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HTML Video

Browser Support

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

Browsers Icon


  • Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Apple Safari
  • Opera

Basic Support

  • YES
  • YES
  • YES
  • YES
  • YES


  • 3.5
  • 4.0
  • 9.0
  • 4.0
  • 10.5

The HTML <video> Element

To play an video file in HTML, use the <video> element:

<video controls="controls" src="media/shuttle.mp4">
    Your browser does not support the HTML5 Video element.

An audio, using the browser default set of controls, with alternative sources.

<video controls="controls">
    <source src="media/shuttle.mp4" type="video/mp4">
    <source src="media/shuttle.ogv" type="video/ogg">
    Your browser does not support the HTML5 Video element.

How it Works

The controls attribute adds video controls, like play, pause, and volume.

It is a good idea to always include width and height attributes. If height and width are not set, the page might flicker while the video loads.

The <source> element allows you to specify alternative video files which the browser may choose from. The browser will use the first recognized format.

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

HTML <video> Autoplay

To start a video automatically use the autoplay attribute:

<video controls="controls" src="media/shuttle.mp4" autoplay>
    Your browser does not support the HTML5 Video element.

Note : The autoplay attribute does not work in mobile devices like iPad and iPhone.

HTML Video - Browser Support

In HTML5, there are 3 supported video formats: MP4, WebM, and Ogg.

The browser support for the different formats is:

Browser MP4 WebM Ogg
Internet Explorer YES NO NO
Safari YES NO NO
Opera YES (from Opera 25) YES YES

HTML Video - Media Types

File Format Media Type
MP4 video/mp4
WebM video/webm
Ogg video/ogg

HTML Video - Methods, Properties, and Events

HTML5 defines DOM methods, properties, and events for the <video> element.

This allows you to load, play, and pause videos, as well as setting duration and volume.

There are also DOM events that can notify you when a video begins to play, is paused, etc.

Embedding the YouTube Videos

This is the easiest and popular way to embed videos files in the web pages. Just upload the video on YouTube and insert HTML code to display that video in your web page.

how to embeded youtube videos on html

<iframe width="560" height="315" 
src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-7ON5DxJdyc" frameborder="0"
allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"

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