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HTML <video> src Attribute

HTML video Tag Reference HTML <video> tag

Example

Play a video:

<video src="movie.ogg" controls>
  Your browser does not support the video tag.
</video>

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Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari

The src attribute is supported in all major browsers. However, the file format defined may not be supported in all browsers.

Note: Internet Explorer 8 and earlier versions, do not support the <video> tag.


Definition and Usage

The src attribute specifies the location (URL) of the video file.

The example above uses an Ogg file, and will work in Firefox, Opera and Chrome.

To play the video in Internet Explorer and Safari, we must use an MPEG4 file.

To make it work in all browsers - use <source> elements inside the <video> element. <source> elements can link to different video files. The browser will use the first recognized format:

Example

<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>

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Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

The <video> tag is new in HTML5.


Syntax

<video src="URL">

Attribute Values

Value Description
URL The URL of the video file.

Possible values:

  • An absolute URL - points to another web site (like src="http://www.example.com/movie.ogg")
  • A relative URL - points to a file within a web site (like src="movie.ogg")


HTML video Tag Reference HTML <video> tag

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