist item resource specified in the request must use the id property to identify the playlist item that is being updated.

playlists

The tables below identify error messages that the API returns in response to calls related to playlists resources. These methods could also return errors listed in the Common errors section.

playlists.delete

Error type Error detail Description
notFound (404) playlistNotFound The playlist identified with the request's id parameter cannot be found.

playlists.insert

Error type Error detail Description
invalidValue (400) invalidPlaylistSnippet The request provides an invalid playlist snippet.
required (400) playlistTitleRequired The request must specify a playlist title.

playlists.update

Error type Error detail Description
invalidValue (400) invalidPlaylistSnippet The request provides an invalid playlist snippet.
notFound (404) playlistNotFound The playlist identified with the request's id parameter cannot be found.
required (400) playlistTitleRequired The request must specify a playlist title.

subscriptions

The tables below identify error messages that the API returns in response to calls related to subscriptions resources. These methods could also return errors listed in the Common errors section.

subscriptions.delete

Error type Error detail Description
badRequest (400) accountClosed The account attempting to create the subscription has been closed.
badRequest (400) accountSuspended The account attempting to create the subscription has been suspended.
forbidden (403) subscriptionForbidden The request is not properly authenticated or not supported for this channel.
notFound (404) subscriptionNotFound The subscription that you are trying to delete cannot be found. Check the value of the request's id parameter to ensure that it is correct.

subscriptions.insert

Error type Error detail Description
badRequest (400) accountClosed The account attempting to create the subscription has been closed.
badRequest (400) accountSuspended The account attempting to create the subscription has been suspended.
badRequest (400) subscriptionDuplicate The subscription that you are trying to create already exists.
forbidden (403) subscriptionForbidden The request is not properly authenticated or not supported for this channel.
notFound (404) publisherNotFound The resource specified by the request's snippet.resourceId property cannot be found.
notFound (404) subscriberNotFound The subscriber identified with the request cannot be found.
required (400) publisherRequired The subscription resource specified in the request must use the snippet.resourceId property to identify the channel that is being subscribed to.

subscriptions.list

Error type Error detail Description
forbidden (403) accountClosed Subscriptions could not be retrieved because the subscriber's account is closed.
forbidden (403) accountSuspended Subscriptions could not be retrieved because the subscriber's account is suspended.
forbidden (403) subscriptionForbidden The requester is not allowed to access the requested subscriptions.
notFound (404) subscriberNotFound The subscriber identified with the request cannot be found.

thumbnails

The tables below identify error messages that the API returns in response to calls related to thumbnails resources. These methods could also return errors listed in the Common errors section.

thumbnails.set

Error type Error detail Description
badRequest (400) invalidImage The provided image content is invalid.
badRequest (400) mediaBodyRequired The request does not include the image content.
forbidden (403) forbidden The authenticated user doesn't have permissions to upload and set custom video thumbnails.
forbidden (403) forbidden The thumbnail can't be set for the specified video. The request might not be properly authorized.
notFound (404) videoNotFound The video that you are trying to insert a thumbnail image for cannot be found. Check the value of the request's videoId parameter to ensure that it is correct.

videoCategories

The tables below identify error messages that the API returns in response to calls related to videoCategories resources. These methods could also return errors listed in the Common errors section.

videoCategories.list

Error type Error detail Description
notFound (404) videoCategoryNotFound The video category identified by the id parameter cannot be found. Use the videoCategories.list method to retrieve a list of valid values.

videos

The tables below identify error messages that the API returns in response to calls related to videos resources. These methods could also return errors listed in the Common errors section.

videos.insert

Error type Error detail Description
badRequest (400) invalidCategoryId The snippet.categoryId property specifies an invalid category ID. Use the videoCategories.list method to retrieve supported categories.
badRequest (400) invalidDescription The request metadata specifies an invalid video description.
badRequest (400) invalidFilename The video filename specified in the Slug header is invalid.
badRequest (400) invalidPublishAt The request metadata specifies an invalid scheduled publishing time.
badRequest (400) invalidRecordingDetails The recordingDetails object in the request metadata specifies invalid recording details.
badRequest (400) invalidTags The request metadata specifies invalid video keywords.
badRequest (400) invalidTitle The request metadata specifies an invalid video title.
badRequest (400) invalidVideoGameRating The request metadata specifies an invalid video game rating.
badRequest (400) invalidVideoMetadata The request metadata is invalid.
badRequest (400) mediaBodyRequired The request does not include the video content.
forbidden (403) forbiddenLicenseSetting The request attempts to set an invalid license for the video.
forbidden (403) forbiddenPrivacySetting The request attempts to set an invalid privacy setting for the video.

videos.list

Error type Error detail Description
badRequest (400) videoChartNotFound The requested video chart is not supported or is not available.
forbidden (403) forbidden The request cannot access user rating information. This error may occur because the request is not properly authorized to use the myRating parameter.

videos.delete

Error type Error detail Description
forbidden (403) forbidden The video that you are trying to delete cannot be deleted. The request might not be properly authorized.
notFound (404) videoNotFound The video that you are trying to delete cannot be found. Check the value of the request's id parameter to ensure that it is correct.

videos.update

Error type Error detail Description
badRequest (400) invalidRequest The request metadata is invalid.
forbidden (403) forbidden
forbidden (403) forbiddenLicenseSetting The request attempts to set an invalid license for the video.
forbidden (403) forbiddenPrivacySetting The request attempts to set an invalid privacy setting for the video.
notFound (404) videoNotFound The video that you are trying to update cannot be found. Check the value of the id field in the request body to ensure that it is correct.

videos.rate

Error type Error detail Description
forbidden (403) forbidden The video that you are trying to rate cannot be rated. The request might not be properly authorized.
forbidden (403) videoRatingDisabled The owner of the video that you are trying to rate has disabled ratings for that video.
notFound (404) videoNotFound The video that you are trying to rate cannot be found. Check the value of the request's id parameter to ensure that it is correct.

watermarks

The tables below identify error messages that the API returns in response to calls related to watermarks resources. These methods could also return errors listed in the Common errors section.

watermarks.set

Error type Error detail Description
badRequest (400) imageFormatUnsupported The image you provided is in an unsupported format.
badRequest (400) imageTooTall The image you provided is too tall.
badRequest (400) imageTooWide The image you provided is too wide.
badRequest (400) mediaBodyRequired The request does not include the image content.
forbidden (403) forbidden The watermark can't be set for the specified channel. The request may not be properly authorized, or the channelId parameter is set to an invalid value.

watermarks.unset

Error type Error detail Description
forbidden (403) forbidden The watermark can't be unset for the specified channel. The request may not be properly authorized, or the channelId parameter is set to an invalid value.

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