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HTML <object> Tag


An embedded image:

<object data="pic_trulli.jpg" width="300" height="200"> </object>


An embedded HTML page:

<object data="snippet.html" width="500" height="200"> </object>


An embedded video:

<object data="video.mp4" width="400" height="300"> </object>

Definition and Usage

The <object> tag defines a container for an external resource.

The external resource can be a web page, a picture, a media player, or a plug-in application.

To embed a picture, it is better to use the <img> tag.

To embed HTML, it is better to use the <iframe> tag.

To embed video or audio, it is better to use the <video> and <audio> tags.

Browser Support

<object> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes


The <object> tag was originally designed to embed browser Plug-ins.

Plug-ins are computer programs that extend the standard functionality of the browser.

Plug-ins have been used for many different purposes:

  • Run Java applets
  • Run ActiveX controls
  • Display Flash movies
  • Display maps
  • Scan for viruses
  • Verify a bank id

Warning !

Most browsers no longer support Java Applets and Plug-ins.

ActiveX controls are no longer supported in any browser.

The support for Shockwave Flash has also been turned off in modern browsers.


Attribute Value Description
data URL Specifies the URL of the resource to be used by the object
form form_id Specifies which form the object belongs to
height pixels Specifies the height of the object
name name Specifies a name for the object
type media_type Specifies the media type of data specified in the data attribute
typemustmatch true/false Specifies whether the type attribute and the actual content of the resource must match to be displayed
usemap #mapname Specifies the name of a client-side image map to be used with the object
width pixels Specifies the width of the object

Global Attributes

The <object> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.

Event Attributes

The <object> tag also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.

Related Pages

HTML tutorial: HTML Object Element

HTML DOM reference: Object Object

Default CSS Settings

Most browsers will display the <object> element with the following default values:

object:focus {
  outline: none;