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HTML controls Attribute


Definition and Usage

The controls attribute is a boolean attribute.

When present, it specifies that audio/video controls should be displayed.

Controls should include:

  • Play
  • Pause
  • Seeking
  • Volume
  • Fullscreen toggle (for video only)
  • Captions/Subtitles (for video only, when available)
  • Track (for video only, when available)

Applies to

The controls attribute can be used on the following elements:

Elements Attribute
<audio> controls
<video> controls

Examples

Audio Example

An <audio> element with browser default controls:

<audio controls>
  <source src="horse.ogg" type="audio/ogg">
  <source src="horse.mp3" type="audio/mpeg">
  Your browser does not support the audio element.
</audio>
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Video Example

A <video> element with browser default controls:

<video 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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Browser Support

The controls attribute has the following browser support for each element:

Element
audio 4.0 9.0 3.5 4.0 10.5
video 4.0 9.0 3.5 4.0 10.5