29 Best Survival YouTube Channels of 2023 (Ranked by Popularity)

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We searched through YouTube to find the best survival YouTube channels for people interested in learning about survival. These survival experts provide demonstrations, share experiences, and explain the important concepts to know about survival skills for difficult environments. This list of survival YouTubers is ranked in order of popularity based on the highest subscriber count.

1. Survival Builder

Survival Builder covers primitive survivial skills with primitive technology.

Subscribers: 10,400,000

Views: 2,405,011,828

Videos: 270

Average Views Per Video: 8,907,452

Joined: Jul 7, 2015

Popular Video: Build Tunnel Swimming Pool Water Slide To Temple Underground Swimming Pool

2. Primitive Survival Tool

Join the adventure that brings you closer to the most beloved, bizarre and misunderstood creatures known to man.

Subscribers: 6,250,000

Views: 966,164,594

Videos: 196

Average Views Per Video: 4,929,412

Joined: Dec 11, 2015

Popular Video: Unbelievable! Build Swimming Pool Around Secret Underground House

3. Primitive Survival

We try to go to the forest and live for a while. bring nothing of the modern world

Subscribers: 4,930,000

Views: 1,099,950,795

Videos: 275

Average Views Per Video: 3,999,822

Joined: Aug 11, 2007

Popular Video: Build Swimming Pool Water Slide Around Secret Underground House

4. Primitive Survival Life

Subscribers: 1,090,000

Views: 64,421,036

Videos: 90

Average Views Per Video: 715,790

Joined: Jan 25, 2017

Popular Video: Girl Living Off Grid Built The Most Secret Underground Tunnel Shelter In 202

5. Survival Lilly

Hi, my name is Lilly! I am a survivalist from Austria and I like to share my experiences with like minded people. My channel is about: – Wilderness Survival (both stoneage and modern day survival) – Prepping and other long-term survival activities

Subscribers: 1,080,000

Views: 172,736,246

Videos: 609

Average Views Per Video: 283,640

Joined: Jan 14, 2011

Popular Video: Building A Super Shelter In The Woods (Part 1

6. BlackScoutSurvival

Black Scout Survival is a collaboration of all things tactical and survival. To us “survival” is more than just wilderness survival. Follow Jack Richland the host of our channel as we cover Urban/Wilderness Survival, Lock Picking, Self-Defense, Disaster Prep, Knife/Tactical/Outdoor gear reviews and much more.

Subscribers: 607,000

Views: 84,127,045

Videos: 1,174

Average Views Per Video: 71,659

Joined: Feb 19, 2012

Popular Video: Pick Locks with Paperclips

7. Kent Survival

Bushcraft, Survival, Camping, Reviews, History, Rations, Tutorials and much more.

Subscribers: 515,000

Views: 84,361,802

Videos: 344

Average Views Per Video: 245,238

Joined: Nov 20, 2016

Popular Video: Biggest Bushcraft Breakfast cooked on a Rock in the Rain

8. DropForgedSurvival

Survivalist, Bushcraft, Primitive Skills, Air Rifles & Prepping In Texas This channel is about the outdoors. Not just survival, fishing, hunting, trapping, or bushcraft but rather the entire process of procuring resources necessary for sustained survival!

Subscribers: 394,000

Views: 54,558,063

Videos: 616

Average Views Per Video: 88,569

Joined: Nov 10, 2013

Popular Video: $100 Walmart Survival Kit! Ultralight Bugout Bag for 7 Day Survival Challenge

9. Full Spectrum Survival

Welcome to Full Spectrum Survival. We are providing near daily financial and economic news and comments by sharing the information that you need to know!

Subscribers: 345,000

Views: 7,027,572

Videos: 131

Average Views Per Video: 53,646

Joined: Aug 6, 2012

Popular Video: WARNING! These Are POISON – Do Not BUY THESE For Your Survival or Preparedness Group

10. JoeandZachSurvival

We have devoted this youtube channel to survival. Everything about survival will be talked about. From wilderness survival to food storage and being prepared.

Subscribers: 242,000

Views: 81,162,172

Videos: 1,210

Average Views Per Video: 67,077

Joined: Mar 27, 2011

Popular Video: THE TENT. First Snowfall Of The Year. 8-10 inches on the ground. Clearing trees.

11. Sigma 3 Survival School

This channel is designed to be a completely comprehensive video encyclopedia for survival, tactical, medical, and preparedness skills.

Subscribers: 205,000

Views: 23,909,967

Videos: 259

Average Views Per Video: 92,317

Joined: Sep 16, 2010

Popular Video: Living off the Jungle, Wild Foods Tour

12. Living Survival

Prepare. Adapt. Survive.

Subscribers: 183,000

Views: 37,621,847

Videos: 851

Average Views Per Video: 44,209

Joined: Nov 10, 2013

Popular Video: Baofeng for Dummies UV5R+ HAM Radio Tutorial

13. Can We Survive

Can We Survive is an Outdoor Adventure channel. We offer a variety of videos for the Outdoor enthusiasts, ranging from simple camp fire cooking, hiking, survival skill training and Overlanding with a custom Jeep.

Subscribers: 173,000

Views: 5,371,013

Videos: 40

Average Views Per Video: 134,276

Joined: Jan 28, 2015

Popular Video: Mojave Desert Survival Training (Bushcraft & Survival Skills)

14. Reality Survival

I’m a Christian, Husband, Father, Modern Homesteader, Veteran and former USAF SERE Instructor (Class 97-02). I teach disaster preparedness & crisis management skills & do tool & gear reviews.

Subscribers: 99,200

Views: 11,588,038

Videos: 1,075

Average Views Per Video: 10,780

Joined: Jun 26, 2011

Popular Video: 25 Things NOT To Do If You Bug IN

15. Will Lord Prehistoric Survival

Practicing Ancient skills to understand better who we are and where we come from. I hope that my videos allow you a glimpse into a time from many thousands of years ago.

Subscribers: 76,700

Views: 11,141,078

Videos: 241

Average Views Per Video: 46,229

Joined: Oct 7, 2012

Popular Video: Prehistoric Survival | Flint Knapping.

16. Survival prepping for normal people

Just good ideas and habits for life before or after a disaster of any size or scope.

Subscribers: 42,700

Views: 5,179,033

Videos: 562

Average Views Per Video: 9,216

Joined: Sep 24, 2016

Popular Video: What a Green Beret told me about SHTF

17. Survival Common Sense

Here are some tips and suggestions to help you and your family survive the worst case scenario.

Subscribers: 42,300

Views: 9,625,463

Videos: 328

Average Views Per Video: 29,346

Joined: Mar 28, 2011

Popular Video: How to build a better brick rocket stove for $10

18. The Survival Outpost

The Survival Outpost is focused on training and survival strategies for urban and wilderness environments.

Subscribers: 40,400

Views: 3,715,023

Videos: 239

Average Views Per Video: 15,545

Joined: Jan 20, 2015

Popular Video: Built my FIRST Bug Out Bag survival kit #bugoutbag #survivalkit #shtf #prepper

19. Survival Sherpa

We’ll cover practical skills (not theory) of self-reliance like functional fitness, outdoor self-reliance, emergency preparedness, blacksmithing, food independence, hunting/fishing, and other stuff of interest.

Subscribers: 29,200

Views: 5,431,110

Videos: 184

Average Views Per Video: 29,517

Joined: Oct 14, 2014

Popular Video: Off Grid Winch: Making a Flip Flop Winch

20. Survival Life

Thousands of survival tips, gear reviews, free survival skills training, survival knives, kits, survival food supplies for preppers & emergency preparedness-minded people.

Subscribers: 18,700

Views: 26,961,064

Videos: 290

Average Views Per Video: 92,970

Joined: Jul 29, 2013

Popular Video: This T-Shirt Is Your Uniform For The War On Free Speech. Time To Suit Up!

21. Survival Instinct

Survival, DIY and more

Subscribers: 10,000

Views: 1,422,686

Videos: 53

Average Views Per Video: 26,844

Joined: Feb 18, 2016

Popular Video: Opinel carbone mods

22. Mike Helton Survival and Prepping

Subscribers: 4,910

Views: 599,244

Videos: 513

Average Views Per Video: 1,169

Joined: Mar 18, 2016

Popular Video: SHTF – Prepping items you should have more more more of

23. Instinct Survivalist

The channel focus is all about using your instincts to survive. In doing so, I teach Bushcraft/Wilderness Skills, skills that can be used for survival, and product reviews.

Subscribers: 4,080

Views: 536,251

Videos: 275

Average Views Per Video: 1,951

Joined: Oct 12, 2011

Popular Video: Burn Bowl and Boiling Water

24. Odin’s Wolf Survival

Odins Wolf Survival is a channel focused on survival, gear reviews, and making things.

Subscribers: 3,620

Views: 331,432

Videos: 429

Average Views Per Video: 773

Joined: Aug 8, 2014

Popular Video: Odin’s Wolf Survival reviews the Helle Viking Knife.

25. Survival Dads

The survival dads want to help get people into the great outdoors and also want to help people prepare for any bad situations that they may find themselves in!

Subscribers: 2,860

Views: 529,374

Videos: 404

Average Views Per Video: 1,311

Joined: Dec 8, 2015

Popular Video: Bushnell Equinox night vision test

26. Survival Sullivan

Not to brag, but my team and I have some of the best survival content around.

Subscribers: 2,520

Views: 271,350

Videos: 108

Average Views Per Video: 2,513

Joined: Jan 16, 2017

Popular Video: How to Prepare Your House to Bug In

27. Ungrateful Peasant

Veteran, Patriot, Father, Husband, and Caretaker of American history. Discussions to promote rugged individualism, and free living.

Subscribers: 1,690

Views: 36,758

Videos: 121

Average Views Per Video: 304

Joined: Dec 18, 2014

Popular Video: 5:11 Norris Sneaker: The best Tennis shoes money can buy.

28. Wildcat Creek Survival

Survival & Metal detecting & Other interesting stuff

Subscribers: 1,280

Views: 24,253

Videos: 41

Average Views Per Video: 592

Joined: Oct 26, 2016

Popular Video: Stamp albums – The Good, Bad, and Ugly

29. Wilderness Survival Tips and Tricks

On my channel, “Wilderness Survival Tips and Tricks,” you can learn survival tips for every season, every place, and every environment.

Subscribers: 1,160

Views: 430,426

Videos: 81

Average Views Per Video: 5,314

Joined: Dec 30, 2015

Popular Video: Building a Fishing Pole with ALL natural materials

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