How To Watch Youku Outside China

As one of the most popular video websites in China, Youku is available for you to watch hundreds of movies and TV series online free.

But all those videos are only available for Mainland China, as what you can see from the following image:

Watch Youku outside China

Luckily, where there's a will there's always a way, you can definitely watch Youku outside China.

How To Watch Youku Outside China?

In theory, you can use a VPN or proxy tool of a Chinese IP to watch the Youku videos outside China, like what we do with Hulu outside US.

Besides, you can also check out the following 2 free browser extensions to change your default IP address to a Chinese one directly, without any VPN or proxy tool required:

1. Mason

Watch Youku outside China via Mason

If you are using Firefox, you can check out the Mason add-on.

After installation, you can see an extension icon on the Add-on Bar, right-click on the icon, click the "Add" button, and enter the following information:

Description: Youku (or any other name you like)

Include URL: youku.com

After that, choose "customize header" from the "Function" menu, click the "Config…" button, and enter the following data:

Header Key: X-Forwarded-For

Header Value: 114.114.114.114

By the way, you can change the above "Header Value" to any Chinese IP address. After that, click OK, OK and OK to save the settings, then you can watch Youku on your Firefox browser outside China.

2. Change HTTP Request Header

Watch Youku outside China via Change HTTP Request Header

If you are using Chrome, you can check out the Change HTTP Request Header extension.

On the "Options" page of the extension, click the "X-Forwarded-For" item on the left "Editable Headers" column, and click the "Add" button to add the following information:

Name: Youku (or any other name you like)

Value: 114.114.114.114 (or any other Chinese IP)

After that, click the "Add" button below to add the following information:

URL

include

youku.com

And click the "Save" button to save the settings, then you can start to watch Youku on your Chrome browser outside China.

A piece of cake, right?

Update: Both Mason and Change HTTP Request Header are not available any more, instead, you can check out Unblock Youku.

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8 Comments

  1. Zinn
    Posted February 21, 2013 at 4:55 am | Permalink

    Not working for me ):

  2. Jen wen
    Posted March 21, 2013 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    It’s not working for me!

  3. Bennykoh
    Posted June 7, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Now Youku web and many more china audio and video steaming have block out the world. Even Using VPN or socket 5 also cannot access it even if you can access the main page you will not even can watch all video streaming file at all. As China have Youku, Tuduo, etc etc can only watch in Mainland . as we have Youtube .. as we all know Youtube can not be access in China so as Facebook…  All the above trick will not work now … as Youku will load a static file to check your location even with VPN then will block it… Hope someone will find a solution again…

  4. Posted June 7, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Bennykoh Did you use a VPN or proxy of a Chinese IP address when testing and watching Youku videos outside China?

  5. Posted June 22, 2013 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    Both Mason and Change HTTP Request Header were not available for you to watch YouKu video outside any more.

  6. Posted June 23, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Both Mason and Change HTTP Request Header were NOT available any more, instead, you can check out Unblock Youku ( http://freenuts.com/unblock-youku/ ) , which is a FREE Chrome extension with better experiences.

  7. imjsquare
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Hi, how about using youku apps on ipad? any idea?

  8. Posted December 19, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    imjsquare As far as I know, the only way to watch YouKu videos on iPad outside China is to get and run a Chinese VPN (a VPN built in a Chinese server, with a Chinese IP address), but unluckily, I haven”t known any FREE  Chinese VPN services yet, though you can buy a Chinese server and build a VPN yourself.