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HTML <video> src Attribute

❮ HTML <video> tag


Play a video:

<video src="movie.ogg" controls>
  Your browser does not support the video tag.
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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 Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Opera.

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

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


<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.
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Browser Support

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

src 4.0 9.0 3.5 3.1 11.5

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


<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