HTMLMediaElement: seeking event

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The seeking event is fired when a seek operation starts, meaning the Boolean seeking attribute has changed to true and the media is seeking a new position.

Bubbles No
Cancelable No
Interface Event
Target Element
Default Action None
Event handler property GlobalEventHandlers.onseeking
Specification HTML5 media


These examples add an event listener for the HTMLMediaElement's seeking event, then post a message when that event handler has reacted to the event firing.

Using addEventListener():

const video = document.querySelector('video');

video.addEventListener('seeking', (event) => {
  console.log('Video is seeking a new position.');

Using the onseeking event handler property:

const video = document.querySelector('video');

video.onseeking = (event) => {
  console.log('Video is seeking a new position.');


Specification Status
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'seeking media event' in that specification.
Living Standard
The definition of 'seeking media event' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
seeking eventChrome Full support 3Edge Full support YesFirefox Full support 3.5IE Full support 9Opera Full support 10.5Safari Full support 3.1WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes


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