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HTML <video> Tag


Example

Play a video:

<video width="320" height="240" controls>
  <source src="movie.mp4" type="video/mp4">
  <source src="movie.ogg" type="video/ogg">
  Your browser does not support the video tag.
</video>

Definition and Usage

The <video> tag is used to embed video content in a document, such as a movie clip or other video streams.

The <video> tag contains one or more <source> tags with different video sources. The browser will choose the first source it supports.

The text between the <video> and </video> tags will only be displayed in browsers that do not support the <video> element.

There are three supported video formats in HTML: MP4, WebM, and OGG.

Browser MP4 WebM Ogg
Edge / IE YES NO NO
Chrome YES YES YES
Firefox YES YES YES
Safari YES NO NO
Opera YES YES YES

Tips and Notes

Tip: For audio files, look at the <audio> tag.


Browser Support

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the element.

Element
<video> 4.0 9.0 3.5 3.1 11.5

Optional Attributes

Attribute Value Description
autoplay autoplay Specifies that the video will start playing as soon as it is ready
controls controls Specifies that video controls should be displayed (such as a play/pause button etc).
height pixels Sets the height of the video player
loop loop Specifies that the video will start over again, every time it is finished
muted muted Specifies that the audio output of the video should be muted
poster URL Specifies an image to be shown while the video is downloading, or until the user hits the play button
preload auto
metadata
none
Specifies if and how the author thinks the video should be loaded when the page loads
src URL Specifies the URL of the video file
width pixels Sets the width of the video player

Global Attributes

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


Event Attributes

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


Related Pages

HTML DOM reference: HTML Audio/Video DOM Reference


Default CSS Settings

None.